Start Writing Fiction Day 1

Write a paragraph (50 to 100 words) containing one fact and three fictitious elements.

You can write about yourself, about your interests, about history – about anything you like. 

War was declared at 11.00 am on 3rd September 1939. It was a Sunday. On Monday life went on. Betty still had to go to school, worst luck. Everyone was shocked and talking about what might happen next. Nothing much changed. Not for a long time. After her brother James left, Betty was busy with the new school year. At Christmas, James was able to get leave. Mum decorated the house and cooked a turkey that only just fit in her oven. The meal with all the trimmings was followed by a home-made Christmas pudding, which Dad took great joy in sousing with brandy and setting light to. It was the last time they were all together for Christmas dinner. It was the last time they were all together for dinner of any kind.

Then try the reverse – write a paragraph containing three facts and one fictitious element.

Neptune has a mass 17.15 times that of the Earth, a surface temperature of -201 °C and 14 moons, the most notable being Titan. The mission was to land on Titan. Xavier was responsible for the spacecraft and all the teams on board.  Reporting directly to him were the Navigation Officer, the AI Officer, the Scientific Officer, the Hospitality Officer, the Facilities Officer and the Security Officer. All told some 1600 souls working three eight-hour shifts, with two days on and three days off. It was a challenging assignment.

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