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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Weekly writing prompt: morning routine fear

Morning routine fear

Your weekend writing prompt is to play with fear. You don't have to be writing horror or thrillers to play with this – practising writing fear is useful for all manner of stories.

If you have an existing story or character, you're going to write your main (or a secondary) character going about their usual morning routine, except they are terrified. Absolutely terrified. But here's the catch: don't mention that they're terrified, and don't say what they're so very scared of. Just write them going through their usual routine, in a state of terror.
If you don't have a character to use / don't want to do that with them right now, then write about someone who runs a charity shop opening it up first thing in the morning: all the usual routines and setting up, and the same thing – they're terrified the whole time, but don't mention that they're terrified, and don't say what they're so very scared of.

This is the 11th of 12 weekly writing prompts in the run-up to the Summer of Writing workshops in Oxford this August. Each of the prompts loosely connects with one of the Summer of Writing workshops: this one links with the Page Turners workshop, as writing from strong emotion is one of the core sources of suspense.

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  • Saturday 3 August: Page-Turners: how to keep the reader reading – whether you’re writing literary fiction or a pot-boiler thriller
  • Saturday 10 August: Writing In Scenes: explore how to balance the different ingredients of a scene and ways of approaching the “big scenes” in your story
  • Saturday 17 August: Characters Unlike You: explore a range of ways to write characters unlike yourself and vary a story's cast, while you develop new characters
  • Saturday 24 August: Hone Your Style: explore what makes quality prose, from angela carter’s richness to margaret atwood’s restraint, and hone your own style
  • Saturday 31 August: Publishing: how to submit your writing for publication: find where to send it, sort your layout, and write synopses and cover letters
Read more details about the Summer of Writing workshops and book your places here. NB: Workshops are limited to 12 places and fill up quickly, so do book in advance if you can.

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