Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 3 November 2015

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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 729: Tuesday 3rd November

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.

729 vampire 589137Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: substantial, product, digital, sector, transform
  2. Random: stuck in a time-warp
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The National Programme

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 733: Tuesday 3rd November

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… currently half price (when using coupon codes)!

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How to Become a Writer by Katy Haye

I sort of* stumbled upon this brilliant video by independent author Katy Haye. It’s fairly reflective of my writing life and that of many others. So, do take a look at…

*I say “sort of stumbled” as I have recently finished editing Katy’s latest novel and I was adding her glowing testimonial to my blog’s Editing and Critique page and when checking her website link, went to her ‘About Me’ page and clicked on the YouTube link.