Practicing with Time and Place by Greg Mosse
Creativity is always grounded in experience - but writing directly out of experience can be a burden. For this exercise, think of a place and time that they know well - either first hand or from their knowledge of history. Once they have done this, they should imagine ways in which that time and place could be transformed by fiction. It could be as striking as author ofThe Golden Compass
, Philip Pullman's idea that his characters' souls lived outside their bodies in the form of animal companions. It could be as subtle as imagining a near future, maybe just six weeks away. The goal is to take the skeleton of fact and clothe it with the flesh of fiction. Try this for at least 750 words.