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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 31 May 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my six online courses… currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in paperbacks!

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 879: Tuesday 31st May

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page).

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.

879 pumpkin-cage 942697Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: tunnel, condom, whale, lovely, week
  2. Random: preparing an allotment
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: A Familiar Face

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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!

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Story Writing Exercises 883: Tuesday 31st May

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using coupon codes)!

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Avoid this plotting pitfall when writing drafts at speed

Some great tips… and another reason why I should bring Ray Donovan to the top of the ‘to be watched’ pile.

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel - pitfall of writing at speedHusband Dave and I have recently been watching the Showtime series Ray Donovan. And sometimes, we’re finding the storytelling is rather uneven.

Interesting developments pop up that seem to promise a new and unexpected direction for the plot. Instead, though, they’re defused and then the main story trots along again, pretty much unaffected.

Here’s an example. Ray is a hired troubleshooter for the rich and famous, and has a few skeletons in the closet. In the first season he’s pursued by an FBI agent of formidable reputation; we’re told he always gets his man. This seems to be setting up a potent adversary. But then the writers then did their best to hustle him out of the story.

First they made him into a figure of fun by spiking his coffee with LSD. Then he’s shot by one of the characters. It’s clear the writers didn’t want to let…

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Posted by on May 30, 2016 in writing

 

Crimefest 2016 – observations and highlights

One of the major crime events of the year and I’ve not got it yet… maybe 2017. Nope, definitely 2017. For sure. Absolutely.

Vicky Newham

I got two wonderful reflection opportunities over the weekend: one thanks to a banshee-awful, cackling hen group on my Travelodge corridor on Saturday night, the other on the drive home from Bristol yesterday. Each year I feel different about aspects of my own writing and the Crimefest event varies too, depending on who’s there, but one constant is the friendliness and inclusivity of everyone involved.

Rather than a review of panels, I thought I’d share my observations and highlights.

It hasn’t all been done

In such a huge, competitive market, and with a lot of similar books, it’s wonderful to see fresh ideas, settings and concepts swim to the surface of the publishing pond. Not only does this broaden the scope of the genre, it invigorates it and introduces new sub-genres. Just as society is constantly changing, so is fiction. To me, anyone who says it’s all been done, and…

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**Blog Tour** When The Killing Starts – RC Bridgestock

A great review with RC Bridgestock… a couple I was fortunate to meet a couple of years ago at the great Crime & Publishment event in Scotland each March. And I owe them a couple of reviews!

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When I was contacted by Carol to ask if I would be interested in taking part in the blog tour for their seventh book in the Jack Dylan series I said yes, of course – why? Well to be honest although I had read the first book; Deadly Focus I hadn’t kept up to date – the reason for my interest was the fact they’d been consultants on one of the few TV programmes I watch – Happy Valley and I was keen to know more, and fortunately as well as providing some fascinating background to how Jack Dylan came about Bob and Carol kindly included some information on that for me too.

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Fact to Fiction
Retirement is just a word….
Taking off the mask of the detective, which had been part of every day life for many years proved more difficult than we thought after leaving the police force…

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 30 May 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my six online courses… currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in paperbacks!

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 878: Monday 30th May

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page).

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.

878 priority 942724Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: before, tomato, used, tonne, rotting
  2. Random: not wearing lipstick
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about aging too quickly

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!

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Story Writing Exercises 882: Monday 30th May

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using coupon codes)!

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 27 May 2016

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript,
do take a look at 
my six online courses… currently half price (coupon codes on the online courses page)
or my 
Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in paperbacks!

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 877: Friday 27th May

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in paperbacks!! ***.

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.

877 priest 648897Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: understand, advanced, intermediate, never, twice
  2. Random: a girl thing
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: told

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!

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Story Writing Exercises 881: Friday 27th May

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using coupon codes)!

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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