Write Like An Author Lynne Chapman
We asked our Featured Author to set a writing exercise to help budding authors to write like a professional writer.
This month, our Featured Author Lynne Chapman has set a writing assignment to inspire you and to develop your creative writing techniques.
Aim of exercise:
To use your imagination to see familiar things in a very different way and to think about what it would be like if you were suddenly forced to live differently to how you do now. What you write could be a poem that explores what you might do and how you might feel, or it could take you on an adventure that becomes a short story – it’s up to you!
What to do:
Imagine if you were really, really small, if you were as tiny as a fly. Where would you go and what would you do? Would it be fun or a real nuisance? Perhaps you can fly, or perhaps it takes you a very long time to walk everywhere. Can you swim? Just think how massive even a sink full of water would seem! What would the greatest dangers be? One thing’s for certain – you would be near to invisible! Would you use this advantage to do good deeds or perhaps you would be really naughty? And one other thing to think about - are you the only one who is tiny, or do you discover someone else the same as you?
You might imagine your tiny self as the real you, suddenly made small and having to cope with your life in your new body. Or you might be an imaginary character in a completely different place.
Use all your senses, not just your eyes: how would things feel under your feet? Would things smell or sound different now you’re so small? What would you eat?
Things look very different viewed from a different perspective: chose somewhere high up in the room where you are now and try to imagine what you and the room would look like if you were looking down from there. Would you see more or less? Now lie on your back on the floor and see how things look from there.
For a fun way to get ideas for writing more stories, have a look at this page on my website: www.lynnechapman.co.uk.
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