Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 23 Jul

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. The Queen’s birthday
  2. Stop biting off more than it can chew
  3. BLIMEY!
  4. A photo of an elephant near bushes, with the text: Which tree-dwelling carnivore is pining for the valleuys?
  5. FOOD: Gold-sprinkled haggis is ‘world’s most expensive’
  6. Fourth ‘mystery’ prisoner was not flown out to US
  7. Teaching Assistants – PA/Secretaries –  Examinations – Officers – Librarians – Office Managers
  8. The welfare of the recipient matters, not the soul of the donor
  9. Shear delight
  10. It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than be the head of a studio [or} network
  11. Now we can look into what happens to a woman after divorce and deceit
  12. Where do internet addicts go for help? Reboot camp
  13. At 5’7″ Rylance is not the first you’d think of to play a giant

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 16 Jul

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. Small act of kindness prairie voles ‘show empathy’ when friends suffer
  2. This is a critical year for the corporation with tough decisions
  3. Quote of the day: Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it is always the reasonable versus the jerks – JIMMY WALES
  4. Photo of a couple in wedding outfit, walking past tents on a square, with am umbrella above their head. Text: Al album to remember – A soon-to-be married couple get ready to pose yesterday, among protesters celebrating the one-year anniversary of the start of pro-democracy rallies calling in Hong Kong
  5. Trains leave football fans facing lots of extra time
  6. Syrians challenge legal claim to holy books taken from Damascus. By Daniel Estrin
  7. Take heed
  8. HUMAN RIGHTS: Atheists ‘are victims of hate campaigns’
  9. I’m not sure what Mum thought of the ‘Millennium Falcon’ I’ve stuck to the dashboard
  10. Airfares rise and fall with supply and demand

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 9 Jul

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. Westminster is world’s gayest parliament
  2. All in the balance
  3. The bigger day of the year in football now isn’t the Cup Final, it’s transfer deadline day
  4. ENERGY – Renewables industry is ‘about to drop off a cliff’
  5. THE 10 BEST… Winter coats
  6. Quote of the day – ;It’s a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young’ KONRAD LORENZ
  7. Show us your sequins
  8. Extreme lengths
  9. A photo of young Japanese women all dressed up in what looks like gala outfits, sitting in and boarding a train, with the text: A stop on life’s journey – Young Japanese women board a train after attending a ‘Coming of Age Day’ ceremony in Tokyo yesterday. The day celebrates young people who have become 20 years old – the minimum legal age in the country for voting, drinking and smoking. KIYOSHI OTAIEPA

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 2 Jul

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. Your opinion matters to us
  2. If my other half was off to dance 13 hours a day, I’d send his stuff in bin bags to Premier Inn
  3. Feeling Tired?
  4. A picture of a woman wearing a striped blouse and short, light skirt, holding her hands out as she’s posing, with the text: Women began to raise their hemlines before couture determined it was chic
  5. Quote of the day: ‘The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane’ NIKOLA TESLA (1934)
  6. Talk about ‘aspiration’ meaningless
  7. He knows he’s on the sidelines. he writes as an observer who cannot help being concerned
  8. The death of criticism, and other light-hearted notes from Milan’s shows
  9. Crime, revenge porn and domestic pain…
  10. ‘It is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end – so close to my goal’
  11. NHS staff will flee the country
  12. Chancellor acts gingerly

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 25 Jun

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. Your winter wardrobe is all wrapped up
  2. They fought a dictator, but now they’re at war with each other
  3. Casualties of the Somme
  4. Environment: York’s flooding failures were predicted a decade ago
  5. Why aren’t you wearing two poppies?
  6. An image of a man in a harness, with one arm ending with an impressive and dangerous drill, a cup on his belt, and spikes coming out of his head, with a nose ring, and medals on his chest, looking like a threatening warrior
  7. On British roads, this model could give you a bumpy ride
  8. Product placements: Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS collaborated with the ‘grand garden-themed’ film A Little Chaos to promote this year’s National Gardening Week
  9. With this ring, I am hoping to renew our vowels

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 18 Jun

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. Lives on the line – on track to stop railway suicides
  2. Show of force
  3. A picture of a potato head doll, with open eyes and grinning
  4. Quote of the day: ‘Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old’  – FRANZ KAFKA
  5. Wilson Sporting Goods – A Wilson volleyball gained cult status after becoming Tom Hanks’s companion in Castaway (right) – with a film shot of Tom Hanks on the island in Castaway
  6. Speeding up the search to save children’s lives
  7. Newsreaders should wear one for this year and one for next
  8. Health-related wearables tend to promise peace of mind but provide the exact opposite
  9. Being told to shut up five times a day was a character-forming part of childhood
  10. A hazy slice of Hollywood noir
  11. Tuesday style

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 11 Jun

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. Let there be more light!
  2. FLAME
  3. Off piste – Fire and rescue teams recover an Airbus A320 which went off the runway and ended up on the grass verge after landing at Birmingham Airport yesterday – JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE
  4. Quote of the day: ‘By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more’ – ALBERT CAMUS
  5. There’s no need to be scared of the bear
  6. SOME THINGS ARE BETTER
  7. Clear out? Or work out?
  8. Forma nd function in perfect harmony
  9. People are not respectful of old people. WE don’t need that attitude any more

Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 4 Jun

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. Crime: Scams that make you wish you were dealing with the taxman
  2. When ‘Sherlock’ showed nudity many parents were furious
  3. Russia helps Assad but it’s not the Cold War yet
  4. ‘A lot of our songs are quite escapist and weird’
  5. ‘As an Aberdonian, I’m scared to think of the city crumbling’
  6. Appropriate appropriation, or how to steal style and get away with it
  7. This service should be part of what we call in broadcasting the ‘public service remit’
  8. I think I always had this need to perform, and looking back I did like to make people laugh
  9. Blitz city left out
  10. Sex has given rise to every kind of comedy from the fnar-fnar of Carry Ons to the wordplay of Wilde
  11. Titter as much as you like at this saucy romcom
  12. Wicket witches of successful managers?
  13. A TASTEFUL AFFAIR
  14. Revealed: how aliens took root around the world