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

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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 1402: Friday 1st June

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and two others are 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: short, hanger, switch, race, home
  2. Random: sorry to leave a note
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: high

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1406: Friday 1st June

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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The BeaconLit 500-word 2017-2018 season is closed!

As one door (season) closes, another will open 1st August!


Yes, the end of May brings our first year’s competition to a close. The results for May will be announced on this blog mid-June, with the longlist (of 34 stories) posted thereafter. The results (winners plus runners up) will then be announced at this year’s literary festival and the top three stories published (on this blog and the judge’s blog).

We will be launching the next season (running from August 2018 to May 2019) which willl no longer have the month as the theme but a different theme per month. The list will be announced after the festival (so after 14th July) and the 500-word Competition page updated (with the current season’s listings moved to a sub-page). This contains a list of the prizes offered: top two (cash) prizes plus eight runners up, all of whom win tickets to the 2019 literary festival. Next season there will be the same…

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