Writing Prompt: Family History

Everybody has a story. When we're growing up, many of us hear stories about where our families came from, anecdotes about our parents and grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. We hear tales about how people met and got married, about the black sheep in the family and about incidents that help either forge... Continue Reading →

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: 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 →

Is there anybody out there?

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 →

Quote for the day

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. - Gustave Flaubert

Writing Prompt: Speed Dating

Ok - you're in a room with a dozen strangers and you have to work out if the chemistry is right (business or personal) in 10 minutes. Can you imagine how much fun you can have when you have two people with a finite amount to make an impression? Set the scene, create descriptions and... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Sunrise

There have been few bright days this winter. There has been snow, rain, fog, drizzle and general dim light over the past three months. For a sun worshiper like me, it's torture waiting for the Spring. However, this morning, I looked out the window and saw broken cloud and bright light coming over the horizon.... 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 →

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