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Friday, 24 February 2012

Topic Task - Week Seventeen

Gosh, it is already Friday! What happened to the week?

After last weeks Topic Task I'm sure you are creating stronger more believable characters and that your stories are healthier for it. This week I'm just going to give you five little words/objects. All of them have to be included in one piece of creative writing. What you create is up to you, but you have to include these words/objects in your work.

So here they are: Creak - Shuffle - Armpit - Traffic-light - Beetroot. 

Now what can you create with that?

Go on give it a go, get writing.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Topic Task - Week Sixteen

We are at week sixteen. I hope you've been inspired by some, if not all of these writing prompts. This week we are looking at characterisation. To help you I've decided to give you a basic start to developing a character.


1. Male and 14 years old.
2. Female and 23 years old.
3. Male and 49 years old.
4. Female and 75 years old.

Now you have to make them live. Think about how they might live, walk, speak. Are they happy, sad or don't give a damn? What might they do if they found themselves in a spot of bother? Would they help if they found someone in trouble, or would they walk away or worse film it on their mobile for posting on the internet?

Okay, you've created your characters. What are you going to do with them? I suggest you select one or two and write a short story that shows all their characteristics and how they interact with each other. And why not try to mix and match your characters to create different stories.

At the end of your endeavours have a look back at your work and ask yourself: Are these characters believable and could I sell this work? If the answer to these questions is yes, then send them out and see if you can get them published. Remember to use the Writers' and Artists' Year Book to help you.

So, off you go and get writing.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Topic Task - Week Fifteen

I hope the snow hasn't frozen your creativity and you are busy developing your writing skills and producing work that excites you. Don’t forget to let me know if you find an outlet for your writing. It would be great to create ‘Success’ posts. If you want your achievements mentioned leave me a message and let me know.

Today’s Topic Task is opening lines. You need to use one of the lines below as the opening of your work and see where it takes you.

1.     1.  The cracking sound terrified me. At first I didn’t know where it came from and then I looked down.
2.     2.    The ice formed a crystal forest etched inside the window.
3.     3Sitting naked on the frozen slide didn’t have the effect I had imagined!

Now choose one and allow your creativity to flow. Of course if you would like to attempt all three then feel free. See where they take you.

So, go on – Get Writing. 

Friday, 3 February 2012

Topic Task - Week Fourteen

These weeks are flying past so fast, I blink once and a day has gone. I'm not complaining - I love it and I'm hoping that it will continue this way. Being busy is great and even better now that the writing is slowly falling back into line - I'm getting creative and loving it.

The topic task for week fourteen is based around one word - Disinterested. I'm sure you've already got some ideas buzzing around your heads, but if not these ideas might trigger something for you.

1. A disinterested parent.
2. A disinterested lover.
3. A disinterested teenager/child.

Obviously there are many other ways to look at this, it is up to you to decide how you use it and how you create your work. Try writing it as a short story, a poem or even think about a short play. Remember to use all your skills to draw a scene that lives in the readers mind.

So go on, get writing.