The Art of Writing Fiction Michael Wheatley

Exercise Eleven, Part Two: 12 Hour Automatico

For twelve hours, on the hour, I wrote five minutes of uninterrupted automatic writing. No targets, no intentions, just going with whatever was in my head at that moment. With the previous exercise having failed completely, I decided to invent my own.

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The Art of Writing Fiction Michael Wheatley

Exercise Eleven: First Thoughts

I dip into my unconscious for the eleventh exercise of 'The Art of Writing Fiction', and find it entirely too conscious.

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The Art of Writing Fiction Michael Wheatley

Exercise Ten: Home Life

The observational exercises come to a close. Having starting gaining material through general observations, scrapbooking (we know how well that went), weather reports, street observing, and work, the last of Cowan's suggestions is to observe home.

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The Art of Writing Fiction Michael Wheatley

Exercise Nine: Workplace

My observations now turn to my workplace, and the absurdity of working in retail is exposed.

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The Art of Writing Fiction Michael Wheatley

Exercise Eight: Street Life

For this observational exercise, I take to the streets. By which I mean I stare out of my living room window at the streets.

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