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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 1 December 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 492: Monday 1st December

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.

492 smoke 849844Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: initiate, own, edit, final, proud
  2. Random: a wicked witch
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – about to tell a well-meaning lie

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 496: Monday 1st December

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Dealing with Bookstores 101 – Pt. 2

and part 2…

Publicity Tip #61

Whether you’re self-published or with a small traditional publisher, your book is likely not being stocked in the local bookstore. Why? With limited shelf space many bookstores only carry books from the big guys. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with bookstorSell Your Bookes get your share of the shelf space:

Know what you’re getting into

Know who to contact

Know how to make the approach

Know how to make sales

Know when to press your luck

So you’ve decided to make the plunge and get your book into a bookstore – congratulations! Now comes the hard part… Reaching out to the right person.

If you’re looking at getting your book into one of the big-name box bookstores then there’s two ways to go about this:

Walk into the store closest to you and ask to speak with the manager on duty.

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Dealing with Bookstores 101 – Pt. 1

M J Moores’ advice on getting your book into stores (part 1)…

Publicity Tip #60

boulderbookstoreWhether you’re self-published or with a small traditional publisher, your book is likely not being stocked in the local bookstore. Why? With limited shelf space many bookstores only carry books from the big guys. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with bookstores get your share of the shelf space:

Know what you’re getting into

Know who to contact

Know how to make the approach

Know how to make sales

Know when to press your luck

The first thing to consider is why you want to have your book in one or more book stores. The answer to that is usually, “I want to reach the local market.” And why do you want to reach the local market… to make more sales. Now, if making sales equates to making money you need to sit down and do some important math.

Yes, math.

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