People love crime novels. All you have to do is look at the best seller list in any book store and the dedicated crime sections in bookshops to see that. One of the things that has always fascinated me about crime writer is how they work out what is plausible to give their story credibility,... Continue Reading →
In keeping with our spooky Halloween theme, I've been thinking of different horror films and stories I seen/read throughout the years. There is really a long list of things that can frighten us and exploring fear can be interesting. I'm not particularly afraid of many things, my fears are generally rational, but there have been... Continue Reading →
When I was a kid, I loved stories about magical creatures. Stories of dragons, hippogriffs, centaurs and unicorns fascinated me. One of my favourite stories was "The Last Unicorn". Write about a magical creature. What if you came across one in the woods? Have fun, let your imagination go wild.
Happy St. Patrick's Day. For today's writing prompt, try writing about something festive. How about writing a story about five friends that get separated during a St. Patrick's Day parade. What adventure does each of them have in trying to find each other?
When I was little, one of my favourite treats when going to an amusement park with my parent s was to get a balloon. It made it hard to go on rides and of course. Mom or Dad would have to mind it for me while I enjoyed the carousel. Once I got it home,... Continue Reading →
For a short word, it brings out all sorts of images. A crash can be several things. A crash diet, extreme, fast, urgent, determined, sometime desperate. A alcohol, drug or sugar crash - to be high one minute and to reach the earth, violently with a thud. Destructive and often painful, whether it's your mood... Continue Reading →
When I was young, at the age when every action and word of your peers has the weight and importance more damaging than the shifting of continents, I had a friend who passed me over. For the two years prior to my banishment, we had been inseparable. Although we were in different classes throughout the day,... Continue Reading →
Sometimes the best stories start with something simple. An observation of an ordinary thing, whether it is someone sitting on a park bench reading a book or a honey bee landing on a flower. Someone walks their dog by the water of Leith and out of nowhere, something extraordinary can happen. Maybe just for fun... Continue Reading →
I was thinking just now about what it would be like to get stuck in quicksand (some jobs and relationships must be like this...) Can you imagine the thoughts going through one's head? First, there is denial, the though that this can't be happening to you. Logic would then take over and you would try... Continue Reading →
One of a writer's fears is that there is no audience, that your words and efforts will never reach anyone. It does raise the question; are you writing for an audience or are you writing for yourself? In the 600+ post I've left here, I've never asked for a comment, but I'm asking now. Why... Continue Reading →