Final Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 29 Oct

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week. I have been posting these for many months but sadly this will be the last one. It is, like my 100-word competition at the end of the year, making way for me to have more time for writing. I hope you have found these prompts useful and have had some success if you’ve submitted something from them. You can still find many prompts in my five Writer’s Block Workbooks, available – as the saying goes – where all good books are sold.

My lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent will still be posting my #WordCountWednesday 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. Society: Life’s tough when you’re sad, lonely and super rich
  2. Live
  3. Finland: New ‘national emojis’ to feature sweaty saunas
  4. Solitary confinement above a picture of newspapers, with underneath: California paves way for vital reform
  5. I just want to live in the world peacefully, in any country where I can get freedom
  6. Amazing grace – even more amazing strength
  7. Two-finger gesture
  8. United States: Rift deepens over ‘world’s most expensive gas station’
  9. I would prefer to receive a misspelt, rushed text with a panicked emoticon
  10. Quote of the day: ‘Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.’ George Bernhard Shaw
  11. School treats ‘pupils like prisoners’
  12. Let’s get back to basics. Who needs to learn when you can do everything with lists?

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

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

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’

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

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