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I decided to organize a weekly creative writing exercise in the office to sharpen the skills of the writing pool. Everyone takes a turn inventing an exercise or a prompt.

The only general rule we've been using is that it should be doable in an hour or so. We've also tried to keep things fun.

Please feel free to share your own exercise efforts by leaving a comment. You can do that at the end of each exercise by clicking on 'Share your own effort'. Enjoy!

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Alternate Ending
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Writing Without Adjectives
Love Letters
Fictional Monologue
TV Show Opening Monologue
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Speech Writing
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Suspense and Emotion
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Poetic Confession
Application letter
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Dialogue with Self
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Five Random Words
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Exercise 18 - TV show opening monologue

Remember this?:


"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."


It's the opening monologue to the hugely popular TV-show in the 80's The A-Team. 


Our writing exercise today is very short and simple.  Write an opening monologue to an imaginary TV show featuring us here in marketing or you can focus on one or a few members.  Since it introduces the show, the monologue should draw interest and have buildup.   You can be creative and invent out-of-this-world plots.  Choose any genre and come up with your own show title.  Have fun.


Below is what I did, actually two.



In 2006, twelve typical iComm office workers, working in a typical marketing department went about their typical day not knowing a sudden twist of fate was about to change their lives forever. 


A freak power upsurge caused by a malfunctioning microwave oven suddenly erupts through their department's isolated computer network blasting our heroes with highly charged electromagnetic energy.  Surviving the accident apparently unharmed they discover newfound powers albeit diminished IQ levels, which wasn't really high to begin with. 


Vowing secrecy, our heroes decide to keep their powers a secret and chose to adopt superhero names and spandex costumes.  By day they kept corporate chaos at bay, but by night they don masks to fight evil and crime. 


The newest team for truth and justice.  Insufferable yet unstoppable!  They are The Ditzy Dozen!






Evolution.  The force that has brought mankind to the forefront of history.  Slowly and through long years and distant generations, new useful genetic variations are produced to bring humans closer and closer to perfection. 


However, every few millennia, mankind experiences a sudden deluge of genetic alterations, spawning a generation of highly evolved humans.  The time for extreme mutations has come again. 


From the corporate drudgery of a typical company in Cebu comes the first mutant concentration.  Twelve unremarkable individuals but with unlimited superhuman powers finally emerging.  The world of marketing is about to change forever. 


Imbued with super strength, super intelligence, and super charm.  They are the new champions of truth, justice, and corporate project management.  Meet the Alas-Doce!

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