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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 29th 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 1292: Friday 29th 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: familiar, out, change, Julie, back
  2. Random: deciding to continue
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: devote

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1296: Friday 29th 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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Today Tuesday Talk chats to author Heidi -Jo Swain about her writing journey, tips for newbie authors and whether she’s a beach or city girl…

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Good morning Heidi and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hello Jo. Thank you so much for inviting me to come over and chat. It is lovely to be here. I am an author of commercial fiction, writing for Simon and Schuster and represented by lovely Amanda Preston from LBA. I live in beautiful Norfolk with my family and a very quirky rescue cat called Storm.

How did your writing journey begin?

My journey began when I was in my teens, but I didn’t pluck up the courage to take my ambitions seriously until I was in my thirties. By then I’d reached the ‘it’s now or never’ point and decided that life was far too short not to follow my heart.
I enrolled on a couple of local creative writing courses and wrote short stories for an online community before taking the…

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Book Review: My Girlfriend’s Perfect ex-Boyfriend by Peter Jones

Interesting that not all characters are perfect… according to the reader.

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My Book Review

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First of all, apologies for the late posting of this review! Work and MA work, plus family stuff is taking a lot of time at the moment and I am trying to slow down on my workload for Christmas.

This book is absolutely hilarious. Hilarious, from the title to the wonderful character that is Adrian Turner. I must admit, I didn’t like Paige in the beginning. I felt like she let Ade spin out of control a little, even though I must admit he was a little neurotic. Which is so refreshing to read, since men in books are normally so self assured – to have a hot mess like Ade is awesome! The relationship between him and his student is very funny too, and heartwarming in many places. We have all opened the x-files from time to time, and this is a refreshing take. Reading about…

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Writing: Are You Generous or Miserly?

Writing: Are You Generous or Miserly?

An interesting article…

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

 By: Marilyn L. Davis
“It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over I’s to save ink.  ~Horatio Walpole

What is Generous Writing?

Generous writing is my term for pieces that give more than just quick information or only the facts; it is the creative aspect of non-fiction.  Writing today has to be more than simply a word count and quantity, it has to be the word and content quality as well. These articles include the story behind the words, and that takes time, energy, and effort on our part to create a meaningful, value added article.

Writing about Any Topic: Miserly or Generous?


Are you a miser like Scrooge in your writing? Most of us know the story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The main character, Scrooge, with his Bah – Humbug attitude embodies selfishness, indifference, and miserly behaviors. When…

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