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Creative Writing Exercise Number 4 from the Archive

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your two characters and what brings them together…but no scrolling! It’s much more fun if you do this … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 2 from the Archives

THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 1 from the Archive

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Do exercises really help writers to write?

Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth, says that writers ought to practice writing in much the same ways as musicians practice the scales. She is not alone in suggesting that … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Read HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS if you’re coming to my new writing course, or even if you aren’t…

I’ve handed out copies of Hemingway’s famous short story to students I’ve met who are enrolling in my new course and I thought I should also mention it here. It … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

So, the theory is that I don’t HAVE to read anything ever again…because I’m going to die

Over at Literary Hub, Emily Temple has worked out how many books you are likely to read before you die – combining life expectancy tables and working on the basis … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Sign up for my creative writing newsletter – and get a free gift to kickstart your writing new year!

The next issue will be sent out on Sunday January 1st and it contains more news, opportunities and writing exercises than ever before. I only send it out three or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

FREE 100 word short story competition for adults and children

Reader’s Digest are  running a free  100 Word Story Competition on any subject. However, it has to be EXACTLY 100 words long (not including the title). The story must be … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 11 Comments

Let’s write a scary chain story together

I’m in Mexico for the Day of the Dead right now – I’m posting about it on my other blog At A Gentle Pace – so I’m very tuned into* … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Wanted: a topical Jewish play from UK writer

Matthew Frener (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Free Rayne Artists) and Michaela Stern (Co-Founder of Collaborative Artists) are looking for new full length plays that tackle topical issues and which … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

International Spine-chilling short story competition

The Creative Competitor – an author service organisation – have been running writing competitions for over five years. This month they want something scary in 1000 words or less (and … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

Feeling jaded? Take a 15 minute Samuel Beckett break

If you are wondering why you bother, why you even try to choose words that maybe someone else might want to read or hear someday; or pick up a paintbrush … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Brilliant residency opportunity for writers with a head for heights

Maison de L’Ecriture, Montricher. Photo © Claudine Garcia This is a writing opportunity that is the epitome of cool… A Swiss Foundation is offering writers the chance to live and … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · 6 Comments