Coffee break exercise: Shops

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With everyone frantically rushing round doing Christmas shopping, shops are the inspiration for this week's creative writing exercise

 

With everyone frantically rushing round doing Christmas shopping, shops are the inspiration for this week's creative writing exercise

Set the timer for five minutes and free-write about shops or create a mind-map. Think about big department stores and old-fashioned sweet shops.

Take a few minutes to choose a shop as a setting for your story. Write down some sensory detail about it – colours, sounds, smells and textures. For the remaining time, create the draft of a poem or the beginning of a story.

 

Inspired by this? Here are some more quick creative writing exercises for when you want to make the most of a brief moment of quiet time.