Writing Prompt:Burying the Body

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 →

Writing Prompt: Redrum!

As a tribute to the new Hitchcock film and the fact that I'm currently watching "Vertigo" with two of my all-time favourite actors (Kim Novak and James Stewart), I'd like to challenge you to write a simple murder plot.  I'll try to give you some tools to proceed.... have fun and be adventurous. Motives: revenge, money,... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Magical Creatures

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.

Writing Prompt: The Parade

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?

Writing Prompt: The Balloon

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 →

Writing Prompt: C is for Crash

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 →

Writing Prompt: B is for Banishment

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 →

Writing Prompt: The Cat Sat on the Mat

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 →

Writing Prompt: Quicksand

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 →

Writing Prompt: STUCK

Have you ever been stuck? Stuck in the mud, stuck in a lift, stuck on a decision, stuck in the middle, stuck on a train? I've had all of the above (currently on the last one). So, write a situation where one or more people are stuck somewhere. How does their situation come about and... Continue Reading →

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