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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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Write an Obama Speech
Wordlplay, Anagram as Inspiration
Strictly Dialogue
Character Sketch
An Article of Clothing
The Truth
Press Release
Creative Description
Paired Fiction Writing
Connecting Ideas
Writing in Persona
Point of View
Interior Monologue
Body Language
Alternate Ending
Book Cover
Horror Writing
Dialogue 3
Dialogue 2
Nanofiction Writing
Writing Without Adjectives
Love Letters
Fictional Monologue
TV Show Opening Monologue
Short Story, Object as Narrator
Speech Writing
Tongue Twister
Suspense and Emotion
Describe and Compose
Poetic Confession
Application letter
Essays of Absurdities
Dialogue with Self
Imaginative Writing
Short Story from Cartoon
Five Random Words
Letter of Complaint

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Exercise 24 - Nanofiction writing

55 fiction or Nanofiction are complete stories with at least one character and a discernible plot, exactly 55 words long (excluding the title). The challenge of this exercise is to be able to write nanofiction stories that follow the 55 word limit but are still good enough and interesting to read. Write a minimum of three (and a maximum of five) stories after choosing from the titles provided in the list below. 




Here are simple guidelines for writing nanofiction:


1.) a setting

2.) one or more characters

3.) conflict

4.) resolution


Title list:

"So, How Was Your Day?"

My Great Great Grandparents Died at Auschwitz

Interfering with History

They Said He'd had A Stroke

Radiation: Divine Creator

It's Not A Watch, It's A Time-X

Rich's Birthday

Romance Arrives One Day Late

Before the Beginning of Time

Honesty Begins at Home

The Human ATM

Mona Lisa Switcheroo

Christmas in the Ant Colony

Message from a Desert Island

Fudge Warfare

The Ninth Star Trek Series

The Phantom Chocolate Factory

The Agony of Defeat

The Extremely Precise Crystal Ball

Saving JFK

Why Didn't You Look in the Glove compartment?

Love Potion #2

Whoever Gets 1000 Points Wins

Whatever happened to...?

The Arrival of Morning

"Can You Grab The Cart, Honey?"

Toasted Alive at 2:11 am

Waiting To Become My Future Self

Trouble on the Mountainside

Paper Clips in Love 



Mona Lisa Switcheroo

Four years of meticulous planning paid off handsomely.  The brilliant heist beat all the modern anti-theft technology guarding the Mona Lisa but for one small hitch: when they made the switch, the painting fell on their impressive reproduction.  Now, on the run, the leader worried – “Are we making off with the original or the copy?


The Human ATM

A septuagenarian, Greta struggled with the unfamiliar ATM.  He leaned over her shoulder and offered to help.  He talked her through the process step by step.  Afterwards, she thanks him profusely but then he rudely marches away without even looking back.  Looking inside her bag, she discovers her wallet and the just withdrawn money missing.


"So, How Was Your Day?"

“I hate my boss. I hate my job.  I hate this city.”  Julie wailed.  Everyday, she’d come home from work complaining the same things.  Rico always listened and never complained.  Annoyed at her husband’s silence tonight, Julie shoves him. He slumps forward as a bottle of sleeping pills rolls off of his cold stiff hands.

Posted at 04:01 pm by bisoy


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