Short Red: Exercises

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Hi All,

First, I’m really aware that people are feeling a lot of pressure from all sorts of corners during the various COVID-19 lock-downs around the world. This series of short writing exercises is not meant to add any pressure – we don’t have to write that novel by the end of the lock-down!

These exercises, which I aim to release very couple of days, came about because I’m trying to find ways of supporting writers I’m working with whose courses are suspended at the moment. I was going to share these exercises anyway so I thought I’d share them a little wider using the podcast.

They are short and hopefully fun … they might be interesting just to listen to.

I’m using Free Sound Library noises in them that are licensed under Creative Commons and I’m really grateful to the folk who make these sounds available.

These podcasts aren’t sponsored although sometimes I’ll talk about books and people that the exercises have been adapted from. Intellectual Property is an interesting question in writing exercises and Ill do my best to attribute the exercises – if I mess up please let me know.



Better off Read is available on iTunes where you can subscribe by clicking here

Better off Read is also available on PodBean where you can subscribe by clicking here

Or you can listen to it here:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4
Includes sounds from Free Sound Library and Music from Jamendo:
Funnysong (2011)by NORDISCHSOUND
Horror_Thriller_Film_Theme_01 (2015) by THE FREAKSHOW FACTORY

Exercise 5

More Short Red exercises:

Exercises 6 – 10:

Exercises 11 – 14:

Exercises 15 – 19:

Exercises 20 – 23:


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