Monthly Archives: January 2016

Monday Exercise: 18th January 2016

Grumpy Cat bedIt’s Monday morning, and to get you in the writing mood for the week ahead, here’s a writing exercise for you to try.

Today, write a newpaper or Craigslist advert selling a dragon.

And if you fancy a challenge, it’s a dragon who, uh, has a slight…problem. Not a major one, oh no no no! It’s just that he’s a little, well…

Incontinent? Allergic to humans? Sarcastic? Too fond of your fire tongs? Has unfortunately roasted three of the neighbour’s cats, nine squirrels and four pigeons? Is just simply getting too big for your living room?

Have fun!

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Wednesday Writing: 13th January 2016

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 based on the date. What’s your worst nightmare? What’s your Boggart? What’s your run-away-screaming moment?

Zombies? Spiders? Ghosts? Faint clanks in the night, a footstep when you don’t expect it? A knife-wielding killer at the worst possible moment? Or something more subtle?

Wednesday Writing: 6th January 2016

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 question: what’s the cat, curled asleep on your lap, dreaming about as his paws twitch and his tail flicks?

Monday Exercise: 4th January 2016

Grumpy CatIt’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 work on your voice.

Speak sharply. Briskly. Abruptly. Give orders, man! Tell those words what to do, don’t take any nonsense! And then slow down…sound me something senuous and sybillant, or try softly humming a gentle melody that lingers in your heart. Give the words a flow and a shape, a curve and a style.

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