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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 13th July 2017

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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 1171: Thursday 13th 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.

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

  1. Keywords: clue, less, geometry, faces, sixty
  2. Random: forty rather than twenty
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Long and Floppy

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1175: Thursday 13 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… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

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Accent On … Karen King …

One of my favourite publishers… Accent Press… do check out this great chat between host April Hardy and Karen King.

April Hardy - Writing in the Sand

Hi Karen, and welcome to the July edition of Accent On …

The Cornish Hotel by the Sea is – obviously – set in Cornwall. I believe you lived in Cornwall for some years. Did you find it very different from living in the Midlands?

Yes, the pace of life is a lot slower and there’s much less focus on what you own. I holidayed in Cornwall for years when my daughters were young, camping, caravanning and staying in B&B’s before moving down there to live so I knew if very well. It’s a beautiful place and I lived there for almost a decade in a bungalow ten minutes walk from the sea. I haven’t been back for a visit for a few years now but it will always hold a special place in my heart.


What was the inspiration behind The Cornish Hotel by the Sea?


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