Monthly Archives: November 2015

Monday Exercise: 30th November 2015

Grumpy cat MondaysThis is a new one! It’s Monday morning, and to get you in the writing mood for the week ahead, here’s a writing exercise for you to try.

This week, write a haiku. This is a short poem, arranged in a 5-7-5 syllable format, and is usually non-rhyming and focusing on some transient aspect of nature or life.

My life, –
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.

– Masaoka Shiki

That does make it sound quite serious…it doesn’t have to be!

Over-ripe sushi,
The Master
Is full of regret.

– Yosa Buson

Find more examples at Famous Haiku.

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December 2015 meeting

There won’t be an official SFW meeting this month. Instead, we’re joining in with the “Thank God It’s Over Party” for the Swindon NaNoWriMo region!

When: Saturday 5 December, 17:30 – 19:30
Where: StoweAway Community Centre, Staldon Road, East Wichel, Swindon, SN1 7AG (map)
Where we all join up after the madness is ended to congratulate each other on surviving the month! We celebrate and commiserate and share horror stories and successes. Bring snacks and drinks — for once, no need for laptops! There will also be board games, so bring your favourite along.
Find more information on the Swindon Regional Forum.

Wednesday Writing: 18th November 2015

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is a phrase: “For fek’s sake, get that cherub out of here!”

Monday Exercise: 16th November 2015

Grumpy cat MondayThis is a new one! It’s Monday morning, and to get you in the writing mood for the week ahead, here’s a writing exercise for you to try.

This week, I want you to issue a challenge. Any setting, any time period, any characters; but one character needs to invite the other to a fight, in as insulting or as cordial a way as you deem fit. Gauntlets are traditional, scented notepaper and texts are unique, and sending a small Fairy with the message usually ends badly. Go!

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Wednesday Writing: 11th November 2015

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is an image of the poppies at the Tower of London.

Poppies at the Tower of London
Image from Massimo Crisafi / GuardianWitness.

Monday Exercise: 9th November 2015

Grumpy cat MondaysThis is a new one! It’s Monday morning, and to get you in the writing mood for the week ahead, here’s a writing exercise for you to try.

This week, try writing a short piece (less than 500 words) from the perspective of a three-year old child on a situation that you’ve just encountered in your real life. It could be a boring conversation, buying a sandwich, stepping over a puddle, seeing three red cars in a row…the world is exciting, boring, terrifying and strange when you’re three!

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Saturday 7th November – change of location

We’re joining in with NaNoWriMo this month, so we won’t be in Brogans. We’ll be at Swindon Central Library (Regent Circus, SN1 1QG) from 12 – 3.30.

Even if you’re not participating in NaNo, do come along for some focused
writing time, alongside discussions about which of your characters to hit
with a shovel…

Here’s what NaNoWriMo says:

“Write-ins! The best kind of meet-up in November. Here, you’ll get to
write your novel alongside other Wrimos, discuss how the event is going so
far, and share and receive advice and tips for the month. Coffee, cake,
and other refreshments are available for purchase from the café.

We meet around the back of the café. We’ll have a poster up — and we’ll
be the crowd with laptops and notebooks!”

Wednesday Writing: 4th November 2015

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is a phrase: “When people think of star-crossed lovers, I don’t think we were quite what they expected.