Writing Prompt:The Hardest Word

Apparently, the word most people find hardest to say to someone is "NO". I'm not sure I agree with this, but it's an interesting idea. Personally, there are about a dozen words I find harder. I find telling someone they're wrong harder than refusing them something. If you had to pick one word that you... Continue Reading →

The Playing Field – A Short Story

The field stretched out four acres behind the schoolhouse. Two long rows of evergreens spanned from one end of the field to the other, creating a sense of protective separation from the school grounds and the outside world. It had been snowing incessantly for three days so that the grounds were white. The tree branches,... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Voice and Music

Have you ever thought about how everyone's voice is unique, like a signature? Each voice also has a different effect on each person that hears it. What some people find attractive, others might find grating. There are some people's voices that are warm and familiar to me. Family generally feels soothing. My mother's voice stirs... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Touch

When writing, people often overlook how something feels to the touch, paying most attention to sounds (dialogue) and appearances (description/characterisation). Look around, there are hundreds of textures all around you. As I sit here, I can spot some of my favourites. Titch is sitting on the arm of the sofa next to me, every so... Continue Reading →

Quote for the Day

It's tougher than Himalayan yak jerky in January. But, as any creative person will tell you, there are days when there's absolutely nothing sweeter than creating something from nothing. - Richard Krzemien

Writing Prompt: Other People’s Stories

Stories are all around us. We tell each other about our weekend adventures in the coffee room at work, our parents and grandparents tell us about their lives, our friends swap stories every time we meet. There is treasure of life experiences we all share all around us. Anecdotes are a great source of inspiration.... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Anger Actually

People react to anger in different ways.¬† Some people yell, others sulk, some throw things, others shut down. If I'm honest, I'm a slow burner. It takes a while to get me angry, but when I get there, everyone stand back. I don't throw anything, but I stomp about swearing. Not very lady-like, I know,... Continue Reading →

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