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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 20th Feb 2017

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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. 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 1068: Monday 20th February

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.

1068-woman-1031000_640Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: trump, nine, independent, cost, earth
  2. Random: driving me insane
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about spending a week with a parent

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1072: Monday 20 February

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

Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1072-pair-dog-1086286_640Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: people, just, job, keep, hang
  2. Random: watching a whole series
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is waiting for someone in a bar

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).

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15 Quick Writing Tips !

This does what it says on the tin. Which is your favourite? Mine’s no.4 and yes, a list wouldn’t be complete without no.15.

K. D. Dowdall

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Posted by Melissa Donovan on January 26, 2017 on Writing Forward.com  

This list includes a mix of writing tips and some of the tips Melissa thinks are essential.  However, I believe that these are mostly for the beginner writer and can be used as a reminder for the more experienced writer.

  1. Read as much as you can (and make sure you read quality writing) and write every day — practice makes perfect.
  2. Acquire some resources: dictionary, thesaurus, style guide, grammar handbook, and books on writing.
  3. Join or start a writers’ group and get feedback on your
  4. Lower your expectations and allow yourself to write badly. It’s better to write crap than to write nothing at all.
  5. Feeling uninspired? Writer’s block is no excuse; find some writing prompts and exercises. Use them.
  6. Do you want to write a novel? Launch a blog? Submit your poetry? Set goals and then get…

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