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Creative Writing Exercises and Example Work

Looking to improve your creative writing? Plenty of ideas here and examples of writing from several genres.

Source: http://www.olidnejad.com/2013/04/writing-novel-creative-final-piece_2.html

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing a Novel - Creative Final Piece: "Little Sacha" - First 1500 Words

'LITTLE SACHA' CH. 1 - THE FIRST DAY: 13:00-21:00 (+EPT) The crew stirs. Several of my playing cards move through the space, unhindered by gravity. Mild cabin fever is setting in amongst the majority of the team, who spend their time in the mess hall.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing Game #02 - Prop Writing

Pages About Oli's Blog... So this is essentially an archive of work produced whilst on and/or for my creative writing degree here in Falmouth, Cornwall. It's mainly a means of documenting the initial drafting process (as well as the structure of the course) rather than a display of finished work.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing a Novel - Week Three: Magic Carpet Exercise

A nice straightforward brief again, asking for the development of a character and the exploration of what happens when they're given a magic carpet. Quite a magical/fairy tale/fantastical premise that I often shy away from writing with, but let's see what happens shall we?

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing Short Stories - Week One Brief: 500 Word Short - "Eddie"

Bumping my first post so it gets a re-read, there was no site traffic when this went up. Now that seems to have changed recently, here it is again for those that missed it. :) (The first week's brief [short stories module, semester one, second year] was a 500 word short story, any genre and style.)

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing Game #16 - Shopping Lists

Another writing game for you today, again focusing on plot, characterization and setting. Simply put, try making a shopping list, detailing all of your aims, narrative effects, character qualities and development, etc. When writing, refer to your list constantly, ticking off every instance where you include one of your desired techniques, this is especially useful when paired up with one of the other writing games.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Things I've Blogged Elsewhere #02: Booze Poem

A beat poem written for a first year writing brief on a poetry module. First full attempt at the form. So it's about half ten And my then friend, Ben Is walking with me to the shops. We chat shit about lit As we're acquainted through college.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: On My Own Time - Expanding the "Cut Up" Piece

So, I thought this evening I would build on some older work (last year), and try and re-invent it for your reading pleasure. This may develop into a longer short story, or it may become the introduction to a novel. I woke in the night to what I thought was the sound of fireworks.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing Short Stories - Week Six Writing Task: "Fight"

Another great brief this week. The half--draft of this is also up here but this is the finished version. Including the addition of the supernatural element that the brief also demanded. (Went down the magic realism route.) We weren't allowed to use any descriptions of visual elements, the narrator had to be without sight.

Oli's Blog - A Writer's Portfolio: Writing Short Stories - Week Six Writing Task: "Fight"

Another great brief this week. The half--draft of this is also up here but this is the finished version. Including the addition of the supernatural element that the brief also demanded. (Went down the magic realism route.) We weren't allowed to use any descriptions of visual elements, the narrator had to be without sight.