Today’s poetry and story exercises: 23rd Oct 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 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 1504: Tuesday 23rd October

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: happy, basic, approach, epic, bitter
  2. Random: aware of his / her mortality
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Understand and Get

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1508: Tuesday 23rd Oct

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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Join us at Morgen’s Free Monday Creative Writing Q&A Mentorship live chat

Hello everyone. If you’d like help with your writing, or just love talking about anything writing related, and you’re on Facebook, you’re welcome to join 100+ (and growing) of us at my free weekly live Q&A chat. It’s where members can post their questions and we all pitch in with our answers. We do this throughout the week but I’m (almost) guaranteed to be there from 7pm to 9pm (UK time) – in two hours – every Monday so much quicker replies.

To join us click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/morgensmondaymentorship, answer the three question (What do you write? / What do you need most help with (if known)? / How can you contribute to the group?) then wait for me to approve you. See you there!

I also run a free anonymous (only I know who’s who) email critique swap for flash fiction, short stories or novel extracts – see Morgen’s (Free) Email Critique Group. There are also links on that page to non-fiction, script and poetry swaps.

Today’s poetry and story exercises: 22nd Oct 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 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 1503: Monday 22nd October

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: tomorrow, meet, read, matter, extraordinary
  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 moaning about the job

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 1507: Monday 22nd Oct

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.

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 (when using coupon codes) and the other two are FREE!

When you’ve finished, pop over to the relevant blog’s Facebook group (links below) and let everyone know how you got on. I also run Morgen’s Free Monday Creative Writing Q&A Mentorship on Facebook. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

So here are your prompts:

  1. Keywords: almost, always, altogether, explore, stop
  2. Random: the same as her
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character feels disposable

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).

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The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol @HarlequinBooks #bookreview

Interesting premise…

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Happy Sunday book lovers!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Excited to share with you today my review for this compelling book that will make you think 💭🤔

The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol

My Thoughts

Always remember the three simple rules….

1 pick your subjects at random.

2 NO contact.

3 never follow the same subject twice!

easy enough, right? But what am I talking about, what game?These are the rules for the game sweeping the nation the “Stranger Game“… A game taking social media, reality television, and people watching a step further…. have you ever been out to dinner and wondered what was going on in the life of the couple sitting at the table next to you? Perhaps you leaned a little closer to get a bit of a listen? But after they get up from the table you don’t give it much thought…. not the…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of fun #mystery The House Always Wins by Tom Minder

A ‘fun mystery’ for the weekend…

Rosie Amber

The House Always WinsThe House Always Wins by Tom Minder

3.5 stars

The House Always Wins is a fun mystery set in New Jersey. It is the sequel to The Long Harbor Testament, which I haven’t read, but this book can be read as a stand-alone. This is a mystery with an undertone of wry humour.

With a large cast of characters, the story opens with a murder at a casino called Dirty Sam’s. This becomes a complicated case for the slow-paced local police force. As the story evolves, it seems the casino and the lure of its money are too much for some.  With the introduction of the ‘Red Dahlia’, who is a feared hunter with a ten year grudge, seeking revenge, you have a palette for a colourful story.

The writing style is very factual and the content perhaps suited more to those who enjoy a cheeky Friday-night out, drinking with…

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Why readers are so important

What is a writer… or more appropriately, a published author without readers? Not nothing, because we can still write for pleasure, but most of us put work out there to be read, not to make lots of money… although that would be nice.

I’m prompted to write this following a wonderful email I received today:

“Is there a follow up to The Serial Dater’s Shopping List? It just ended too fast. I spent all this time getting thru izzys adventures and it was just like you, said okay i reached my word quota gotta STOP now.”

I loved it. My book is just over 100,000 words so no mean feat getting to the end too fast. Some, especially those on Amazon.com didn’t get that far, which makes me really sad as an author.

So if you’ve read a book you’ve enjoyed, especially if it’s mine (you can click on the picture to find out more about this one!), please do leave a review wherever you bought it, and on Goodreads (I have over six times more reviews there than on Amazon – the latest is below), and if you could spare the time to drop the author an email, it really would mean the world to them.

My latest review on Goodreads (as of 8th October)…

“31 days – 31 dates truly sounds exhausting, confusing and exhilarating at the same time. “The Serial Dater’s Shopping List” was a great, lighthearted summer time read. Having done my fair share on online dating I thought I would truly enjoy this book and I was right. Some of Izzy’s dates reminded me of my own which had me laughing and all of her dates had me reconsidering doing online dating again.

I do have to admit that the ending was a little frustrating for me. I felt like while some things were resolved there needed to be a little more context there before ending the story. Too much is left up to the reader’s imagination, which while some like that I do not. In addition, I knew before starting this book that it was a UK title and therefore would reference many British things. However, I was not expecting to be so confused at times but the slang terms Izzy used. All in all though I truly enjoyed this book. Not something that kept me up at night wanting me to read, but it was enjoyable. I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.” Thank you, Tiffany!

Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview

Ooh, I do like short and sweet. 🙂

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Happy Friday book friends!

I have another charming Christmas story to share with you today! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Rosie Green for her lovely words!🛷

Christmas at the Little Duck Pond CafeCATLDPC_FRONT RGB150dpiFen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox…

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