Category Archives: literature prompt

Giving the game away (nearly)

Forget that spoiler alert! Go on, do it! It’s time to give away the story! What? Give away the story? Or at least part of it? Am I being serious? Strangely yes. This week reading June by Miranda Beverley-Whittmore, I … Continue reading

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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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Monday prompt on a Wednesday (oops)

So we have my mother-in-law over from the UK and I am not keeping up my self imposed blogging schedule, but here are a couple of writing prompts and some thoughts based round the writing of Jhumpa Lahiri whose novel, … Continue reading

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Trouble With Wallflowers by MZ Fairtlough

The prompt was to write a story from the point of view of a wallflower: an observer rather than an active participant in a scene. I wasn’t sure about this one but then this popped out, and it was published … Continue reading

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Dialogue that works

I am reading an upper middle grade novel – The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathon Stroud – and I’m loving it. There’s loads of action, intriguing characters, fun, magic and Bartimaeus (pictured here) has a brilliant voice. What I’m picking … Continue reading

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Starting with The Sense of an Ending

I remember, in no particular order: –       a shiny inner wrist; –       steam rising from a wet sink as a hot frying pan is laughingly tossed into it; –       gouts of sperm circling in a plughole, before being sluiced down … Continue reading

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The perks of point of view

Do you enjoy holidays with your family? I don’t mean your mom and dad family, but your uncle and aunt and cousin family? Personally, I do. There are several reasons for this. First, I am very interested and fascinated by … Continue reading

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A recipe for memoir

I am currently reading Love, War and Ice Cream by the lovely Zoe and becoming thoroughly immersed in the two different family stories she unfolds. I’ve been particularly charmed by her use of photographs and recipes. It’s the recipes that … 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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Character and the psychopath test

Many writers struggle at times with the difference between showing and telling. It’s so much easier to tell the reader about your character than to show your character in action and let the reader draw their own conclusions. Here’s a … Continue reading

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