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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 29 August 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 429: Friday 29th August

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.

429 dragon 758544You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: silence, precious, smile, happy, purpose
  2. Random: an easy decision
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: flower

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 433: Friday 29th August

 

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Fabulous Friday Interview With Romantic Rock Chick Author – Nicky Wells

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Alison Jack interviews Nicky Wells…

Originally posted on An Author's View:

I’ve certainly got that Friday feeling today. Not only is the weekend upon us, but I am also very excited to welcome rock chick, author of wonderful romances and all round NickyWells_AuthorPhoto - Copylovely lady NICKY WELLS to An Author’s View. There’s so much I want to ask Nicky that I’m going to have a hard job whittling my questions down to a manageable amount, but I’ll do my best. Here goes:

Alison – Hi Nicky, and thank you for taking the time to drop by and get bombarded with questions today. Your books all feature romance and rock music, which is a great combination. What gave you the idea to combine the two? Was Tuscq based on any particular band?

Nicky – Alison, I simply love reading. I love chick lit, and comedy, and also the odd thriller here or there. Plus it’s no secret to you that I love rock music. I have a…

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 28 August 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 428: Thursday 28th August

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.

428 Niagara__Top_of_Horseshoe_Falls 805850You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: crimson, prism, steps, silence, count
  2. Random: needing more
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Taking Over

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 432: Thursday 28th August

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Books and Reading Wednesday- Review: Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson

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The latest book review from Harliqueen…

Originally posted on A Writer's Life For Me.:

End of August Indie Book Review: Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson

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Goodreads synopsis:

As a former Royal Marine Commando, Brad Morgan is among the best of the best. Now heading up his own unit in the private security world, he lives by the same mottos he served by.

When Alicia Gladstone, a star in the entertainment industry, is put under threat, Brad and his team at Morgan and Fairchild must step in to find a killer before it’s too late.

At the peak of physical and mental fitness, all his years of training are put to the test when he is forced into a world artificial by nature, and too distracting for his own good. But it isn’t the environment that poses the biggest threat. It is the past he ran away from, one he thought he had overcome.

I’ve read some of Melissa Barker-Simpson’s work on…

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 27 August 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 427: Wednesday 27th August

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.

427 rhino_on_black_bw 876690You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: maybe, fault, day, magazine, electric
  2. Random: the day after tomorrow
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: So about this…

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 431: Wednesday 27th August

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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