Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Six – Once Upon A Time

For however long the lockdown continues (in the UK at least), I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Six – Once Upon A Time

Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Five – Dialogue

For however long the lockdown continues (in the UK at least), I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Five – Dialogue

Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Three – Three Questions

For however long the lockdown continues, I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it to your own website with… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Three – Three Questions

Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Two – Drabble Fiction

For however long the lockdown continues (in the UK at least), I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Two – Drabble Fiction

Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week One – Short-Story Tennis

I think we can all agree that these days we need things in our lives to keep us going. Things to fill great swathes of time that we now have on our hands. With that in mind, I think now would be a really good time for us to share writing exercises and prompts that… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week One – Short-Story Tennis

Short Stories

After Ever After

Introduction For Christmas 2018, I asked my family to name their favourite fairy tale or Disney film, and from their answers I wrote a short story for each of them looking at what happened after “Happily Ever After” had been uttered. Well, I did for the stories based on my parents’ choices. The one for… Continue reading After Ever After

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That’ll Do For A First Draft

As a writer, I want each word I put down on paper to have meaning and purpose. I want each one of them to make readers feel and think and yearn to read on. As such, there is one particular phrase that makes me cringe: “That’ll do for now.” “No!” I want to say in… Continue reading That’ll Do For A First Draft

Turning Ideas Into Words

The Name Game: Characters

Last week I was looking at the process of naming places in your fictional world. If you missed that post, you can find it here. This week, I’ll be looking at naming characters. I have mentioned before that I really enjoy the process of naming things for whichever project I am working on. Giving someone… Continue reading The Name Game: Characters

Turning Ideas Into Words

The Name Game: Places

It seems quite appropriate to be looking at naming fictional places this week, as I have just spent some time over the last few days re-naming one of the places in my current Work In Progress (more on that later). First of all, apologies for the August hiatus. I would like to say this was… Continue reading The Name Game: Places

Turning Ideas Into Words

Creative Discipline

Creative Discipline: “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” – Anne Tyler. I am constantly confronted with this dilemma...