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Creative Writing Carousel

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Halvor Thengs

on 3 February 2014

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Creative Writing Carousel
Let's get started!
These exercises are designed to help spark your creative self and inspire your writing in different ways. All tasks, except for the last one, are either found on or modified from WritingForward.com.
What's Your Superpower?
Titles and Headlines
Story Starter
Part 1: Moral Dilemma
We will spend five to ten minutes working on each part of the carousel, depending on the task. Think creatively, and try to write down whatever comes to mind. Never mind your spelling.

There are six individual parts to work on.
A plane crashes into the sea. Most of the passengers escape with inflatable lifeboats but they do not board them correctly. Your character ends up on a lifeboat that holds eight people but there are twelve people on it, and it’s sinking. Your character can either throw four people overboard and eight will survive or they will all die except your character, who will get rescued after the others drown.

What do you do?
What if you could fly or make yourself invisible? What if you could heal with a touch or read minds? Superpowers like these are the stuff of science fiction.

Create a new superpower. Write a clear description of it, and make sure you include the following:

Explain how the superpower is obtained.
Anyone with that superpower also has a specific weakness (like Superman’s kryptonite).
Describe how someone might use this superpower for good or evil.
Make three suitable headlines for this image. Try to:

Write one headline using allitteration (the same first letter in most of the words)
Write one headline using big and dramatic words
Write one headline using understatement (making it sound less dramatic)
Bad guys are chasing the good guys. The bad guys are gaining on them. They’re getting closer! One of the bad guys draws his gun, lifts it, cocks it, and aims right at our hero. He pulls the trigger. See you next week!
Write an outline for a chapter which ends on a cliffhanger.
Story starters help you get going on a creative text. Continue this story:

At the airport, a stranger offers your character money to carry a mysterious package onto the plane. The stranger assures your character that it's nothing illegal and points out that it has already been through the security check. Your character has serious doubts, but needs the money, and therefore agrees...
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