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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 20th Dec 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 1024: Tuesday 20th December

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.

1024-skull-1426813_640Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: brilliant, applause, between, sisters, 21
  2. Random: forgotten the words
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Going Once, Twice

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1028: Tuesday 20 December

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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Rejection Letter for “Confessions of a Fanfiction Writer”

How to keep your chin(s) up…

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

Get ready to be rejected; but nobody likes rejection.

From the office of Primebooks, Inc.
Kelleyville, California

July 23, 2016

To Ms. May,

I regret to inform you that the manuscript for “Confessions of a Fanfiction Writer” is unsuitable for publication. I know you’ve grown tired of having to hear those words, but I don’t think fan fiction is a good subject to write about. Plus, your protagonist sounds like one of those silly fangirls who spends all their time writing fan fiction while they could be dating or hanging out with friends..

Plus, fan fiction is for children.

Please throw away this story and start over.

Sincerely yours,

Timothy Chaney

Well, well, I see someone’s creative ideas were squashed while they were in high school, or else they wouldn’t say those kinds of things. It’s so sad that I have to put up with those annoying attacks on my…

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