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Friday, 30 November 2012

Topic Task - Write a Picture.

I hope you had good fun with the first 'Write a Picture' topic task. I've picked another two images that I hope will once again inspire you to be creative.

1. This image was taken in London.
2. A pink rose in a country garden.

This is free writing. Poetry, short story or start of a novel. Whatever you choose to do make sure you remember all the senses and bring the writing alive on the page.

So go on, get writing.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Topic Task - Write a Picture.

This week we are starting a new theme for our Topic Tasks. They will be called: Writer a Picture.

Each week I'll be posting up a photo to get your creative juices flowing.
For our first week there are two photos to choose from.

Look closely at the image and describe what you see. Think about the aromas that might be lingering around and how they could enhance your piece of writing.
Write what comes to mind. Short story, poem, sketch or any other form of writing.

I'm hoping you won't lose yourself in this maze, but that it will have you fill your writing with twists and turns that lead to one final point.
Use all the senses to describe what your character may or may-not feel whilst they encounter the maze.

Please let me know how you get on. It is always good to get feedback.

So go on, get writing.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Topic Task - Week Fifty-Five

It has been a busy week. The day job was manic, but somehow everything got done. On the writing front, I have been blessed with some wonderful options, and I'm going to be taking them. It means lots of hard work but nothing good is easy.

The preparations for 'Get Writing 2013' are coming on nicely. I'll post more about it soon and of course when the tickets go on sale, I'll let you know.

So what is the topic task for this week?

Photo prompts.

Take a look at the images and try writing something for each.
You could think about aiming to write a piece of poetry for each picture or a non-fiction article simulated by what you see. Of course they could each evoke different feelings which will in itself will guide your writing.

Have a go and play with what you see and the emotions they conjure up for you.
Whatever you write remember to use all your senses to engage with your reader. Once complete think about where might market your work.


Above all have fun with it.

So go on, get writing

Please let me know if you would like more images as prompts.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Topic Task - Week Fifty-Four

Still no feed back on the children's manuscript, getting quite nervous now. On the positive side the manuscript I'm currently reading/editing is okay, well, good actually. At least I like it. I just hope that when it's read the readers will like it too.

I hope the starting sentences last week stimulated your writing and that you got some good material out of it. Don't forget to drop me a line to let me know how your writing is going. I always love to hear from you.

This weeks topic task is to write a 15/20 minute stage play. You will need to research your market. Find out how to set out a script  and all the whistles and bells you will need. Lighting, special effects and anything else to help your characters.

You'll need to get your scenario worked out, characters developed and think about why these people are together and how that will effect the direction of your story. Once you've completed it, why not change the genre. If it is serious make it comedic, play with the scenario and see what works best. Now comes the harder part, find an outlet for your work. Why not try a local amateur theatre group take a look, they might be interested, or set up a showcase with your writing circle. It is great to see your work come to life on stage and hear the appreciation of a real audience.

So what are you waiting for, get writing.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Topic Task - Week Fifty-Three

One of my children's manuscripts is now out being read by my reading friend. I'll get good feed back and find out if the story makes sense. I've been doing a lot of editing I'm just hoping I've not chopped out something that is essential. I find this time both exciting and frightening - it's the waiting and the fear of finding out what they really think. Perhaps this time next week I'll know.

If you weren't aware, I'm going to be involved in the 'Get Writing 2013' which will be held on 20th April 2013. Keep a look out for details on twitter @getwriting2013 or here for an update. It's shaping up to be another brilliant conference.

I had a wonderful day out in London on Monday - lovely company, food and conversation. I've been made to look at where I want to be and think about where my writing passion lies. This wasn't an easy task, but I have followed my heart and gone with what makes me really tick.

So what have I got for your topic task this week?

Writing scenes with animals is quite difficult. You need to capture the animals character and how it interacts with its surroundings and maybe other animals or humans. What your animal is and what characteristics you give it is completely up to you. Write your story from one of the genres below.

1. Children's
2. Horror
3. Thriller
4. Historical Fiction

Good luck with this. Go on, get writing.