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Today in our Creative Writing Phone Group tutor Mike Loveday set us a very inspiring task to write a short story inspired by a proverb – some of the following helped to whet our creative appetites:

  • Never judge a book by its cover…
  • A leopard cannot change its spots…
  • Good fences make good neighbours…
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth…
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush…
  • A cat may look at a king…
  • A drowing man will clutch at a straw…
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand…
  • A new broom sweeps clean…
  • A nod is as good as a wink…
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime…
  • He who laughs last laughs longest…
  • Necessity is the mother of invention…

Choose one of the proverbs to inspire your short story. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about the exact meaning of the proverb. It could have a more surreal interpretation, or be the starting point for your story. You can spend 5 or 10 minutes – or even longer! Enjoy! And please share with us so we can give you feedback!

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