Coffee break exercise: Mastermind
Use one of your specialist subjects (outside writing!) to generate new creative writing in this week's exercise
For the first five minutes, imagine how you would explain your hobby, pastime or area of interest to a complete stranger who had never been involved in it. It might be a sport, craft, language, period of history, collecting – but it must be something you are passionate about. Who is this stranger? How old are they? Why might they be interested in this area that you are knowledgeable about? Make notes.
For the next ten minutes, start to write in the first person, either as a dramatic monologue, a piece of short fiction or a poem, imagining someone coming to your specialist subject for the first time and making a start on it. Imagine what drew them to it, what their interest might be, why they are approaching it for the first time at this point in their life, and what their first steps might be into this new area of interest. Write it in the character's voice.
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