Creative writing exercise 1

As part of our creative writing project, we are working with writer and creative practitioner David Napthine to provide you with a weekly prompt /challenge to encourage creative writing at home.

This is the first of these prompts and it will run from the week of Monday 1st June. You can read more about the project here.

Activity 1: What do you see? What do you hear?

Over 7 days (or less if you wish) look out of your window at a number of different times during the day. If possible look out at the same time each day (and/or night).

Describe all that you see and hear (you can have the windows open) being as descriptive as you wish. Look closely at the changing light, at what changes and what stays the same, listen for the small and the big sounds, observe the actions of people, describing how they move, what they wear, their facial expressions and their gestures. Write down how this makes you feel and what thoughts swirl inside your head.

Don’t worry about making it “good” – that will come later. Just enjoy writing and immersing yourself in the moment. At the end of the seven (or how many days) read what you have written. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much you have seen and heard, of how you’ve described it, and what thoughts and feelings have been provoked by the exercise.

If you’re happy to share, David will then work to then weave the responses into an epic story to be shared at a later date.

Email your writing to [email protected] or posting to The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY. All writings will be treated in confidence and returned to the writer at the end.   Each piece of writing will be kept intact for later public presentation (with writer’s permission).