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Story Writing Exercises 1477: Monday 10th Sept

Below are your four story exercises for today. You can do them in any order. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price (when using coupon codes) and the other two are FREE!

When you’ve finished, pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.I also run Morgen’s Free Monday Creative Writing Q&A Mentorship on Facebook. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

So here are your prompts:

  1. Keywords: forest, journalist, Will, ruin, set
  2. Random: a stunning view
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: your character is a supermarket at lunchtime and the place is deserted

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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February Writing Competitions

competition 612589Below are some February-deadline competitions for a variety of formats…
See http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar for regularly-held (weekly, monthly, quarterly etc) and competitions later in the year.

Short Story for Critique 004: The Letter by Ina Schroders-Zeeders

Welcome to Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group and the fourth story on this blog. This piece is a 1,765-word thriller by Ina Schroders-Zeeders. 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. 🙂

The Letter

New York, October 31, 1998

Dear Anna

It is time. I want to tell you about the past.
Eighteen I was then. I had just nicely finished grammar school, with all good marks. Therefore my mother has thought of a reward: she and I were to spend a while on board of the vessel my father worked on, so I would get to know him a bit, because otherwise that would never happen, she said. My elder brothers were already in the Indies by then. It would be a cosy trip, the three of us in the captains quarters.

After an Atlantic summer storm, that had wrecked the screw propeller of the “Pooldam”, we ended up on Rathlin Innes. Only thanks to my fathers seamanship, may his soul rest in peace, it is that we didn’t drown then, but entered the puny port in the bay of Rathlin Innes, a dot on the map, and according to the text there, an uninhabitet island, well that description was close. My father was extremely worried. As in the meanwhile WWII had broken out, he couldn’t get spare parts for the screw, since they had to be shipped from Germany and well, that was kind of difficult then. You understand, dear?

After a while I got bored, but it wasn’t all that bad to be trapped on the island. It was an oasis of peace in the turmoil called 1939. Here, feeding seagulls, I had time to think about my life and what I wanted to do. I had just finished my first relationship with a four eyed Amsterdam boy called Bob, who later joined the Resistance. Well, actually he broke up with me because of Lies, a peroxide blonde skeleton he happened to marry as well later on, I think. Not that it matters. Not anymore.

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Story writing exercises 006: 12th Jan 2013

timer 54392Here are your four 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. Dialogue-only: Your character has discovered a talking dog.
  2. Random: Look at your left palm and describe it in no less than 300 words.
  3. Mixed bag: health worker, patient, a carrot, hospital reception, language barrier, hard of hearing.
  4. Keywords: pop, crucial, smooth, thirty, thirsty.

Have fun, and do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on!

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Story writing exercises 005: 11th Jan 2013

timer 54392Here are your four 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. Random: Pick one object from your top desk drawer (or bedside drawer) and describe it in no less than 500 words.
  2. Sentence start (second-person future tense): You know Ted will get there first…
  3. One-word prompt: tease
  4. Monologue: a show jumper waiting his / her turn in the ring

Have fun, and do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on!

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