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Coffee break writing inspiration: Your bookshelves

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Use your own library as a prompt in our latest creative writing exercise

Set your timer for five minutes. Pick up a book of poems. Turn to page five and begin with the first line on that page. The line I got was ‘And this is how everything vanishes.’ (You can use this if you like!) Free-write until the buzzer goes. Don’t cross out or edit.

Set the timer again. For the next five minutes, read through what you have written. Underline any words or phrases you particularly like. Choose one of them and free-write again.

For your last five minutes, begin to craft a poem or flash fiction story from your raw material.

 

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