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The 365-day Writer’s Block Workbook Volume 1 is free today!

The first volume of this writer’s guide series – my best selling book – is free today, Sunday 19th November!

Packed with 1,000 sentence starts, spread three a day for a year, this volume looks at all three points of view (first, second and third) and tenses with a tip at the end of each week.

You can download the eBook for free (today only) via http://mybook.to/365WBWBVol1 (which links to the Amazon store in your country).

The first week, as an example, is below…

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Morgen’s Email Critique Group

Hello. I know that writers, myself included, need – and appreciate – feedback on our work. By that I don’t mean “Oh yes, that’s great” – although that would be good too. We need to be told where we’re going wrong. I am a freelance editor so it’s my day job to do that but I thought I’d start this critique group so that you could also get feedback from other writers.

The idea is that you submit your writing (max. 2,000 words per submission*) – whenever you like – and I will collate them and send them on to others in the group for them to return to me within two weeks, although the sooner the better) so that I can return it to the original author.

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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in critique, ideas, novels, short stories, writing

 

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November’s free 100-word competition is now open!

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title)
and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

Hello everyone. Yes, October’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced on Friday 10th November. The theme for November is ‘winter warmth’’ which you can now submit and any time during until Thursday 30th November (midnight UK time).

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Welcome to Morgen’s blog!

blog pic smallHello and welcome to my blog. Depending on content received, this blog’s usual schedule is (when content available)…

  • Monday – poetry;
  • Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); the last Wednesday of the month is the deadline for the 6-word stories (you can submit up to ten per month!).
  • Friday – the results of the previous month’s 100-word free monthly competition (the second Friday of the month), a <500-word flash fiction (posted every first and third Friday), or the latest batch of 6-word stories (the last Friday of the month).
  • Saturday – a spotlight or guest post, which then heads the blog for the weekend.
  • Every weekday (6.30pm UK time), I also post writing exercises on / from the Online Writing Groups.
 
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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in competitions, short stories, writing

 

Writing Competitions and you… success? near miss? the judge? Let me know!

Hello everyone. I’m Writers’ Forum magazine’s Competitive Edge columnist and I’d love to know whether you have entered any writing competitions (of any type), and have been successful, a runner-up perhaps, or been unsuccessful but have learned from the experience, have advice for other entrants, or maybe you’re a competition judge and have some tips on entering (and funny stories to tell!).

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The Little Church by the Sea by Liz Taylorson @BooksManatee @taylorson_liz

The Little Church by the Sea by Liz Taylorson @BooksManatee @taylorson_liz

Yay for another blog tour…

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Today I am delighted to welcome Liz Taylorson to the blog with a fantastic Q&A. Welcome Liz!

Tell me about your journey to publication…

I’ve always loved writing, and when I gave up my career working in a university library to look after my children I saw it as a chance to do the one thing I had always dreamed of doing and I finally wrote MY NOVEL. I was firmly convinced it was the best novel ever written, probably up there with War and Peace, until I joined the Romantic Novelist’s Association New Writers’ Scheme (a fantastic scheme allowing novices like me to get professional critiques and advice on their work) to find that my great novel was … badly written and self indulgent! As well as not being romantic enough for romance, too romantic for women’s fiction and definitely NOT funny enough for any kind of comedy …

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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in writing

 

Little Did He Know

Ah… my favourite film… It’s rare that I find someone who’s heard of it.

The Third Eve

A month after my husband’s death, I wrote that I had discovered the substance of my faith and “found out what’s true for me.” This morning I smiled wryly as I re-read what I wrote then, because I don’t know a damn thing today.

“Little Did He Know . . .”

What I thought I knew then and what I think I know now call to mind a scene in one of my favorite films, Stranger Than Fiction. In this delightful movie about one man’s growth of consciousness, IRS auditor Harold Crick suddenly finds himself the subject of a narration only he can hear. One morning as Harold waits for the bus, things take a grim turn when the narrator foretells Harold’s imminent death.

Alarmed, Harold consults a psychiatrist who tells him he has schizophrenia. He counters by asking what she would advise if he did not have schizophrenia…

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in writing

 

Today’s poetry and story exercises: 17th November 2017

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 1262: Friday 17th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

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

  1. Keywords: business, month, money, next, event
  2. Random: doing his / her best
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: cancel

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!

Story Writing Exercises 1266: Friday 17th Nov

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in ideas

 

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Welsh Wednesdays: Introducing the authors and readers of the Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair: Jacqueline Jeynes and “Walking Wales: The Art Lovers Guide to the Wye Valley Way”

For lovers of all things Welsh…

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This year’s Christmas Book Fair will be just like a Mini-Literature-Festival all over Llandeilo. 
It gives me great pleasure  to introduce one of our authors and speakers (12:00 at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery)

Travel writer Dr Jacqueline Jaynes

On the day of our Book Fair, Sat Dec 9th, you will be able to find Jacqueline in the Horeb Chapel and at noon she’ll be talking in the Fountain Fine ArtGallery about her book “Walking Wales: The Art Lovers Guide to the Wye Valley Way”. This is a wonderful book about images about places along the route from the National Library of Wales digital collections, ranging from 18th-20th century with well-known artists including Turner and David Cox.

Reviews: Art lovers guide to the Wye Valley 

What an ambitious undertaking, walking so far in such a short time and facing the best and worst that Welsh weather can provide and the odd bull!…

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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in writing

 

Today’s poetry and story exercises: 16th November 2017

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 1261: Thursday 16th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

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.

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

  1. Keywords: fleet, shuffle, stay, round, enjoy
  2. Random: in last-ditch talks
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Flying Back

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!

Story Writing Exercises 1265: Thursday 16th Nov

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in ideas

 

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The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill book review

The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca Stonehill book review

For those who love history… I’m a 1960s baby. 🙂

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the secret life of alfred nightingale

The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale written and published by Rebecca Stonehill is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2zFC5xi

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A compelling page turner of a buried past resurfacing, set against a backdrop of the 1960’s youth culture and war torn Crete.

1967. Handsome but troubled, Jim is almost 18 and he lives and breathes girls, trad jazz, Eel Pie Island and his best friend, Charles. One night, he hears rumours of a community of young people living in caves in Matala, Crete. Determined to escape his odious, bully of a father and repressed mother, Jim hitchhikes through Europe down to Matala. At first, it’s the paradise he dreamt it would be. But as things start to go wrong and his very notion of self unravels, the last thing Jim expects is for this journey of hundreds of miles to…

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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in writing