Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Feb 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Book News

Sit in a café or shopping centre and focus on a pair of shoes. They may be in a shop window or on somebody’s feet. For five minutes write about those shoes. Don’t censor what you write or cross anything out.
If they are in a shop window, think of the sort of person who would buy them. Where are they going? Why?
If they are on somebody’s feet, look at how well they fit. Are they clean or muddy? What colour are they? Look at the colour and tex-ture. What are they made of?
Allow your imagination to take flight. What if those shoes had magical properties? For instance, what if someone bought them from a charity shop and then discovered they led him or her to a dangerous situa-tion. Or – what if the wearer became invisible and the person was able to get revenge on somebody?
For the next five minutes write more about the person wearing the shoes. What do they most want from life? What is stopping them from getting it? How do they walk? What is their voice like? What sort of clothes do they wear? What are their good and bad points?
For your last five minutes, create the first two or three paragraphs of a story using one of the following starting points:
 I have never liked buying shoes…
 The shoes stood in the shop window red and shiny as apples…
 I didn’t mean to steal the shoes…
 The strange shoes led me in a direction I didn’t want to go…
 I knew I’d have trouble walking in them…
Have fun with the ideas you generate. See how many flash fiction sto-ries you can create (approximately 250 words). Maybe you could do a collection of shoe stories.
‘Surfing the Rainbow: visualization and chakra balancing
for writers’ by Sue Johnson published by Compass Books
‘Unlock Your Creativity: a 21 day sensory workout for
writers’ by Sue Johnson and Val Andrews published
by Compass Books

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