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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 4 September 2015

*** If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers! ***

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 (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 687: Friday 4th September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

687 Kindle 862282Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: knitting, morning, layer, four, whole
  2. Random: a limited imagination
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: delivery

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 691: Friday 4th September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers!

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 3 September 2015

*** If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers! ***

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 (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 686: Thursday 3rd September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

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

  1. Keywords: quick, surprises, stupefy, twin, twitch
  2. Random: a tough stain
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: In Your Eyes

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 690: Thursday 3rd September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers!

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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in writing, ideas, poetry, short stories

 

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Book review – for readers and writers – no.128: Morgen Bailey reviews Flights of Nancy by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Today’s book review of a single (5,000-word) short story is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

Flights of Nancy by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Flights of NancySynopsis: What if you knew exactly when Mr. Right was going to show up? Nancy does. And, after years of waiting (im)patiently, the great day has finally arrived. And so has he. He’s not exactly what she was expecting …

This 5,000-word short story is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FIOQXTK and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIOQXTK.

Review (via my Kindle’s text-to-speech function)

Just for a change, I’ve picked a short story and from the off, the tone is nicely chatty. Nancy is in a predicament that many could relate to, and I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters. Although Nancy’s name is in the title, it is also mentioned fairly early on, which is good because the story is told in first person point of view so it is often difficult to get in the main character’s name.

Despite David supposedly being the man of her dreams, Nancy is understandably very wary, at times a little over fussy and analytical, but it was an interesting process her getting to know somebody she is apparently destined to be with and the antics they get up to.

When the ending was revealed, I went back to the beginning day in the cafe thinking I may have missed something but I didn’t. If there is going to be a twist at the end, there should be a clue at the beginning. Also when the reveal about David happened, I had no sense of why they wouldn’t get together for that reason. Again there should be one or two clues.

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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in critique, ebooks, review, short stories, tips, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 2 September 2015

*** If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers! ***

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 (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 685: Wednesday 2nd September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

685 justice 93433Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: flatter, flatten, killing, man, might
  2. Random: needing to find out why
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: With a unique…

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 689: Wednesday 2nd September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers!

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 1 September 2015

*** If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers! ***

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 (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 684: Tuesday 1st September

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

684 introduction 893227Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: obvious, personality, getting, dread, Sean
  2. Random: not as clear
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Dining With Her

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 688: Tuesday 1st September

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers!

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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 31 August 2015

*** If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers! ***

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 (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 683: Monday 31st August

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

683 inflatable ringBelow are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: ultra, truth, life, known, many
  2. Random: thinks someone else is an idiot
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – someone has just revealed their sexuality

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 687: Monday 31st August

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently with half-price vouchers!

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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in ideas, poetry, short stories, writing

 

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