Always wanted to have a go at writing fiction? Stuck at home with extra time on your hands? Why not try this little exercise and see how you get on? It’s in two parts:
1. Describe a serious weather event. A blizzard? Gale? Flood? It’s up to you. But describe it from the standpoint of someone watching it from a window.
2. Now dramatize that same weather event from the point of view of someone out in it, experiencing it full on. What does it feel like? How does it assail their senses? Which ones? Why are they out there in the first place? Where have they come from? Where are they going? Who’s that person watching them from a window? Have fun with it. Keep going…
See, hear, feel, smell and taste the difference? The first version is reportage. The second is fiction, with skin in the game.
If you enjoyed that little exercise and would like to develop your skills further in a supportive online workshop, looking at such areas as genre, point of view, character creation, conflict, scenes, structure and plot, head on over to OPEN Ealing’s sign-up page.