FutureLearn: Writing Fiction #FLfiction14

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

UnknownSo, I’ve decided to jump in on a Open University online course through their FutureLearn program to ensure I get more writing exercises done this year.

Today, I took a coffee break from work to thrash out the first two of these which were as follows:


1. Write a paragraph (50 to 100 words) containing one fact and three fictitious elements.

2. Then try the reverse – write a paragraph containing three facts and one fictitious element.



As he walked down the high street it suddenly all came back to him.

He had been here before, and this was the last place he’d seen the man alive.

It was destiny they’d all said.

He’d hunted monsters his whole life, had beaten on their doors every day.

Until that day – the day they opened their door. The day they reached out into the world and, with savage talons, dragged him out and into their world.



Jenny heard the monster again.

Under her bed – she heard it scratching there and the sound of its rasping breath.

She pulled the duvet tight under her chin and said her prayers.

Downstairs, her parents were frantic.

What had been planned as their daughter’s birthday surprise had rapidly become a disaster.

Her father regretted the idea – it’d been his, of course.

Her mother was now furious at him for that idea – that, and for foolishly forgetting to lock the cage.

Where was that kitten?!?






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