Today’s poetry and story exercises: 1st May 2018

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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 1379: Tuesday 1st May

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: surprise, home, both, losing, out
  2. Random: a little black book with his poems in
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: No one Home

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1383: Tuesday 1st May

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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Story a Day May 2018 – Day 1: Seen from the Outside

Most years I do a story a day courtesy of www.storyaday.org. and will be this year but I won’t be publishing the stories here as I want to send them off somewhere and blogging online counts as published which most outlets won’t accept but will let you know each day how I got on the previous day… so you know I’m doing the challenge with me. Do leave a comment below to let me know how you do.. Today’s prompt is…

Write a story about someone who leaves the house for work, and on the way has some kind of accident. This is the main character. The accident can be anything from spilling coffee on an interview suit to getting hit by a car. The story is written in three parts of approximately 300 words.

Read more (including how the three parts work) via May 01 – Seen from the Outside, Guest Prompt from Tadzio Koelb.

Go!

Tuesday Talk welcomes author Caroline James talking about the inspiration behind The Best Boomerville Hotel and introduces us to some rather special foodie guests at her dinner table…

Any party with Keith Floyd would be entertaining…

JO LAMBERT - A WRITER'S JOURNEY

Today I’m really thrilled to be hosting author Caroline James on Tuesday Talk…

caroline jamesGood morning Caroline and welcome to Tuesday Talk. Can I begin, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, lovely to be on Tuesday Talk today. I was born in Cheshire and have spent my working life in the hospitality industry having run businesses that encompass all aspects. I started life pot washing and waiting table and in time ran my own pub and restaurant and before owning a lovely country house hotel in Cumbria. I am based in the UK but like to travel as much as possible.

How did your writing career begin?

I’ve always wanted to write but never thought I was good enough. I hated school and left at the first opportunity. I’ve had stories in my head all my life but about six years ago, when one refused to go away…

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