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Your Character vs Technology

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 be someone empowered or enfeebled by an advancement. It’s up to you. Remember the heartbeat of a story is conflict. It doesn’t need to be a huge conflict – in Flowers for Algernon the first problem the protagonist encounters when he is made more intelligent is the loss of his position in the social hierarchy at work, where he has been too stupid to realise he is the butt of cruel jokes and a victim of bullying. He stops being bullied but loses people he considered his friends. It might, of course, be a huge conflict internally as someone struggles to make sense of the world after being reincarnated or externally as the aliens burn holes in the spaceship hull.

Try to make the response emotional. It’s great for the protagonist to come up with a clever technical solution to a problem but we need to know how they feel about that.

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Bringing Dramatic Action Into A Scene

The purpose of this exercise is to help us bring dramatic action to our scenes. Firstly we should…

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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…

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6 Tips on Writing Queer Fiction

If you’re describing a same sex relationship or one involving someone who is trans or intersex or in…

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Inside the Shed

Sometimes we are really keen to tell our readers everything, to make sure that they understand what it…

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You don’t have to tell young readers as much as you think

There is sometimes an assumption that younger readers won’t understand what’s going on unless the plot and the…

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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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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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Expressing the inexpressible

This exercise is very simple, but it’s an exercise that touches on both the material and language of…

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The sounds of your world

Writing audio drama is about identifying significant sound. You need to identify and create the sound world that…

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