What Is NaNoWriMo?

It may be January but it’s never too early to plan. I’m a BIG #NaNoWriMo fan.

Laura Broadberry

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NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month as its known, is a non-profit organisation that created a writing challenge where you have to write 50,000 words in November. A chance for writers each year to up their productivity or for new writers to start a project, regardless of what their final word count is.

The challenge is as intimidating as it sounds, especially for new writers undertaking the challenge for the first time. However, NaNoWriMo is the chance to be encouraged by other writers to make it to the 50,000 word mark with organised write ins, word sprints and other writing related events/tasks to try. The community can be so supportive and are designed to help you in whatever they can. The website has a section for you to find your local community so you can join them, even if it’s not in person. They might have a forum or a…

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Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach @CKovachAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #audiobook

The latest review from Berit… a gripping dark and twisted police procedural.

Audio Killed the Bookmark

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for the third book in the brilliant Gina Hart series! Big thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Carla Kovach for her wonderful story!🚨

My Thoughts

Redheads beware! You’re just the girl he’s looking for!

This was a gripping dark and twisted police procedural… The third book in the DI Gina Hart series and just as engaging as the previous two… even though I have read the previous books I do believe this can absolutely be read as a standalone…. but I’m going to bet that after you read this one you will want to go back and read the previous two!

A young girl’s body falls out of the back of a van, she is rushed to the hospital and her last words are, “help her!” A couple days later and a couple miles away a young…

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – week 10

Hello.  I stopped mainstream, albeit part-time, teaching in July and have loads of resources including some ‘random prompt’ sheets so I thought I’d post one every Friday for you to use, in addition to the prompts I post every weekday morning, over the weekend. Here’s the tenth one. Make of it what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on Facebook / Twitter). 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…

Today’s poetry and story exercises: 18th Jan 2019

*** 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 two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… now available in eBook and paperback format!

I also run a free Monday mentor group. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

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 1567: Friday 18th January

(NB. This link won’t be active until noon UK time today)

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. I also run a free Monday mentor group. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: zero, point, look, click, chance
  2. Random: piggy
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: course

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 1571: Friday 18th Jan

(NB. This link won’t be active until 10am UK time today)

Below are your four story exercises for today. You can do them in any order. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

A winner from Ashley at (e)Book Nerd…

(e)Book Nerd

Keeper (Emily Roy & Alexis Castells, #2)Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m just going to say it: Johana Gustawsson is a genius.

After reading Block 46, I was eager to see what she came up with next, and Keeper does not disappoint. It is a complexly-plotted, exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave your mouth hanging open. But be warned: the crimes described in the book are pretty unpleasant, so if you don’t like gory-ness, you may want to skip this one.

It’s hard to describe what the plot is about without giving spoilers, but I’m going to try: Ten years after the arrest and conviction of a serial killer who murdered six women and author Alexis Castells’ policeman boyfriend, a body is found in Sweden that mirrors the previous crime almost exactly. Then a woman in London goes missing, following this same pattern. Castells and profiler Emily Roy are back on…

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The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola #TheStoryKepper @Anna_Mazz @AnneCater

The latest review from Clair over at Always Need More Books…

Always Need More Books

20190116_093704.jpgOriginally published: 26 July 2018

Author: Anna Mazzola

Published by: Tinder Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 384 pages

Reading dates: 2-6 January 2019

“It was the birds that woke her, their liquid voices trickling into her dreams.”

This is my second book my Anna Mazzola – I really enjoyed her first, The Unseeing so I was keen to read this when the opportunity came up, and regular readers will know that I enjoy my historical fiction!

Set in 1857 on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Audrey Hart applies for a job with Miss Buchanen who wants to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people of Skye and write them down. Audrey is well qualified for the post being able to speak Gaelic and having a love of the regional tales from travelling there with her mother as a child. And for some reason we don’t know at…

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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 17th Jan 2019

*** 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 two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… now available in eBook and paperback format!

I also run a free Monday mentor group. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

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 1566: Thursday 17th January

(NB. This link won’t be active until noon UK time today)

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. I also run a free Monday mentor group. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: seventies, widen, Brampton, spring, air
  2. Random: the entry point
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Too Basic

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 1570: Thursday 17th Jan

(NB. This link won’t be active until 10am UK time today)

Below are your four story exercises for today. You can do them in any order. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

Continue reading