Today’s poetry and story exercises: 16th April 2018

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

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 1368: Monday 16th April

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: strike, doze, tonic, needs, dog
  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 finding a purpose

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1372: Monday 16th Apr

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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Morgen’s Monday Mentorship (free!) starts tonight…

Are you stuck on your story, novel, poem or non-fiction piece and want expert help?

From Monday 16th April 2018 (tonight), I will be running a mentorship group on Facebook offering a dedicated two-hour weekly Q&A where you can pick my brains, with the opportunity for group chat the rest of the week.

The group’s at https://www.facebook.com/groups/morgensmondaymentorship. Ask to join and I will add you.

Every Monday* evening (7.30pm to 9.30pm UK time), I will be your mentor for a two-hour live session when you can ask me anything you like about writing! *There will be occasions when I’m unable to be at my desk on a Monday evening, e.g. when I’m booked to do a ‘real’ talk but I will be available the day before or day after (i.e. the Sunday or Tuesday) at the same time, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, unless circumstances (speaking events, holidays etc) prevent me from doing so.

Of course it doesn’t stop you asking questions at other times (by creating a new comment) but it won’t be live so you may have to wait for answers. I will keep an eye on the thread and post at least one reply to each comment before the following Monday.

There’s also the option for private feedback – see Morgen’s Email Critique Group.

The sooner you join, the more mentorship you receive within the group! I do offer one-to-one email mentorship but there is a fee; see the Editing and Critique page.

For one-to-one mentorship, please email me at morgen@morgenbailey.com.

BeaconLit 500-word comp Round 9 – Mar 2018 – winners announced

And the winners are…

BeaconLit

We are delighted to announce the top three stories from March’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Making Mother’s Day
  • Spring Surveillance
  • The Keeper of Time

…with ‘Ides’ narrowly missing out on the top three.

These three stories will now go through to the final judging which takes place when the final (eleventh) round closes on 31st May. The results of that month will be revealed mid-June and the final ten authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2018 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 14th July.

If your story isn’t listed above, you are welcome to do whatever you like with them hereon in. If your story is listed, it’s possible that it could be placed in the top three (next July – see below) which will be published on this website (and on…

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