Monthly Archives: April 2013

Story Writing Exercises 086: Tuesday 30th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: mountain, opera, horse, printer, legs
  2. Random: Re-write any one of the above using dialogue only
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Symphony

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Story Writing Exercises 085: Monday 29th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: impervious, position, check, burn, quick
  2. Random: S/he has no belongings of any kind
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is waiting for test results

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Story Writing Exercises 084: Friday 26th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: slay, sleigh, haul, all, genuine
  2. Random: S/he fancies her/his electrician
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: today

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Story Writing Exercises 083: Thursday 25th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: power, surprise, take, new, Paris
  2. Random: S/he’s just been jilted at the altar
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: teacher (character 1), florist (ch.2), mobile phone (object), street (location), one leg slightly shorter than the other (trait), hiccups (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 082: Wednesday 24th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: negative, tap, review, say, mean, warranty
  2. Random: He’s treated like a dogsbody
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: He/her rested his/her fingers on…

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Story Writing Exercises 081: Tuesday 23rd April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: tide, struck, shift, sell, dominate
  2. Random: S/he’s throwing stones up at a window
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Never say never

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Story Writing Exercises 080: Monday 22nd April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: impervious, position, check, burn, quick
  2. Random: His/her partner’s a clone of his/her mother/father
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is about to propose

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Story Writing Exercises 079: Friday 19th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: laugh, skip, step, growl, light
  2. Random: S/he’s obsessed with the colour yellow…
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: seat

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Story Writing Exercises 078: Thursday 18th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: determined, ostentatious, notorious, alert, clock
  2. Random:S/he’s wearing head/earphones to avoid…
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: student (character 1), pilot (ch.2), bunch of primroses (object), café (location), stutter (trait), can’t speak each others’ language (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 077: Wednesday 17th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: pale, dust, glass, sleep, old
  2. Random: S/he’s unwrapping a birthday present
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Sarah had always planned to…

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Story Writing Exercises 076: Tuesday 16th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: 076 ruby ring 74321diocese, anthropologist, judge, drum, parliament
  2. Random: Two characters liking the same thing until…
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: In charge

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Story Writing Exercises 075: Monday 15th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: sublime, anarchy, glasses, business card, headsets
  2. Random: She’s a self-defence teacher
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is meditating

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Short Story for Critique 012: My Strange Boss by Blaise Ezeokeke

Welcome to Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group and the twelfth story on this blog. This 2,419-word piece is by Blaise Ezeokeke.

Please do comment in the section below telling us what you liked about this story and, what if anything, the author could do to improve upon it. Thank you – it’s very much appreciated!

I do have some feedback but I’ve just included it (below the story) as links to the scans of my handwritten-notes so I can let others comment here without being influenced by me. 🙂

Blaise has asked, “I would love to be shown my areas of weakness. I would like to know how to create a better suspense and ending for the story.

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My Strange Boss

I had worked for my boss for six months, yet everything about her remained strange to me. She went to office at exactly 7 am and left at exactly 7 pm, the gate keeper said. That’s an hour before we came and an hour after we had left. What I found most strange though, was the way she treated me. I’d been sure other staffs gossiped of the preferential treatment I received.  A typical day at our advertising agency went this way.

“Dimma. Please come.” Her mild feminine voice would mellow over the intercom. “I have work for you”.

“Yes, ma”. I would say.

She would then pick a file from among those sprawled carelessly all over her desk and say how she believed I could handle the project perfectly. All the time, touching the tip of her flat nose with her upper lip, giving a little smirk and showing deep dimples. Strange. To be honest, my boss looked beautiful for a fifty-three year old. Her dimples would show more and her smiles bolder, when she would remark that I should have supplemented my breakfast with more fibre.

“It is a good source of calories”, she would say, her upper lip touching the tip of her nose, glancing at pictures, drawings and documents in her hands. On average, she spent thirty minutes giving me a project to work on each day.

Two hours later, she would call again. This time she would want to know what I thought about this or that. It could be a completed commercial, a clip from an on-going shooting, her hair, her blouse or even items in her office. She would chatter on, about how this commercial was the defining moment of her entrepreneurial career and how the cleaner had never been absent in the last four years. One thing, she was always positive. She was the kind that sees only the good in people. “There’s a silver lining in every cloud” she always said. This session would last two hours.

After about another two hours, she would call me again. This time she would ask someone else to take over my project. That way, my boss would have three sessions of aimless conversation with me each day. Or rather, aimless speech, because she never let me put in a word. She would simply chatter on excitedly, like a little girl promised lollipop.  Of course I couldn’t complete the project; never completed any in the last six months. Yet, I received more benefits than any other staff. She even got me an apartment; paid-in-full and furnished. Seriously.

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Story Writing Exercises 074: Friday 12th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: chew, night, young, count, plug074 office 743549
  2. Random: S/he’s in a lift with someone s/he recognises…
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: stagger

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Story Writing Exercises 073: Thursday 11th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: take, bow, centre, moon, shine
  2. Random: S/he’s looking at a plate of eels
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: politician (character 1), choirmaster (ch.2), table (object), psychiatric hospital (location), nervous (trait), split trousers (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 072: Wednesday 10th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: humour, art, grisly, that, aghast
  2. Random: S/he’s just been arrested
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Stepping on to solid ground…

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Story Writing Exercises 071: Tuesday 9th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: half, swear, whisper, different, hock
  2. Random: S/he’s trying to find her/his father
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Field day

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Story Writing Exercises 070: Monday 8th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: share, rush, roll, high, auto
  2. Random: S/he fancies her/his bus driver
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is standing in an airport queue…

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Story Writing Exercises 069: Friday 5th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: feel, consume, sand, easy, smile
  2. Random: S/he’s falling for her/his father/mother-in-law
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: case

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Story Writing Exercises 068: Thursday 4th April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: damage, resistance, crazy, candle, spite
  2. Random: S/he’s trying to get a fire started
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: grandmother (character 1), grandchild (ch.2), painting (object), nursing home (location), giggles (trait), something’s spilt (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 067: Wednesday 3rd April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: sand, sequence, short, sound, pull
  2. Random: S/he’s stomping down the stairs
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Tom hadn’t meant to…

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Story Writing Exercises 066: Tuesday 2nd April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: sort, come, Shakespeare, reacting, call
  2. Random: There are 2 possible fathers for her baby
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: As the music played on

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Story Writing Exercises 065: Monday 1st April

Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: sparse, well, lemonade, green, dictionary
  2. Random: Her/his foot’s gone numb
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is waiting for exam results

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