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May 2014 torso

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Hello and welcome. I’m Morgen Bailey, ‘Morgen With An E’, and I started this blog on 31st March 2011 with the intention of posting the occasional item about writing (pretty much my sole interest since 2005 which became my career March 2012) but it soon built to what it is today… 800+ interviews, 300+ author spotlights, 300+ guest blogs, 100+ Flash Fiction Fridays and batches of 6-word FFFs (which are later podcasted), and 100+ post-weekend poems… 2,600+ posts generating 200+ views a day, to-date 220,000+ hits. If you’d like to take part, click here.

I’m now running local (Northampton, UK) writing / I.T. courses and plan to have the equivalents online, so watch this space.

If it’s information you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place (or one of them anyway), there are competitionsreviews/reviewerssubmission info.writing 101 (tips), writing groups, how to create free book trailer videos and eBooks, as well as feedback, courses (which will be in person and online), you can take part in my online writing groups, go and buy books: other people’s and there’s an Ask Me facility if there’s anything you want to know about writing (I’ll try my best to help you). I also have Other stuff including Quotes and eNewspapers. If you’d like to know more about me, there’s my writingbooks: mine and Morgen With An ‘E’. If you’re looking for an editor, I offer that service (various levels) along with other facilities.

This blog’s usual schedule is (it can vary depending on content received)… Monday – poetry; Tuesday – guest blog or spotlight; Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); Thursday – guest blog or spotlight; Friday – batch of 6-worders or <500-word short story; Saturday – an interview or spotlight; every fourth Sunday – short story podcast (the FFFs). On weekdays I also post writing exercises on/from the Online Writing Groups.

And now for the latest item (below)…

 
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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 29 July 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 407: Tuesday 29th July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.

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  1. Keywords: text, urgent, pressed, first, back
  2. Random: about five minutes
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Why Wouldn’t I Be?

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 411: Tuesday 29th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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NLG Flash Fiction Competition 2014 Results

I’m delighted to announce the results of this year’s Northampton Literature Competition Flash Fiction competition. Each entry had to be 500 words or less and this year they all were (we had a 610-worder last year which was disqualified). So without further ado…

The seven Highly Commended (in surname alphabetical order) are…

The Secret – Fay Dickinson

Identity Crisis – Tracy Fells

Underneath Her Clothes – Alice Parrant

I remember every line – Nancy Raynsford

The Scent of Lilies – Deborah Smith

The Anniversary – Deborah Smith

Hangman – Deborah Smith

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 28 July 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 406: Monday 28th July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.

406 brown_wood_owl 900379You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: day, public, felt, behind, pieces
  2. Random: showing off
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – too complicated

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 410: Monday 28th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 25 July 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 405: Friday 25th July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.

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  1. Keywords: fine, looked, remind, woman, mind
  2. Random: she moves for me
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: crazed

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 409: Friday 25th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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