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Arvon Friends Writing Tips and Exercises

Find writing tips and exercises from our Arvon tutors here, to develop your craft and inspire your imagination. Each writing tip comes with a related writing exercise, and a new tip and exercise are added every fortnight.

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Writing Exercises

Your Character vs Technology

Genre: Fiction & Science Fiction

Write a short scene of up to 1000 words in which your protagonist is interacting with your imagined technology in a problematic way. They might be in a futuristic prison, they might be someone freshly-made unemployed by a technological development, they might ...

Mark Barrowcliffe

Writing Tips

Writing Science Fiction – The New Thing

Genre: Fiction & Science Fiction

1. Remember as you shape your story, that you are writing science fiction. Understand what science fiction is and shape the plot accordingly. Or don’t, but be aware that you’re moving out of the genre. A love story with ray guns is not a SF story. A love s...

Mark Barrowcliffe

Writing Tips

Finish Before The End

Genre: Theatre

I always find that finishing my working day before I’ve ran out of ideas is a great help. Imagine you’re writing your scene/s, you’ve planned and thought what is going to happen, how the scene will start, who will be in it, how it will end, perhaps you...

Ishy Din

Writing Exercises

Bringing Dramatic Action Into A Scene

Genre: Theatre

The purpose of this exercise is to help us bring dramatic action to our scenes. Firstly we should examine what we mean by Dramatic Action? Dramatic Action is the tactics a character is using to achieve his or her goals. There will be the overarching goal of wh...

Ishy Din

Writing Exercises

The Object Exercise

Genre: All

Think of an object or thing that you can’t live without and write it down, not a mobile phone or any electronic device! Then list 12 words that you associate with that object or thing, they can be abstract or descriptive. Now I’d like you to write a rant....

Ishy Din

Writing Tips

Don’t get distracted

Genre:

Somebody once said about writing, “If it’s easy you’re not doing it right”. And because it is so difficult it’s easy to get distracted, here are a couple of little tips to concentrate the mind. If like me your procrastination and displacement activit...

Ishy Din

Writing Exercises

Playing at families

Genre: Poetry

Many years ago I wrote a poem called ‘Playing at Families’ in which I imagined that my parents were tiny dolls that slept in matchboxes. It revealed a lot to me about my relationship with them. The writing of the poem brought me a new thought; this exercis...

Caroline Bird

Writing Tips

Vuja de

Genre: Poetry

‘New experiences’ are often cited as creative fuel but let’s face it, life can be repetitive, most of us sleep in the same bed every night, ride the same trains, see the same people every day, embark upon different versions of the same conversations, so ...

Caroline Bird

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