Daily Archives: November 7, 2016

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 7th Nov 2016

*** 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… six currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and one FREE!, 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 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 993: Monday 7th 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.

993-old-lady-10499Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: associate, product, Mac, introduce, slow
  2. Random: making himself clean
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about finishing early

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 997: Monday 7 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… six are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other is FREE!

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FREEBIE! My Fifty 5pm Fictions Volume 2 is free today!

Fifty 5pm Fictions (Vol 2) cover smallI am delighted to share with you that the second volume in the Fifty 5pm Fictions series (that’s 50 short stories and flash fictions) is FREE today, Monday 7 Nov! The link will take you to the Amazon store in your country.

There are criminals, victims, revenge, men in uniform, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky red hands, no faded circle of skin. We meet a generous aunt, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a young girl with wings.

The stories are: No threat to customers (398 words), We all have to start somewhere (1,919), The one she’d bought the dress for (582), This is my mother we’re talking about (202), Nita readings (286), It brought him luck last time (188), Whatever Aunt Agatha has in store for you (318), Once living and pink (182), Stuffed (44), A good deal really (221), Human maybe (126), Unexpected especially (323), Belt up (227), Gripped (268), Ruby’s revenge (252), Trillpower (155), Sharp edges (142), Hot for a man in uniform (137), A goatie to go with it (321), Yes, Mildred (212), Biological is all it is (531), Sticky red hands (176), Home visit (305), No faded circle of skin (373), Good with his hands (428), Just a shame they have to die (263), Who indeed? (280), Three keys (276), It’ll be over soon (220), More Laura Ashley than Magnum P.I. (288), Sort of funny (228), Master of the house (135), Legs and confidence (443), Cheapskate (188), Dowdy is a let-down (454), Exotic spice (313), Playing safe (242), They never do (263), Modern-day Cleopatra (393), Cardboard box in a field (435), Off the back of a lorry (328), Standing room only (548), Waiting for the number 12 (459) – one of my favourites!, Rosie an afterthought (262), A mountain to climb (361), Not a house or car (94), Popped out for a pint of milk, or something (417), The light on the ceiling (185), Empathy, sympathy, sorrow (326), and Josie’s wings (237). Total word count: 16,015. You can see the writing prompts that inspired this collection at

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