Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 22 Oct

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. Far-flung fashion
  2. Everyone loses when golf trumps our natural world
  3. 1001
  4. Monet created a studio in which he could work no matter the weather
  5. A photo with a tablet and Facebook on it, a woman with a headscarf, and hands tapping on a mobile phone
  6. Henry died doing what he loved
  7. Lifestyle lowdown
  8. There is no alternative
  9. Scotland: lower drinking limit has not changed offending rate
  10. We love the orchid – almost to death
  11. Oslo
  12. Death before honour
  13. More than just fish and football

Word Count Wednesday 20 Oct

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Time escaped me again this week so I have a zero. I could have written last night (actually any time) but needed to go back through the WIP as I’d done a lot of ‘bitty’ing (so there are things out of order) the previous week and wanted more time to do that than I had, plus I had emails long overdue replies. Feeble excuse but the one I’m sticking with.

I don’t want to use the pandemic either as an excuse, especially as things are more (new) normal these days but my headspace isn’t there yet. It doesn’t help having a lot of non-work/non-writing things bubbling around in there but I like my WIP so I will get it straighter before I embark on my version of NaNoWriMo (probably 30k rather than 50k, if that) next month. Anyone else doing that (or the proper version)?

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 15 Oct

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. Turkey: They come to Turkey for sun, sea, sand – and a head full of new hair
  2. A photo of a woman, sitting on a bench with a book in her hands, with the text: I’m certainly not going into retirement – I don’t want to sit around
  3. A new survey shows all the top four banks fail the test when it comes to customer satisfaction
  4. The sour taste of official anti-sugar rot
  5. In the North of England, more children are born out of marriage than in
  6. They don’t have to have warheads on them
  7. £300
  8. For a long time I chose ignorance about who I was, because it was safer
  9. Rydell
  10. Man tried to open plane door in flight
  11. Gaza: Sushi classes
  12. All is calm
  13. Do Christmas your own way – but leave out the deer
  14. A photo with on it pans, a kettle, a chair, and a desk lamp, with the text: Back to uni checklist
  15. Prisons: Books are ‘soaked in legal highs.’ Prison inspectors have expressed their alarm at discovering people can send legal highs, or novel psychoactive substances (NPS), into jail by soaking them into the pages of books or letters. There is little equipment to test for them.
  16. The North-west has taken a bit of a beating
  17. Cricket moves with the times

Word Count Wednesday 13 Oct

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I had hoped to write 1,000 words a day and started off well but life took over. So I have the grand sum of 1,829 written words this past week (last Wednesday to last night) which is better than the last few weeks, and hopefully less than next week. We’ll see. 🙂

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 8 Oct

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. Firmly in the driving seat
  2. Quote of the day: a good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil
  3. All was fine until I walked away, when things became fuzzy
  4. Design. Bare and essential
  5. A baby with a book in their hands with the text: Janet goes over the top
  6. He disagrees with the point that some events are impossible to predict
  7. Hampton
  8. Well done
  9. Get your ticket today
  10. ‘I’ve no regrets about giving up leadership’

Word Count Wednesday 6 Oct

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been quite good, albeit on the last day, and have written 1,677 words, ten over an average NaNoWriMo day. I’m tempted to take part in that next month but you know how I struggle for time. But then we can all make time, can’t we?

I’ve been continuing the new idea I started last month and it’s going well. I have a non-Prologue prologue, that is a very short opening pre-Chapter 1 chapter that gives us the hook before back in time that then leads to the hook.

I say a non-Prologue prologue because – and some of you will know this – I’m not a fan (at all) of prologues headed thus. I know some of you love them but ew, no. They can put off some readers (myself included) who will skip them and if the information needs to be known then calling it Prologue runs the risk of them doing so.

As I tell my (editing) authors, it’s not their fault but best avoided. I recommend having a time and place, so we (the reader) know where/when we are or a different kind of heading, something you feel appropriate. I imagine at this point some of you shouting ‘Prologue!’. 🙂

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 1 Oct

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 to 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. When tired doesn’t even begin to cover it…
  2. Appeal
  3. Return of the red-backed shrike
  4. Tatler shows us that cash is still king
  5. No.8 nanny to the super rich
  6. Delia
  7. Sun comes out for villages after 85 days of rain
  8. I’d rather she ate natural sugar than artificial sweeteners
  9. Isaac & Milton
  10. Can I trust unfamiliar travel agents?
  11. It’s important Mahrez understands now that everyone wants to stop him. He has to be very clever
  12. Photo of a dog, a cat and two Guinea pigs with the text: Winter warmer appeal
  13. A letter: Dear June, I know you like history. Thank you for everything. 2004
  14. Butterfly
  15. You can hurl insults as fashion, but ageism isn’t one of them

Word Count Wednesday 29 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Yesterday morning I was hoping for, yet not expecting, some words. It was deadline day and I was up against the proverbial. 9.08pm and I email the novel back to its author, leaving me just under three hours (I’ve become accustomed to going to bed the day after I get up) to do some writing.

Of course I haven’t been working solidly since the previous Wednesday but they roll around too quickly, despite me thinking I have masses of time the few days leading up to them. So here we are, at the latest one.

I’ve shelved – definitely only for now – the collaboration project until G and I work out a vague (more than we have now, not difficult) plan of where the novel’s going and he’s able to do the male half. Rather than return to any existing pieces I decided to start an idea that had popped into my brain at the weekend while walking my dog, as they do. The result being 1,045 words with an idea of where it’s going so that’s good.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 24 Sep

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 to 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. Employment: wanted: a teacher to save our school – must be able to handle the weather
  2. A girl’s world
  3. Children would call to us and pose for photos in exchange for a balloon
  4. Playing strong women is good therapy. I have to bash away the insecurity
  5. A photo of a little bird
  6. Capri
  7. Quote of the day: Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. Gore Vidal
  8. Coats with the most
  9. True colours
  10. Trial over sham marriage ‘conveyer belt’ collapses

Word Count Wednesday 22 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been bad (busy) again and have written a mere 323 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night, actually all Monday morning). Mornings are definitely best for me but it’s a bit of a juggle to find a chunk of time. My monologues are a good distraction. Hopefully I’ll get back to the collaborative project when non-work complications ease.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

For more information About Me as an Author, Mentor, Speaker and my Fiction, Non-fiction, and you can sign up to my Newsletter.