Coffee-break writing: Strange


20 October 2023
Make dramatic sense of something odd or weird in this week’s creative writing exercise

First, mine your memory banks for something weird or strange that has made a deep and lasting impression on you. It might be a song, a picture, a story, and event. It might be an overheard conversation, or a fragment of speech. It might be something you saw in passing, or a newspaper headline, or something that happened to you.

Now, make that strange and singular thing the subject of a story. No matter now inexplicable it may be in real life, give it a past, present and possible future. Create a sense of logic round it. Make some kind of sense around the strange thing.

Then, begin to write your story or poem.

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