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Setting prompt

The following excerpt from Cynthia Bond’s powerful new novel (you heard it here) Ruby makes a great prompt to start a story or just tackle a familiar setting in a new way. Read and model your writing as closely as … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend 29

Who lives in a house like this?  

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Something for the weekend #24

A painting rather than an a photograph this week. I have this as a postcard and we used it as a prompt this week. Although the idea is to be inspired by the image without needing to know anything about … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #13

If there was ever a photograph that could inspire a writer to describe things in multi-sensory detail this has got to be it. This is a ceramic, painted on a wall in Manchester in the UK. It’s fabulous, but look … Continue reading

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Weathering the storm

So normally I blog a new writing prompt on Tuesdays, but of course we didn’t meet today as we wait for Sandy to hit. Not much to report so far although it has rained constantly and the wind is blowing. … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #9

The couple in this photograph, sitting back to back, make a great visual writing prompt. But there’s more to this one. This is a photograph of an art installation in the Saatchi Gallery. You can learn more about it and … Continue reading

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Something for the weekend #8

What makes a good story? Great writing, intriguing characters, screaming tension, conflict? All of these things. But where to start? This photograph is split almost in two. On one side we see broken windows and a pile of discarded dials … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror – 5 perspectives on character description

I’ve recently read all three of Gillian Flynn’s novels (Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl) and I’d recommend them all. Great plots, nasty characters and some excellent writing. I’ve been particularly struck by the way she paints vivid physical … Continue reading

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