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05.04.2018 21:12    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  writing  writing exercise  

Each of us needs a little urging at time to write and create. These 20 minute daily exercises will assist you in doing exactly that.

Each day a new topic or thought will be posted. Clear your mind, and then just let all the ideas that pop up come pooring out. You are encouraged to write for about 20 minutes. This will be fun and interesting and may lead to a longer story or even an idea for a book. Have fun, enjoy and share.

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Writing Prompt Topic: Detective Work


Many of us have read our share of detective novels. You'll often find a few among the bestsellers for any given year. In a great many book series, television shows, and movies, a detective with ordinary human frailties struggles to bring a culprit to justice.

Lieutenant Colombo is a quirky, likable fellow that criminals often underestimate. Special Agent Pendergast seems a throwback to the 19th century. Alex Cross is a psychologist, always trying to outthink his quarry. Lucas Davenport is a bare-knuckled brawler, sometimes willing to overstep the law. Brenda Leigh Johnson is skilled in trapping murderers in a web of their own lies. Each has a different style and manner of conducting business.

Your detective might be a law officer, a private investigator, or even a citizen who is swept into the role. You might demonstrate how he or she interacts with peers, clients, suspects, or witnesses. Their behavior in return may provide insight into how the character is perceived, and therefore guides us in our initial perception.

What might we glean from dress, manner, grooming, and dialogue? What clues might indicate his or her motivations? Does the character appear to be lawful, sleazy, or somewhere in-between?

Exercise: In 400 words, provide a scene where you introduce us to a detective of your own invention. You might show the detective at a crime scene, interrogating a suspect, or interviewing a witness. Your goal is to build a character we'll want to follow into intrigue or danger. Be sure to show, rather than tell us about the character.

In your critique, tell the author whether a believable character of interest has been crafted, and explain why you feel that way. Would you want to continue reading about the character and the investigation? What could be done to strengthen the writing or to improve the reading experience?


Have fun!


This exercise first appeared at the Internet Writers Workshop

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