Monthly Archives: May 2015

Story Writing Exercises 621: Friday 29th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

621 pumpkins 870086Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: take, cope, brother, together, twinkle
  2. Random: getting someone drunk
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: throat

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 620: Thursday 28th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

620 jelly 876626Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: remember, bomb, letter, alive, stop
  2. Random: introducing someone un/familiar
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: Elvis (character 1), cat (ch.2), pair of glasses (object), meeting room (location), always late (trait), growing impatient (dilemma)

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 619: Wednesday 27th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

620 phone 876094Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: negotiate, being, erratic, say, problems
  2. Random: living at someone else’s house
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Looking over…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 618: Tuesday 26th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

618 girl 930655Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: second, important, Catherine, separated, recover
  2. Random: the first fifteen minutes
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Walking Over

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Story Writing Exercises 617: Monday 25th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. 617 feather 897106Keywords: could, shiny, table, reflection, sitting
  2. Random: wants to know more
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character is questioning some information

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Story Writing Exercises 616: Friday 22nd May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

616 dog 953619Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: enrich, enlightenment, dialogue, OK, people
  2. Random: lost his wallet
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: picture

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 615: Thursday 21st May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

615 castle 877544Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: dark, darling, edit, process, paragraph
  2. Random: to judge someone better
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: barmaid (character 1), customer (ch.2), bell (object), pub (location), sad (trait), doesn’t want to leave when the pub closes (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 614: Wednesday 20th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

614 camels 876094Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: call, home, phone, moving, kind
  2. Random: little bits of action
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Picking up the last muffin…

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Story Writing Exercises 613: Tuesday 19th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

613 Buddha 877719Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: chapter, forward, constant, rage, bayonet
  2. Random: one thing after another
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Progress

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Story Writing Exercises 612: Monday 18th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

612 bridge 877544Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: example, promise, good, available, one
  2. Random: after that
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character is meeting his mother for the first time

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 611: Friday 15th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

611 bed 872316Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: one, defy, any, give, now
  2. Random: speaking to him later
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: ordinary

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 610: Thursday 14th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

610 animal 872986Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: worth, swan, Peter, gosh, promise
  2. Random: an embarrassing noise
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: writer (character 1), air stewardess (ch.2), book (object), bookshop (location), curious (trait), unsure whether to reveal some information (dilemma)

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 609: Wednesday 13th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

609 leaf 951307Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: complicated, two, other, surprise, wise
  2. Random: no one is safe
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: I didn’t see…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what they say on the tin. You can start the beginning of the story with them or a later sentence but they’re a great way of kicking off.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the story but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • One-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = two characters, an object, a location, a dilemma, a trait. Mix them all together and you have a plot… hopefully.
  • First person piece or monologue (a one-sided conversation).
  • Dialogue only = this is where you literally just write a conversation between two people. No ‘he said’, ‘she said’ or description, just speech and the reader has to be able to keep up. 🙂
  • Second-person = some of you will know that I champion. The prompt can be in any style but has to be written in second-person viewpoint… oh, what a hardship. 🙂
  • Title: This is the title of your story.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

Tips

  • Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  • Show don’t tell: if your character is angry, don’t tell us he is, have him thumping his fist on the table.
  • Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  • Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: Have a character striding instead of walking confidently.
  • Only use repetition to emphasise.
  • When you’ve finished the first draft, read the story out loud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course!

Picture above courtesy of morguefile.com

I love to talk about writing so feel free to email me. My online writing group blogs and their associated Facebook groups are:

Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group

Thank you for reading this and we look forward to your comments.

Story Writing Exercises 608: Tuesday 12th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

608 you are here 898989Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: twist, surprise, blind, toes, side
  2. Random:a great example
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Splattered

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 607: Monday 11th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

607 lamp 951344Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: classic, sense, couldn’t, face, dense
  2. Random: long and short
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character thinks he / she is having a heart attack

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 606: Friday 8th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

606 crow 872333Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: result, put, read, next, look
  2. Random: a weird phone call
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: abnormal

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 605: Thursday 7th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

605 chinese pot 951351Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: span, six, two, murder, whole
  2. Random: a terrible book review
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: clown (character 1), little boy (ch.2), top hat (object), field (location), being difficult (trait), left unhappy (dilemma)

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 604: Wednesday 6th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

604 baby 951315Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: programme, march, sixth, power, revenge
  2. Random: an hour short
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Slapping his face…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Story Writing Exercises 603: Tuesday 5th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

603 whirlpool-waves 866893Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: left, hill, hang, joke, consultant
  2. Random: making a promise you don’t keep
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Not Remembering

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Story Writing Exercises 602: Monday 4th May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

602 stairs 935975Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: pants, point, one, wonderful, Jane
  2. Random: a glass half empty
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character is being hunted by the police

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Story Writing Exercises 601: Friday 1st May

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. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

601 old lamps 868688Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: nasty, unresolved, right, cheat, find
  2. Random: growing up slowly
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4.  One-word prompt: thumb

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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