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Writing exercise: tomorrow

Creative writing exercises based on the theme Future

Last updated: 11 May 2020

Warm up: tomorrow

Imagine circumstances where the future is only ever one day ahead. Think about a situation that you can’t plan for, like the life of a refugee or someone on the run. Write a few sentences about the “future” for this person, what they might hope for in the coming day.

Have you ever encountered a situation where you’ve only been able to think one day ahead at a time? Write about that time.

Brainstorm: Language as future

“The past is always tense, the future perfect” – Zadie Smith

Is language something that dates, goes out of fashion, or changes with the times?

Spend some time coming up with examples of how language used in various texts might help you to identify when it was written (Shakespeare, for example, although his use of language was often positively futuristic!). Think of words that have only just begun to be used. How does our language change in response to our experiences?

Think of words or phrases you heard as a child that aren’t widely used any more. Now try to think of words that a younger person might, either now or in the future.

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