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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!

Writing Exercises Quick Links
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 9 - Describe and compose

What do you see in the picture?  Give at least 5 descriptions then use those descriptions to write something be it a poem, short story, etc.

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Shocking, roaring, smoke, horror, raging, fire


The burning


The muffled noise seemed like an incessant buzzing much like that which you hear in a bee farm.  The closer I ran to it, the louder it grew until I could almost make out the individual voices that made up the wall of sound I was about to pierce. 


Finally I was through the tunnel and then suddenly the shocking vista of the full stadium exploded all around me.  The whole world was now literally watching in celebratory spirits and rising in a crescendo as I ran the final lap carrying the flaming torch emblematic of the Olympic spirit. 


This was a flame that was ignited from Mt. Olympus itself in Greece as tradition had demanded.  It has made the journey halfway around the globe, passing hands literally and symbolically in a chain of athletes in different countries until at last finding its way here to the heart of my proud city. 


This was my moment in history.  This was the crowning achievement of my athletic career.  As I ran the final steps up towards the intricately crafted tower I was to ignite, the roaring of the thousands upon thousands of people grew increasingly louder until I could almost feel through my tired soles the vibration of the excited stadium.


At last, I reached the landing and with a confident prance, I slowly turned to face the crowd, my countrymen, and the whole world.  I paused for dramatic effect.  The anticipation swelled like a thick heavy air slowing my movements and my very perception of every moment and every minute muscle movement I now took.  This last swing of the torch, igniting the stadium's flame was to mark the official start of the games.


Everyone sensed it now.  The time had finally come.  Years of tradition was about to be replayed before the crowd and the entire global community in an extravagant tableau with me as the main player.  The crowd toned down in anticipation.  I knew then my moment had come. 


And then it happened.  My arm, sore and numb from the long hours of running and carrying the torch, suddenly gave up.  With a dull thud, the heavy torch landed in front of me, spilling its contents and extinguishing the flame.  Only a black dull smoke now rose from what remained of my load.


Everyone looked at me with horror.  I had killed the flame of history.  I felt the dread rise within me.  At that moment, I looked around and felt exactly like I was burning in the middle of a raging forest fire.

Posted at 11:33 am by bisoy


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