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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 1st August 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 1184: Tuesday 1st August

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: idea, hurdle, wonderful, sport, crick
  2. Random: nothing standing in their way
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Winning the Money

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1188: Tuesday 1 Aug

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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Today Tuesday Talk catches up with author Claire Douglas to chat about her journey to publication, dream holiday and her next writing project…

This looks like a great book… another for my holiday pile, I think.

JO LAMBERT - A WRITER'S JOURNEY

claire picGood morning Claire and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo. Thanks for having me. Well, I’m from a little town called Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire, although as an adult I’ve moved around a lot. We moved to Bath five years ago. I’m married with two young(ish) children who keep me very busy when I’m not writing – particularly at this time of the year!

How did your writing journey begin?

I was a journalist for fifteen years – starting out in local newspapers and eventually writing true-life stories and health features for women’s magazines including Take-A-Break and Bella. I always wanted to write fiction though. I wrote my first novel at 24 and was rejected. Then I wrote three more and had more rejections, but also some encouraging comments. In 2013, I’d just started writing what would become “The Sisters”…

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BeaconFlash round 2 now open and round 1 results announced!

BeaconFlash is BeaconLit’s new 500-word competition (with month-end deadlines/themes July to May). Just £2 per entry (no limit on entries) with £325’s worth of prizes! You can also receive feedback on your story / stories at £5 per story with the optional critique service. See https://beaconlitblog.wordpress.com/500-word-competition for full details. The results for July have been announced.

BeaconLit is a non-profit festival where all proceeds go to local libraries. http://bvcl.org.uk

The competition opened in July (round 1) and therefore August is round 2 etc. There will be 11 rounds until the final winners / runners up are announced at the 2018 festival on Saturday 15th July 2018.

 
 

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August’s free 100-word competition now open

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words EXcluding title) and submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

 

Hello everyone. Yes, July’s competition – with the theme of ‘strangers on a train’ is now closed. The theme for August is ‘ticking’ which you can now submit and any time during until Thursday 31st August (midnight UK time).

And remember, you can send up to three stories per month (individually or at the same time). It’s worth doing because some people have missed out because of errors (usually not 100 words exactly) in the only entry they send so they are immediately disqualified. This happened again last month. <sigh>

September’s theme is ‘afraid, very afraid’ to use however you wish. You can write them whenever you like but don’t send them to me until Friday 1st September.

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