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Planning the Mental Game for Writing Success workshop in London this weekend made me think how powerful some of the simplest writing exercises can be. Here’s one – do try this at home:

Ask yourself how you feel. Whatever you’re trying to write – give the feeling to one of the characters.Fish jumping for cc

If you’re feeling negative, make one of the characters in your scene negative. Have her procrastinate, dwell on her problems, complain… If you’re feeling on top of the world, make her happy, creative, powerful…

Now look around you. Pick something you can see and put that in the script too. A diary, a teddy bear or a ten pound note. Use it. See how it brings life to the scene.

Have fun.