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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, 400+ author spotlights, 300+ guest blogs, 150+ Flash Fiction Fridays and batches of 6-word FFFs, and 100+ post-weekend poems… 3,300+ posts generating 200-800+ views a day, to-date 310,000+ hits. If you’d like to take part, please click here.

Apart from this blog, I run local (Northampton, UK) writing / I.T. courses and my online courses are listed on this blog’s Online Courses page.

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 (when content available); Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); Friday – a <500-word flash fiction (when content available) or batch of 6-worders (the last Friday of the month); Saturday – a spotlight or guest post, which then leads for the weekend. Every weekday (6pm UK time), I also post writing exercises on / from the Online Writing Groups.

Forthcoming content

And now for the latest item (below)…

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in writing

 

Morgen’s Online Courses

I teach creative writing at various locations around Northamptonshire, England and am now making my courses available online. The full details are listed on the Courses page but those available so far are…

Online only – three available to-date via Udemy, the other 12+ courses following July / August 2015:

Then to come – online only…

  • entering writing competitions (price: £7 / $9)
  • scenarios monthly series – a series of volumes designed to last 31 days each providing 31 scenarios plus three exercises per scenario and tip every day! (price: £7 / $9)
  • writing tips – part 1: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to spark your creativity – (price: £19 / c.$30)
  • writing tips – part 2: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to enhance your writing – price: £19 / c.$30)
  • creating compelling characters (price: £19 / c.$30)
  • dynamic dialogue (price: £19 / c.$30)
  • and anything else I can think of…

Then to come – online and in person…

  • creative writing – beginners (online price: t.b.a.)
  • creative writing – intermediate (online price: t.b.a.)
  • writing genres (online price: t.b.a.)
  • plan and write a novel (online price: t.b.a.)
  • ideas and inspiration series (online price: £7 / $9 per volume)
  • short stories and flash fiction (online price: t.b.a.)
  • editing your fiction (online price: £19 / $30)
  • eBooking (online price: £7 / $9)
  • blogging (online price: £7 / $9)

Do let me know if you enrol, and how you get on.

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in writing, writing courses

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 28 July 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 659: Tuesday 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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

659 change 836760Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: cry, emotional, major, shatter, career
  2. Random: a Norwegian teenager
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Going into the Military

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 663: Tuesday 28th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 27 July 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 658: Monday 27th 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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

658 bug 604577Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: paralyse, lack, control, brain, wrong
  2. Random: a dip in the Mediterranean
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – someone has a broken toe

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 662: Monday 27th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Writing: how to improve your focus

morgenbailey:

Some wise words…

Originally posted on The characterful writer:

SamuelJohnson Samuel Johnson in close focus

It’s commonly mentioned by writers as a problem: keeping focus on the book you’re currently writing. It isn’t just the intrusion of other writing or everyday chores. More than ever, writers blame the ingress of social media caused by two pressures: firstly the attraction of seeing friends’ and family’s daily activities, with consequent need to like, comment, or even worse, engage in a to and fro dialogue; secondly, the constant emphasis on the importance of social media for marketing the books we write.

There is only one way round this problem. Limitation. In the same way that we curtail, if not curb, our pleasure in food and drink in order to escape obesity, we can avoid gluttonous social media activity.

Easiest to restrict family/friends to a time of day assigned to relaxation. Just best not to open those Facebook etc at other times. There’ll always be something…

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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in writing

 

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 24 July 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 657: Friday 24th 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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

657 bridge 125493Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: told, battle, ninety, Australian, forty-five
  2. Random: an invaluable reminder
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: operation

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 661: Friday 24th July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 23 July 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 656: Thursday 23rd 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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

657 bridge 125493Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: told, battle, ninety, Australian, forty-five
  2. Random: an invaluable reminder
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: operation

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 660: Thursday 23rd July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 22 July 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 655: Wednesday 22nd 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.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

655 books 101574Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: bubble, bus, Belgium, delicious, sublime
  2. Random: a riotous bingo game
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Your clothes are…

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 659: Wednesday 22nd July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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