Do you have a writers’ group?
As you may or may not be aware, I’m part of a writers’ group and it’s made all the difference to my work! It’s improved my confidence, given me ideas and made me think about things from a different perspective. Another thing it’s afforded me is the opportunity to flex my mental and creative muscles.
The other day, a lady in our group suggested we write a story in ten minutes about two people who are lost on a mountain. We were only allowed to use dialogue and were not permitted to say ‘he said’ or ‘she said’. In other words, no scene description or back-story or thoughts!!
This is what I came up with, but before you read it, why don’t you have a go yourself? Set the egg timer and let your mind roam. It’s lots of fun and if you’d like to, leave your story in the comments section.
‘Can you see in front of you?’
‘No. I can’t even see my hand.’
‘Great. What are we gonna do?’
‘I dunno. Maybe I can use my phone.’
‘O.K., let’s try that.’
‘This is better. Hold my hand. We’ll creep forward and if it runs out of battery, we can use yours.’
‘Alright. Thank goodness I charged it before we came up here.’
‘Hey, what was that?’
‘What was what?’
‘That howling noise?’
‘No, the crunching.’
‘Shh. Just stop for a minute.’
‘Oh, yeah, I can hear it too.’
‘Do you think someone’s coming?’
‘I don’t know, but it might pay to hide somewhere.’
‘Why would we need to hide?’
‘Didn’t you read that story in the newspaper?’
‘Oh well. There’s a serial killer on the loose. He just escaped Marsh Creek Jail.’
I really hope you enjoyed this exercise and I’ll keep posting more to see if you get some inspiration from them.
Yours in writing,