Writing Prompt: Getting Started

One of the hardest things to do with writing is to get started in the first place. I have ideas buzzing around my head all the time, but I always struggle with where to begin.

So, today, why not try writing for ten minutes starting with these lines:

1. The sun was beginning to set on the path down the mountain when Jonathan heard a cry from below.

2. Tilly spotted an empty seat at the bar and as she climbing onto it, she spotted a man’s wallet on the floor.

3. Smoke rose from the kitchen.

Well, have fun. See what you can come up with using these opening lines.


Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau

Love this

Sonnet 17

I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving
but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.

-Pablo Neruda

Quote for the day

 I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life… I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life… to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.  

– Henry David Thoreau

Writing Prompt: Six Degrees

Edinburgh is a village. No matter where I go, I run into either someone I know, or someone who knows someone I know. Although I sometimes like the familiarity of it all, sometime I miss the anonymity of a larger city, like London. When I lived there, I could go months or even years without seeing someone I knew by chance. Now, I can scarcely go a week.

I guess the point is, that I sometimes struggle to keep the people who occupy different circles in my life separate. The few times I have brought people together it has been fun, but the worry that people won’t have anything in common troubles me sometimes. I also worry about how to behave when people mix and mingle. I think most of us act differently with our friend than with our colleague, with family and with acquaintances.

Just for fun – try writing a scene where someone suddenly finds themselves with the following: a colleague, and ex, a friend, a family member and a stranger. What kind of trouble can you get your character into. To make it more interesting, Try writing the scene in pure dialogue  – play format.

Writing Prompt: Six Degrees

Writing Prompt: Horror

Have you ever tried to write a horror story? I’ve toyed with a few ideas in the past, but always gave up in favour of something I was more comfortable with. The funny thing is, I love horror stories. I love stories of Werewolves, Ghosts, Demons and Ghouls, but it has to be said, my absolute favourite type of horror story is reserved for the Vampire. The first horror film I ever saw was the original Bela Lugosi Dracula. I was a little girl, probably no more than five or six when something woke me a few hours into my bedtime. I wandered out into the hallway and stumbled upon my Mom and Dad watching a black and white film. It wasn’t the film itself that scared me, but the idea of something evil creeping into your house, through the window and hypnotizing you, making you go to it and offer up your blood. Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of vampire films and have loved the folklore and different possibilities that come from the legends.

So, I’m going to have a crack at it again.

Try this – seeing how it was Halloween this weekend, have a crack at writing an outline for a horror story. Any type at all you fancy. Me, I’m going for one with teeth..happy writing.

Writing Prompt: Horror

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