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Friday, 30 December 2011

Topic Task - Week Nine

There is only one thought for this weeks topic task and that is: One drink too many.
Perhaps you could think about the down side of the subject, and then the comedic. Why not try writing both? Which works best for you? What scenes could you develop from this prompt? Could you include it in your current work? Would it make a good start to a novel? Maybe it is the end scene, but whatever you produce do try to find a good home for it.

So Happy New Year and a fantastic start to your writing development.

So, Get Writing.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Preparations for a New Year of writing.

So what should you be doing now to get ready for a new year of writing? What should your preparations be? To be honest, I start with clearing out the dross, you know the stuff you've been keeping 'just in case' you can squeeze it in somewhere. Be honest with yourself, is it really that important - really? If it was, surely you'd have it in there already, so, dump it. Then I'd look at the various folders and files full of ideas, we all have them, the ones that we may one day. The ones that you'll write up into the most amazing piece of writing - but will you? Be strict with yourself. How long have you had the idea, six months or has it been hanging around for six years. Is it really such a good idea? Or was it just a whim.
Then look at your current work and see what you can do to tidy and clean up that. And finally make sure you have a couple of reams of printing paper, ink for the printer, that your desk is clean and tidy and a new note book to make your 2012 notes.
Have a great New Year and make 2012 your year for publication.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Topic Task - Week Eight

Right, I've been thinking about a challenge I could give you to work on over the festive period. I've decided to give you a scenario and you can work around it, pick bits out of it to use to create your own story.

1. Scenario:
All the Christmas gifts have been handed out. Only one of the characters has been having an affair and has just realised that if they don't get the gifts back, and swapped before the recipients open them life will hell. Who is having the affair and the out come is yours, only remember this is Christmas, there may be more than three people you need to think about. Remember to draw your characters clearly, think dialogue and remember all the senses. 

2. Scenario:
When you live in the country, your car has broken down, two miles from the nearest house and Mummy is ill and not responding, how do you get help? No you can't phone as there is no mobile signal, and you are alone with your younger brother and sister. What you do with this is up to you. I see it as either a short story or the opening of a children's piece. Make sure you use all the senses and how about trying to do it from the child's point of view.

I hope you are inspired by these topics and develop a good piece of writing.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I hope you get time to write and if you do, please remember to let me know if your writing is improving with the help of these prompts.

Go one, get writing.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Topic Task - Week Seven

Where does the time go? I'm chasing my tail at the moment, so once again apologies  for the delay in posting. I'm hoping that you are all more organised than me and you have already sorted out your festive season. I fear that I'll not be ready until Boxing Day!

1. "Brightwood! You did removed the feathers, didn't you?"
This piece of speech can be used as stimulation for a short story, play or just encourage your imagination to conjure up an interesting piece of writing.

2. Foot spa - wrong glasses - used/new tissue
Hopefully one of these three will get you writing. You can use, one, two or all three to get you started. How, when or where you set it is up to you.

Don't forget to research your market. Think of the target audience and most of all - enjoy writing. 

Now I'm off to make some mince pies.  Last weeks attempt was, well lets say - charcholed offerings. I was so busy doing something else, I left them in for an HOUR!!

Go on, get writing.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Topic Task - Week Six

Okay, it is Friday and this is 'Topic Task' time.

The weather has made a turn for the worse. Rain, high and bitter winds. As you are writing this week, I would like you to think about how the weather will effect your characters. Does it make them behave in irrational ways, do they take the challenges that come their way with good spirit? Or are they a complete mess and unable to cope?

1. Taking the ski pole in hand...
Write a short story using this prompt to simulate your ideas.

2. Icicle - Bikini - White kitten. 
Use one, two or all three of these words to inspire your writing. You could create a poem or short story, however, you might like to try your hand at writing a short play or flash fiction piece.

So that is it for this week. Make of them as you will and remember get writing.

And drop me a line if you create a masterpiece you want to share.


Friday, 2 December 2011

Topic Task - week five

Sorry, was busy making Christmas cake and mincemeat and time has run away with me.

This weeks topics are themed around the season.

 A living Christmas tree.
Try your hand at a piece of Christmas poetry. Perhaps have a go at Haiku, free form or rhyming - alternatively do the lot. However if poetry isn't your thing, a short story will do.

Break down - Secret - Blizzard.
I hope these three words will inspire you to write. Once you've completed this task, find a market for your work and submit.

Right I'm off to do my own editing.

Get Writing.