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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 15th December 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 1282: Friday 15th December

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: Simon, simple, stretch, crumbs, crumble
  2. Random: give me strength
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: spoon

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1286: Friday 15th Dec

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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Update: Some highs, some lows

Oh how I empathise…

Jane Dougherty Writes

Today I haven’t written anything new at all. Not even revised old stuff. I’ve been doing more research for likely publishers for some of the manuscripts I’ve acquired over the last few years. I should feel upbeat. ‘Literally Stories’ published a short story of mine recently, I’m a featured poet on the ‘Pure Haiku’ blog, ‘Vita Brevis’ has accepted two of my poems and requested more, and I have actually sold a short story to an anthology of Norse mythology. But I would really, really like to be able to say, I’ve found a home for one of my novels. So, I’m knuckling down and trying to find one.

Harder to shift though than the unpublished novels, are the previously self-published ones. I now have back on my hands the entire ‘Green Woman’ series after a big (the word doesn’t do it justice) disappointment (I’m being polite) from the publisher…

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