Coffee break exercise: Time-wasting activities

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What do you do to put off writing? Turn it to good use in this week's creative writing exercise

 

What do you do to put off writing? Turn it to good use in this week's creative writing exercise

Most of us have time-wasting habits that take up mental space where we could be doing something more creative or useful – such as writing. Note down your most persistent offender. Is is Facebook, scrolling through Instagram, flicking through a magazine you aren't really interested in, looking at recipes you've no intention of actually cooking, or playing a game on autopilot? Whatever time-wasting activity you pick, spend a few minutes making notes about why you chose that activity and why that particular one appeals to you.

Now spend ten minutes creating a first-person narrator who takes your chosen time-wasting activity into the realms of an obsession.

 

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