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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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2.1.2 Imagining writing spaces

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Trying to picture the worst place for you to try to write can help you realise what your best venue might be.

Activity 2.1 Two writing venues

Imagine two different venues for writing – one that seems most suited to you, and one that you would find bizarre or too difficult. Write a paragraph describing two writers at work, one in each of the venues.

Share your paragraph with others, and if you have some fellow writers, read and discuss what they've produced. Showing your work to others and discussing it is an important part of the writing process.


  • Sharing your work with fellow writers is essential. You need to know how your work comes across to others.
  • You also need to develop the skill of reading your own work critically; looking at the writing of others can help you to do that.
  • We can all see more easily what works and what doesn’t in work that isn’t our own.
  • Start to get used to making helpful comments to your fellow writers in which you tell them what you like about their writing, but also what you think could be improved. Gradually, you will find you can start to do this with your own writing too.
  • In this instance you can comment on how vividly you saw the writers at work in the various settings. Could you picture the scenarios?
  • This is only a paragraph – you will soon be commenting on longer pieces of writing. Take a look at the Feedback guidance PDF [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]  for information about how to go about discussing the work of your fellow writers.