I picked this set of exercises from here http://www.nownovel.com/blog/50-creative-writing-prompts/ the first exercise is as follows.
- A character is moving to another city. She visits her favourite public place and sees something that makes her want to stay. Describe this in 500 words, using third person POV (he/she). Then rewrite it in the first person, using ‘I’. PS to this point I've used 65 words.
I walked towards the central park, it was hard to believe it would be my last time seeing it, just one more day until I head off to start a brand new life so far removed from here. My old school looked small and unassuming while the college I studied had had several extensions and modifications bringing it up to date. I wondered past the rundown supermarket I'd worked at, remembering the stupid jokes my friends and I performed. I headed past the market place along the cobbled streets, past the old clock tower and into the park.
The nostalgia hit me, the fresh air, the sound of kids playing football, the way the sun soaked everything in an orange hue, the trees and bushes that had been there all my life. I let out a sigh, stretched my hands out looking at the backs of my hands and thought just how outlandish it all was. A gust of wind blew my hair in my face forcing me to brush it out of my eyes. After a short walk, I reached the small ornamental garden and sat down on the bench. It was warm from where the sun had been shining on it, I stroked the arm and looked at the pond. I could see the carp bobbing about merrily, mouths opening and closing in that way that they do. I couldn't help but imagine them gobbling the water.
The garden was small; I always came here to study while at college. I thought about the task at hand; I was to leave for Orbital 4 to begin my xeno-exploration training. Having studied for six years as a xeno-biologist with specialisation in off-world operations, I was not just saying farewell to the park but the whole planet. My aim was to go into deep space past the asteroid belt to the moons of the outer giants Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, that mean two more years training. By the time she'd be ready for actual expeditions I'd be thirty but what an adventure would wait ahead of me! I admired the flowers floating on the surface of the pond and looked up into the sky, a trio of shooting stars flashed past, the orbital stations Hara, Hime and Hass. They were low orbit high-speed research operations, large and fast.
I stood up and wondered around the pond taking in all the various sights I'd likely never see again. I wondered to the wishing pond, a small pond off to the side with a water feature, I remembered coming here with my sister, she was already in space helping set up a new colony in the belts ever the rowdy entrepeneur. We'd said we'd make it into space and set up a place for ourselves. I pulled out my phone and looked at the time. Sighed. I made sure I took in every detail I could before getting a message from my mother hurrying me back home so I could say farewell.