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Five Fascinating Facts about Harry Potter

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Five Fascinating Facts about Harry Potter – I love number one…

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Here are our five favourite facts about one of the biggest publishing phenomena of the last twenty years, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Even if you’re a diehard fan of the series, we hope there’ll be something here to surprise you…

1. When J. K. Rowling visited the chatroom of Mugglenet, she was told by regulars to keep quiet as she didn’t know enough about Harry Potter. According to Rowling in an interview for the Leaky Cauldron website, the first time she Googled ‘Harry Potter’, she stumbled upon the Mugglenet site which is dedicated to discussion of the Harry Potter series. Deciding to join the discussion (under a pseudonym), Rowling found that she was treated with ‘outright contempt’ by regular users of the site, who told her, ‘Yeah, yeah, shut up, you’re not a regular, you don’t know a thing.’ Perhaps Roland Barthes had a point when he talked…

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in writing

 

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 21 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 486: Friday 21st 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.

486 woman 799424Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: positive, wrong, on, think, pull
  2. Random: knitting club
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: surprise

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 490: Friday 21st November

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 20 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 485: Thursday 20th 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.

485 clock 872704Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: bad, place, know, you, don’t
  2. Random: creeping back
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Trying To Give Up

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 489: Thursday 20th November

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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If You Were a Private Investigator…

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Susan Holmes’ blog post entitled ‘If You Were a Private Investigator’… what fun that would be. :)

Originally posted on Waterside Kennels Mysteries:

Earlier this year, I featured the talented writer Marja McGraw on this website. You might remember that Marja and I have both written novels that include the tangled web of family, friends, treasure, and (of course!) murder.

Read our work and you’ll see we’ve taken a different approach to our tales. My series is set in the Ozarks, for example, while Marja’s work is rooted in Arizona, California, and other points west. I have an amateur sleuth who runs a boarding kennel and dog training business, while Marja’s Sandi Webster mysteries features a private investigator.

Marja Author Photo New_edited-1That brings us to this week’s guest post, written by my colleague, Marja McGraw. To celebrate the recent release of the audio edition of  A Well-Kept Family Secret we’re giving away copies to two lucky winners! All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win.

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in writing

 

[Insert Annoying Self-Promoting Message Here]

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Catherine Ryan Howard’s look at self-promotion…

Originally posted on Catherine, Caffeinated:

I’ve decided to change the way I blog.

From now on, day in and day out, all I’m going to post are blogs that consist of an image of my book’s cover, a link to where it’s for sale online and an excerpt from “another 5* review!” (the word another and the exclamation mark being the most important elements of that phrase).

Will you stick around?

I’m guessing not, and I wouldn’t expect you to. Were you to change your blog to consist exclusively of such blatant, repetitive, smug and utterly pointless – more on the pointless bit in a minute – content, I’m sure you wouldn’t expect anyone to hang around either.

And yet this is exactly how an alarming number of writers are treating Twitter every minute of every day.

I thought we all understood. I thought we had this thing down. I thought we’d all realized that people…

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in writing

 
 
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