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Flip the Scene

We’ve all got one in our distant past: the great love that got away because we were too tongue-tied, or clumsy or didn’t even cross the room to engage in conversation. Get it out of your system once and for all by writing the might have been. How should you have acted? What should you have said?

But once you’ve sketched that out, I want you to flip the scene on its head and write it from the great love’s point of view making yourself just a character, not a person we get inside at all.

And once you’ve done that – and the romantic or antiromantic conclusion is neither here nor there by this stage – have a go at playing around with the genders. If you’re both women trying making the two of you men. Or one of you trans. Or not even human.

See the fun you’re having now?

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Find your story in a setting

This is a research exercise really – one that will help you find a story out of setting….

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Setting is your friend

When you write, do you start by thinking about the theme you want to explore? Or is it…

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Drawing your childhood memories

We all have child’s eye views – many in fact. Some might say we’re already a step ahead…

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Creating ‘Child Eye’s View’ when writing for young people

Young people don’t just come under the heading of one audience. There are so many different ages and…

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Trusting the power of gravity

As a competitive fellrunner (and avid cyclist, mountaineer, swimmer etc. etc. you get the idea) I’m fascinated by…

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Don’t write poems – write an artwork, a musical composition, a dance

What if we quit thinking of poetry as a literary form, and instead conceive of it as a…

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Emotionally Engage

If you think about plays you’ve enjoyed, that stay with you, and try and work out why they…

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Gas Ring – the game

A quick exercise to show the importance of writing high stakes for your characters when writing a play….

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Writing the unspoken

quicken: to accelerate; to impart energy or liveliness to; to invigorate; to stimulate; to give life to; to…

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An art collaboration

You don’t have to know an artist to collaborate with them. They don’t even need to be alive….

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How to Play

Take a blank sheet of paper. At the top of it, fill in the blanks of this statement:…

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