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Writer of 'dark and light' since 2005, WordPress blogger since March 2011, 'Bailey's Writing Tips' podcaster since August 2010, Writing group lead since March 2008. Editing, blogging, critiquing services available.

Freebie eBook and question from writer Michael Ross

Hello everyone. I know you don’t usually hear from me unless it’s a guest piece, book review or I set you some writing exercises, but tonight I have something a little different.

Michael Ross coverBeing Black Friday, you’re probably busy grabbing all those last-minute (or in Amazon’s case last-second) bargains and here’s another one for you… a freebie actually.

Author Michael Ross has made his short story collection Twenty Short Stories – Settling a Score free for the next three days (today, tomorrow, Sunday), and as he says, “A good way not to spend money on Black Friday”. You can download it from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G4E5038 or for those of us in the UK (yep, I have it and will be reviewing it in February) from http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G4E5038.

Now for those of you eagle-eyed readers who spotted the second part of this blog post’s title, Michael also has a question for you so I’m handing you over to the man himself to explain…

I am in my final year of a part time 6-year course at Bristol University. For my final dissertation (The BIG one), I have penciled in the following for my essay. “The short story – why is it not longer?” Do you think you and @your@ people would like to offer a suggestion or two?

Of course you would because you’re so lovely. So to do so, and feel the warm glow of helping a fellow writer for the time it takes to drink a cup of tea (unless you’re like me and have little milk so it takes a while… and my other half would say I cut a short story long!)… please contact Michael with your suggestion (or three – he asked for two but I did say you were lovely) via email (preferred) or you can leave a comment below and I’ll pass it on. Thank you.

I’m going off now to make a cup of tea (Typhoo One Cup, in case you’re curious, with a little bit of tea, little bit of sugar, little bit of milk) and ponder Michael’s question…

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in debate, review, short stories, tips

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 28 November 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 491: Friday 28th November

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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

491 skull 849877Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: different, daylight, seeing, orange, birds
  2. Random: hide and seek
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: lifetime

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 495: Friday 28th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 27 November 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 490: Thursday 27th November

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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

490 pavement and shoes 929705Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: every, time, watch, trees, thoughts
  2. Random: a thought forgotten
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: What’s the Point?

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 494: Thursday 27th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 26 November 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 489: Wednesday 26th November

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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

489 sweets 907671Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: track, finished, playing, nod, flick
  2. Random: sucking in air
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: After all…

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 493: Wednesday 26th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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