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audioBoo: 10 Line Writing Exercise

July 19, 2010

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite writing exercises via audioBoo. You don’t need an audioBoo account to listen and kick your writing week of with a super simple, but insightful exercise

The first time I did this exercise I was able to see a story could be told in just ten lines – see I’m on the rather verbose side of writing and I’ve always admired people who can write micro-fiction. As someone who is not a fan of descriptive narrative this exercise should push so many buttons, but for some reason it doesn’t – because you use the prompts and the description to tell the story – rather than focusing on the action itself.

Sometimes when I’m struggling to get into a story – I use this exercise as a launch pad into it – even if I discard all ten of the original lines I wrote.

Please feel free to share your own efforts below – either cut and paste into the comments section (please don’t number each line – let it flow as a free piece of narrative) or leave a link to your blog or audioBoo.

Have fun!

10 Line Writing Exercise

Jodi Cleghorn is very glad to be out of the dark hole she found herself in last week. And… is very excited about the announcement Paul Anderson will be making shortly about the future of Write Anything. You can find more of Jodi’s musings at Writing in Black and White or audioBoo.
  1. July 19, 2010 2:49 am

    Here’s the link to the very first piece I ever wrote using this prompt. It’s a perfect exercise for getting something down and read for #spokensunday.

    And the website for Spoken Sunday is…

  2. July 19, 2010 3:59 am

    I love your piece, Jodi. I heard it before the exercise and immediately wanted to play along. Here’s my result:

  3. July 19, 2010 1:02 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I quite like doing such exercises and I’m sure I’ll write a few other pieces using the same formula. Anyway, here’s my piece:
    Sorry it’s not audio but I’m not kitted out for that yet.

  4. July 19, 2010 1:55 pm

    Long time lurker here. I also wanted to play along. Here is mine:


  5. July 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    Whoops. Mis-spelt the link. Let’s try this one:

  6. July 21, 2010 7:02 am

    Thanks you for the exercise.
    My first attempt, would love to know your thoughts.


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