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Morgen’s Email Critique Group

Hello. I know that writers, myself included, need – and appreciate – feedback on our work. By that I don’t mean “Oh yes, that’s great” – although that would be good too. We need to be told where we’re going wrong. I am a freelance editor so it’s my day job to do that but I thought I’d start this critique group so that you could also get feedback from other writers.

The idea is that you submit your writing (max. 2,000 words per submission*) – whenever you like – and I will collate them and send them on to others in the group for them to return to me within two weeks, although the sooner the better) so that I can return it to the original author.

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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in critique, ideas, novels, short stories, writing

 

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My ‘5pm Fictions Collection’ (250 stories) is free today… for the last time!

This is the full collection of five volumes (250 stories) written one a day, and is free today, Saturday 31st March.

The stories in these collections vary in length, point of view (first, second and third) and genre.

Volume 1: Here there are family heirlooms, thefts, murders, kidnapping, Chelsea buns, and alien hums. We meet mothers, strange little girls, characters looking to improve themselves, and several cold feet.

Volume 2: There are criminals, victims, revenge, men in uniform, luck and misfortune, sharp edges, sticky red hands, no faded circle of skin. We meet a generous aunt, a fan of Hawaiian shirts, a modern-day Cleopatra, and a young girl with wings.

Volume 3: Here we have neighbourhood watch, chalk and fromage, a picture on a mantelpiece, , a whooshing sound. We meet a daddy’s girl, a cry baby, Dad’s Army, a borrowed dog, an African grey parrot, amateur actors, and others who don’t listen, are doing their best, feel stupid, or should have knocked.

Volume 4: Here we have young and old love, spirited and strained relationships, local and exotic locations, and those who love or loathe shopping, circuses and those who think their life is a circus. We meet a disillusioned artist, an eight-foot tall blue alien, untidy teenagers, a fortune teller, and several dogs and dead (human) bodies.

Volume 5: Here we have a passion wagon, a full moon, police escorts, tugged hearts and curved smiles. We meet a variety of dogs (including borrowed and best in show), a ghost from a half-empty bed, an American werewolf in London, a contented tree, and spouses with revenge on their mind.

Download this for free today from http://mybook.to/5pmFictionCollection (this link leads to the Amazon store in your country) and you can see the writing prompts that inspired these collections at can see the writing prompts that inspired this collection at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/my-writing/short-stories/5pm-fiction.

Below is one of the stories from this collection (my favourite):

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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in ebooks, ideas, short stories, writing

 

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NEW: Morgen’s Monday Mentorship!

Are you stuck on your story, novel, poem or non-fiction piece and want expert help?

On 19th March 2018, I created a mentorship group on Facebook offering a dedicated two-hour Q&A where you can pick my brains, with the opportunity for group chat the rest of the week.

It’s a subscription-only closed group with a one-off £20 / US$20 / AS$20 / €20 fee (via PayPal (to morgen@morgenbailey.com) fee. This includes a free full edit on up to 2,000 words (see Editing and Critique) which you can send me at any time (after you’ve subscribed of course).

Once you have paid the one-off fee, go to the group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/morgensmondaymentorship) and ask to join and I will add you.

Every Monday* evening (7.30pm to 9.30pm UK time), I will be your mentor for a two-hour live session when you can ask me anything you like about writing!

Of course it doesn’t stop you asking questions at other times (by creating a new comment) but it won’t be live so you may have to wait for answers. I will keep an eye on the thread and post at least one reply to each comment before the following Monday.

The sooner you subscribe, the more mentorship you receive within the group! I do offer one-to-one email mentorship but there is an extra fee (see the Editing and Critique page).

*There will be occasions when I’m unable to be at my desk on a Monday evening, e.g. when I’m booked to do a ‘real’ talk but I will be available the day before or day after (i.e. the Sunday or Tuesday) at the same time, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

 

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Morgen’s March’s free 100-word competition is now open!

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title) and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

Hello everyone. Yes, February’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced on (or before) Friday 9th March. The theme for March is ‘superstitious’ which you can now submit and any time during until Saturday 31st March (midnight UK time).

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Morgen reading her ‘Waiting for the Number 12’

In case you’ve not seen it before, I thought you might enjoy this (me reading one of my favourite stories)…

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in short stories, YouTube

 

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