Monday, 22 December 2014

12 days of writing: time

This Christmas, sneak off for twenty minutes to half an hour each day for some lovely, restful creative play with the 12 Days of Writing. If you've just joined in, start your story here. Each day, you get a new prompt to develop it further. (Subscribe to the blog on the top right to get it emailed to you.)

A rich time setting



Note: you need some internet access for this one. If you don't have internet access where you write, or it's quite weak, use these time prompts instead.

When is your story set? If you don't have a time-setting, Wikipedia has a handy list to give you ideas. Even if it's contemporary, pick the exact year.

You're going to spend ten minutes researching your story's time-setting online - here's some ideas about what kind of things to find out:


and here's a range of useful websites to explore. Only ten minutes mind - don't fall down the rabbit hole! Make quick notes in your notebook as you go.

Once you've got a richer idea of your story's time setting, spend another ten minutes writing about how that time setting affects the story.


Tomorrow we'll play with Plot-layering. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.

For more on exploring and enriching stories, you can download the Story Elements: The Complete Set - only available until the end of 30 December 2014. Find out more, see previews, and download it here.

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