Coffee break exercise: Middle

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In this week's creative writing exercise we give you a beginning and ending to a story or poem and you write what happens in between

 

In this week's creative writing exercise we give you a beginning and ending to a story or poem and you write what happens in between

At the top of a piece of paper or new blank document, write 'You have to follow the instructions.' At the bottom, type 'The end result was not what they expected.'

Set your timer for fifteen minutes, and write what happened in the middle of the story. Who has to follow what instructions, and why? Write in whatever form, style or genre works best for you.

When you have finished, read through what you have written, and if you're pleased with what you've come up with, make a few notes about how you could expand or refine the piece you've begun creating.

 

This writing might get you thinking about plotting – read this article if you'd like an in-depth look at how to structure a novel.