Monthly Archives: July 2015

Story Writing Exercises 666: Friday 31st July

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.

666 shoes 866699Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: stirring, gunshot, devil, church, appeal
  2. Random: a tame wild animal
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: howl

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Story Writing Exercises 665: Thursday 30th July

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.

665 scissors 668039Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: word, year, next, early, evening
  2. Random: a family room
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: sex worker (character 1), undercover policewoman (ch.2), a lie (object), a back street (location), secretive (trait), too late (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 664: Wednesday 29th July

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.

664 rose 970207Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: drunk, mum’s, stay, Caroline, justify
  2. Random: a stepfather
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Booking in the…

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Story Writing Exercises 663: Tuesday 28th July

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.

663 robin 661571Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: mash, disrupt, destroy, damaged, run
  2. Random: a parking meter
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Here Not There

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Story Writing Exercises 662: Monday 27th July

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.

653 pov blue eye 46282Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: mild, work, casket, basket, Lancashire
  2. Random: 46 minutes past the hour
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character has tried alcohol for the first time

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Story Writing Exercises 661: Friday 24th July

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.

661 rejection 930941Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: milling, malt, condition top, family
  2. Random: a major in the army
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: pleased

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Story Writing Exercises 660: Thursday 23rd July

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.

660 red car 751617Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: bit, eclectic, brewery, jigsaw, printed
  2. Random: trying really hard
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: customer (character 1), manager (ch.2), shire (object), gift shop (location), lacking in confidence (trait), has writer’s block (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 659: Wednesday 22nd July

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.

659 number 2 909883Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: finish, starter, agency, extraordinary, respect
  2. Random: herbal tea
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Until she saw him…

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Story Writing Exercises 658: Tuesday 21st July

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.

658 question 873584Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: life, her, Sue, rosemary, computer
  2. Random: the early days
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The Pen Behind His Ear

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Story Writing Exercises 657: Monday 20th July

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.

657 push 848441Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: waiting, scan, need, comment, help
  2. Random: too much information
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character is trying to get a wifi signal

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Story Writing Exercises 656: Friday 17th July

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.

656 puppy chews stick 953958Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: mentor, laughs, CV, two, lovely
  2. Random: an eerie detached house
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: shop

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Story Writing Exercises 655: Thursday 16th July

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.

655 three_meerkats 893390Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: support, free, plonk, blur, angel
  2. Random: open then slammed shut
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: child (character 1), teacher (ch.2), radio (object), pub (location), can’t stop crying (trait), wants silence (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 654: Wednesday 15th July

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.

654  second you 867608Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: smoke, window, car, chemicals, fridge
  2. Random: an overloaded memory
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Inside the…

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Story Writing Exercises 653: Tuesday 14th July

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.

653 pov blue eye 46282Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: punch, trying, send, strip, whatever
  2. Random: longing to go / going to bed early
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Resetting the Factory Settings

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Story Writing Exercises 652: Monday 13th July

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.

652 pencil_circle 861256Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: cope, head, note, attention, something
  2. Random: thanks someone for doing nothing
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character is tired of his / her job

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Story Writing Exercises 651: Friday 10th July

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.

651 old lady 857538Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: sympathetic, reason, satisfying, harsh, commitment
  2. Random: an evil twelve-year-old
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: scale

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Story Writing Exercises 650: Thursday 9th July

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.

650 window 872316Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: knew, ice, cripple, taken, meet
  2. Random: didn’t see it coming
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: ticket collector (character 1), music lover (ch.2), ticket (object), music arena (location), frustrated (trait), both characters want to keep the ticket (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 649: Wednesday 8th July

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.

650 negative 902427Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: leaving, problem, either, threaten, booking
  2. Random: it’s in all of us
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Sticking up two fingers…

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Story Writing Exercises 648: Tuesday 7th July

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.

649 number 1 909883Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: wife, stolen, drinking, children, side
  2. Random: revenging a mistaken death
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The Thing That Happened

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Story Writing Exercises 647: Monday 6th July

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.

647 turntable 928691Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: reason, carrying, retribution, leak, leave
  2. Random: asking for a second opinion
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Your character wants to buy a new car

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Story Writing Exercises 646: Friday 3rd July

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.

646 lego swing 902146Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: actual, died, letting, keeping, go
  2. Random: an interesting home life
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: march

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Story Writing Exercises 645: Thursday 2nd July

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.

645 Koala 903705Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: enough, sweep, serious, lives, running
  2. Random: Jennifer and Jack
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: doctor (character 1), nurse (ch.2), stethoscope (object), stationery cupboard (location), heartbroken (trait), spurned love (dilemma)

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Story Writing Exercises 644: Wednesday 1st July

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.

644 girl 867612Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: keep, time, pregnancy, school, degree
  2. Random: falling in love with someone else
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Eighteen months later…

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