The purpose of this set of exercises is to develop your powers of observation and memory so that your writing will contain vivid and authentic details.
Exercise 3: Turning research into writing
The purpose of this activity is to give you practice in carrying out research (interviewing a friend or relative about their workplace) and in creating a strong setting for your character and story.
Ask a relative or friend to describe his or her workplace to you, including any machines, special furniture or equipment used. Incorporate some of the details into a scene in which a character is tired of the same job and longs to leave it. Don’t overload your piece with what you have learned – use just enough to give an authentic atmosphere: for example, the look of the post office sorting room at 4 am; the sounds of ailing rodents and Rottweilers in the vet’s waiting room. Use up to 500 words.