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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 32 - Book cover

According to Jim Kochenburger, VP-Townhall Press, a research shows that most people spend less than 15 seconds reading the back cover of a book before deciding to purchase.


The book's back cover is a sales pitch and nothing else – it's about engaging a potential reader's interest to cross the threshold of the book. You want action. You want to get people to look inside your book—or better yet, to buy it. Your back cover is the last piece of promotional material that hits potential purchasers on their way to pay. 

Today's exercise is an attempt to writing a back cover copy. Select one from the titles and explore. And from the story that plays around on your head, you may come up with a back cover copy. A good goal for cover copy is 150 words, 200 if you must.

1.        The Last Outrage

2.        Strangers in Paradise

3.        The Year of Yes

4.        The Devil in the White City

5.        A Life in Two Genders

6.        Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

7.        Sleeping with the Fishes


The Year of Yes


    "Out there on the track, the muscle that will matter the most will be my heart"

                                                                                                – Frederick Yes


Frederick Yes was born with a leg deformity, a devastating genetic accident for the celebrated Yes clan.   For three generations, the Yes family have collectively earned all of the eleven Olympic gold medals in track and field for their small country of Esplania, an African third world holdover suffering from a history of ethnic strife and political instability. 


The reign of the almost mythic "Yes Olympians", as their country called them, had seemingly come to an end with the diminutive Frederick.  Yet Frederick knew he had a winner's heart pumping champion's blood throughout his frail body.    


This is a story of one person's epic struggle that will rouse a divided family and galvanize a country on the brink of ruin.  This is the inspiring tale of a true champion and hero to an emerging nation.

Posted at 05:13 pm by bisoy


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