Catharsis for the Reader (Step 3)

And part 3 of this series…

Writer Block

I’m sorry for the long gap since the last post. I’ve been ill but am now feeling much better. So without further ado…

Catharsis is the expulsion, repulsion, or purification of toxins and impurities. Emotional catharsis can allow the release and possible transformation of many different negative feelings. These may be toxic emotions built up from real life or emotions instilled by the writer.

In Step 1, we looked at various seeds to plant in order to produce the reader emotions of anxiety, fear, and sorrow. The seeds you have planted included character traits, goals and dreams, premonitions and prophecies.

In Step 2, we grew these seeds until they tangled up inside the reader and turned toxic. You grew these seeds by nurturing reader investment in the characters as situations grew progressively worse.

Now we will harvest the negative feelings in dramatic and definitive ways.

Harvest Wisely

Now that you’ve…

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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 16th June 2017

*** 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… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) 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 1152: Friday 16th June

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.

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

  1. Keywords: decision, thirty, tissue, surprise, none
  2. Random: Jamaican
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: crack

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 1156: Friday 16 June

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)!

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Hot on the heels of the publication of her second novel Tell Me No Secrets, I’m catching up with author Lynda Stacey for a chat…

Another author whose first book written wasn’t the first to be published…


meToday I have Lynda Stacey on my blog.  With two successful books under her belt, I invited her along to chat about her pathway to publication, her writing and what we can expect from her next…

Hi Lynda and welcome. Can I begin by asking you what made you want to become a writer?

Wow… what a good question. I don’t know really. As a child I spent a lot of time reading and getting lost in the written word. Then, when I was around 12 years old, I got a typewriter one Christmas and I use sit for hours making up little stories. At 14, my English teacher used to praise my stories and it gave me a real boost. He advised me to write for a living… it only took me another 30 years to take his advice.
I guess things could have turned out differently if I’d…

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