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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 18th September 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 1218: Monday 18th September

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: soon, things, going, dislike, thatch
  2. Random: pick an item from today’s / the weekend’s news
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about the first day of a new life

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1222: Monday 18 Sept

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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Here is my interview with Jane Risdon

Jane’s “I’ve read every book Christina Jones has written” made me smile as I’m sure Christina (and almost every author) have material that has never seen the cliched light of day. Congrats on your first ‘baby’, Jane.


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie

Hello Fiona, thanks for inviting me here. This is really cool. I hope your readers enjoy reading this.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Jane Risdon and I’m old enough to know better.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born in England, a citizen of the world.

Fiona: A little about yourself (ie: your education, family life, etc.).

I was born into an Army family and travelled throughout my childhood as a result, living overseas a lot of the time.

Married a musician with whom I have a son. Our family has travelled and lived over-seas mostly, and our son still lives in Los Angeles.

Family life on the road with his band, and later when we went into management of singers, songwriters, record producers, and being…

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