Writing Prompt: Your Story

Everyone has a story. Several, in fact. We, some of us, think that our stories are not unique or interesting enough to write about, but you'd be surprised at how much each of us has to say. Start listing key events in your life, large and small. From there, start filling in the detail. Try... 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: Broken

Things break all the time. Some intentionally, like eggs or piggy banks. Others are accidents, like dropping something on your iPhone or shattering a glass while washing up. Sometime things get broken without anyone even realising, like promises, hearts or relationships. Draft a story around the concept of something broken. What happened, who was involved... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: How to…

You'd be surprised how hard it is to describe how to do something in a clear and logical manner and still keep it interesting. Some of the best books I've read have combined "How to" with narrative that teaches you something and also tells a story. For instance, "Like Water For Chocolate" by Laura Esquivl,... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: The Wrong Door

Have you ever walked into the wrong room by mistake or got off on the wrong floor in a hotel or office building? Have you ever got on the wrong train? A few years ago, I ran to catch a connecting flight from New York to San Francisco. I barely made it. As I settled... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Magical Creatures

Although it is not the genre I usually gravitate towards, I’ve always been a fan of fantasy. Whether it’s the horror of Dracula or the adventures of Frodo Baggins, I have a place in my heart for things and characters created from our imaginations that break all the rules of what we accept as reality.... Continue Reading →

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