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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 12 July 2016

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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. 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 909: Tuesday 12th July

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.

910 Giraffes 903254Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: English, benefit, teenage, part, family
  2. Random: an open-top bus
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Not a Good Impression

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 913: Tuesday 12th July

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… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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Book review for the last two books of the mortal instruments series

A very sweet book review from Enette…

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I didn’t write a post or this week but I did review a couple of books on this video.

If you don’t feel like watching the video then let me sum it up for you really fast.

In this video I discuss the last two books in the mortal instruments series (by Cassandra Clare)

City of lost souls:

In this book Jace is possessed by Sebastian and Clary has to risk herself to get him back.

What I loved about this book is the contrast between good Jace and evil Jace as well as the attempts to make Sebastian seem human just to remind the reader that he is pure EVIL.

City of heavenly fire:

In this book, Sebastian is turning a bunch of shadow hunters evil and orchestrates one of the greatest betrayals  in Shadow hunter history. Clary, Jace, The lightwoods, and Simon has to stop him even if…

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