Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 30 Jul

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week. As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent will be posting my Word Count Wednesdays posts so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These random sheet posts include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have the text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. Requires improvement
  2. A taste of adventure
  3. Water bill was bound to run into trouble
  4. Ruskin
  5. Yemen: One dead as cyclone hits
  6. Let’s jam: 1) Slightly under-ripe fruit makes better jam, because it has a higher acidity; 2) Sterilise even brand new jars by washing, then heating in a 100°C oven for 15 minutes; 3) Pectin makes your jam set. Mix low-pectin fruit, such as strawberries, with pectin-rich fruit, such as plums, or use jam sugar; 4) Undercook rather than overcook – runny jam can be heated up again; 5) Once opened, store your jam in the fridge and use within four weeks.
  7. The world goes Pop
  8. The Iowa Caucus above an image of a sign in the field, with the name Ted Cruz on it
  9. Sophia
  10. Sharp posts third loss in four years
  11. One single supplier is throwing out 3,000 tonnes of perfectly edible carrots each year
  12. Well preserved: What better way to use up autumn’s abundance of fruit and veg than to make jams and chutneys
  13. An image of the Twitter bird

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