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Morgen Oct 2014Hello 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 were 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 early 2015, 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 (or book review); 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 (or book review); Saturday – an interview or spotlight, which then leads for the weekend. 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: 26 March 2015

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 573: Thursday 26th March

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.

573 pumpkins 870086Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: information, composition, help, answer, system
  2. Random: fifty years ahead
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Some Key Questions

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 577: Thursday 26th March

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 25 March 2015

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 572: Wednesday 25th March

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.

572 cat 906145Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: exciting, ice, theory, series, serious
  2. Random: fifty years in the past
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: In terms of…

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 576: Wednesday 25th March

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 24 March 2015

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 571: Tuesday 24th March

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.

571 veggies 866077Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: resolve, currently, two, theory, result
  2. Random: a matching dress
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Shiny

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 575: Tuesday 24th March

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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10 Great Quotes from John Steinbeck

10 Great Quotes from John Steinbeck

morgenbailey:

Some great quotes. My favourite is the rabbit one. :)

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

10 witty and inspiring quotes from the author of Of Mice and Men

An interviewer once asked John Steinbeck, ‘How do you go about writing?’ Steinbeck reportedly replied, ‘With a pencil.’ Elsewhere, thankfully, he was more forthcoming about the nature of writing, whether his own, or literature in general. In this post we’ve gathered up ten of the best John Steinbeck quotes, on topics ranging from the nature of ideas to the odd ‘fan’ mail Steinbeck received.

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. – ‘In Awe of Words’, The Exonian, 1930

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. – Interview with Robert van Gelder, April 1947; quoted in Jay Parini, John Steinbeck : A Biography

John SteinbeckWhen a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he…

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in writing

 

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 23 March 2015

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 570: Monday 23rd March

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABelow are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: character, surface, total, dark, region
  2. Random: dialogue-only piece about a new thing
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – someone saw something unusual

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 574: Monday 23rd March

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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