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Creative Writing Exercise #1

As you know, style plays a critical role in your creative writing efforts. For a beginner, it is important to experiment with different writing styles to find out which style suits him or her best. So, here’s a simple creative writing exercise that you can use to familiarise yourself with different styles of writing.

Write a short story (1000 words or less) on the universal “boy meets girl” theme in three different styles:

  • Classic style: An example of this style of writing is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Contemporary style: Meg Cabot’s Every Boy’s Got One is a good example of this writing style.
  • Romantic mystery style: Although almost a classic, The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie is one of the best examples of this style.

The idea behind this creative writing exercise is not to copy styles of others but to get acquainted with different writing styles. Hope you see this creative writing exercise in this light only!

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Leena T Pandey

I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure.
In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on.
As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more.

Write to me at leenatpandey@gmail.com.

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