Daily Archives: November 29, 2013

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 29 November 2013

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on 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 235: Friday 29th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

235 girls on railway 841117You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: doing, wrangle, rotten, view, wanting
  2. Random: new neighbour
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: passed

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 239: Friday 29th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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5a.m. Flash: Free eBook from Catherine Dougherty: In Woolen Bikinis – free 29 & 30 Nov

I’m delighted to announce that one of Catherine Dougherty’s novels is free on Kindle today and tomorrow.

NB. Because of other postings due later, this notification goes out at 5am UK time which will still be the day before in some parts of the Amazon world, so you may have to wait a few hours for the offer to kick in.

In Woolen Bikinis – Women’s Fiction

All Women Need Their Own Simple Pleasures . . . 


Jean and Rosie are involved in a new adventure together—one they’re both excited about—and they’ll introduce you to some interesting characters along the way.

While Jean is also busy dealing with numerous man issues, her best friend, Rosie, has plenty of issues of her own: she’s facing empty nest syndrome, her husband is recovering from heart surgery, and she’s finally prepared to solve a deep, dark secret from her past. Then, there’s the unexpected news that could shatter her optimism and faith.

In Woolen Bikinis is an engaging story about the unpredictable twists and turns that can happen in any woman’s life, as well as a strong friendship, one Jean and Rosie are fortunate to have, that can help carry one through.

It’s also about Simple Pleasures, plenty of them (like woolen bikinis).

Be prepared to be delighted!

Author – Catherine Dougherty

Cathy Photo BWCatherine Dougherty, a native of New Hampshire, lives with her husband in the beautiful Lakes Region area, near Lake Winnipesaukee.

She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project and currently serves as social media chair for the Greater Lakes Region Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Her debut novel in Polyester Pajamas, the first book in the Jean and Rosie series, was released in June 2012.

Seal-2012Winner-300She has also published several essays and poems, and is a featured author in the 2012-2013 publication 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading presented by

Catherine’s website is and her book is available (currently free) via: and


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