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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Writing prompt: place and landscape

Brigid Lowry says, ‘Writing is always set somewhere. Whether it’s in a messy bedroom or a space pod in the 26th century, your writing will be set in a particular location, and your job as a writer is to bring this place alive for the reader.’

It can be hard to make places sound fresh and new, particularly places that feel so familiar you don’t see the point in describing them at all. This week, try and write about places you know very well, but in a way that makes them distinct and vivid for somebody who has never visited them before.

Think about what makes settings in your life particular, and what stands out to you. You’ll often find these characteristics stand out for a reason, and are an important part of making the setting feel real to other people.

‘My room. My house. My street. My town. My country. My planet.’

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And don’t forget we’re giving away TWO BOOKS from the Inky longlist to say THANK YOU for all your amazing writing. To be in the draw, post some of your creative writing on your blog with the tag ‘prompts’. Extra points if you’ve written it in response to one of our writing prompts! We’ll be drawing the winner on Monday 24 September.