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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

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.

 

Wondering what's the best way to get writing? Read these ten good ways to start a story.

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