Prompt – finger on the trigger…

RACE!

Next door to your webmaster’s house – I was there, aged 4

Don’t let that distract you form all the other sorts of race which may just come to mind at this time. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to have fun with friends!

Why not try a 400 word Flash Fiction piece?

Prompt for the week

We can’t get away from them these days, so this week’s prompt is:

MASK

Now, apart from the obvious current use to keep infection at bay, there seems to be a vast array of masks as well as reasons to wear them. There is, of course, masked balls (never been to one, have you?), those fancy Venetian masks, gas masks, the masks bank robbers wear, or disguises, masks of famous people… well, I could go on, but I’m sure you’ll be able to think of other examples for yourselves. Don’t forget, you can write in any format: fiction; poetry; creative non-fiction; or even a script (haven’t seen any of those for a while.. give it a go!). Have fun with it! We look forward to reading your work.

Prompt for this week

I hope you are all still keeping well, and coping ok with the continuing lockdown. Many of us now are dreaming of returning to some semblance of normality, wondering what the new world will look like post lockdown.

So this week we are giving a nod to that concept and we’re asking you to write something using the prompt:

AFTER

Of course, it doesn’t have to relate to the current situation at all, it could be about after you’ve eaten (or drunk) too much; after a losing (or winning) game; after the party; or with VE day remembrance in mind… after the war. As usual, these are just some suggestions to get you going… let your imagination loose and write in any form you like: poetry; fiction; creative non-fiction; prose poetry….. well, you get the gist… any old way that gets your pen or your fingers on the keyboard moving. Have fun.

Picture Prompt

Ah Ha! Another picture prompt for you. Now, what do you make of this one? Is he a robot seeking knowledge…? Well, that was my first thought, but then.. perhaps he’s a toy lost in a library; perhaps we all feel like robots sometimes and he’s a reflection of a current mood; perhaps your batteries are running low, particularly at this time of turmoil; maybe the book is relevant… is it your favourite book (why do you love this book?); a gardening book; a book about learning to fly; a cookery book; an encyclopedia? Why is it so dark? What happens next? Deadly serious or rib-ticklingly funny?

One of the first things I learnt when trying out picture prompts is to look for the five ‘W’s:

Who – Who is the picture about?
What – What happened?
Where – Where did the event occur?
When – When did the event occur?
Why – Why did it happen?
(some also add an ‘H’ – How did it happen?)

It’s a useful place to start whether you are writing prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Remember, this is just a prompt… the picture doesn’t have to feature at all, it’s just to get you on the runway.

Go on…let go of the strings of your imagination and let your pen (or keyboard!) fly!

Prompt of the Week

You may be stuck in doors staring out of the window and seeing the leaves beginning to unfurl and the grass having it’s spring growth spurt (it really does grow like the clappers at the moment despite the current dry period we’re experiencing here), or you may be lucky enough to have a patch of land to call your own. I am one of the lucky ones and have been out in my garden busily planting seeds in the hope of a bumper crop of veggies in a couple of months time – veg definitely a priority this year! It is certainly nice to witness the planet still doing its thing even though our lives have been completely turned upside down. Very soon the trees will be fully clothed in green again and its made me wonder what does

Green

mean to you? Despite the trees and the grass, I can’t help but think of Kermit the frog telling me ‘It’s not easy being green’ (if you haven’t heard it, you can listen here (do listen, it’s beautiful)) and my mum telling me to ‘eat my greens’ (thankfully no recording of that…!). Coincidentally, my name on wordpress is ‘greenmum’. When I came up with it many years ago, I was using ‘green’ in the sense of naivety; because I like to think I’m environmentally friendly; and also, more mundanely, because I have green eyes.

So what does ‘green’ inspire you to write? A story? Poem? A bit of creative non-fiction perhaps? As always, let your imagination fly! I look forward to seeing your work.

Take care, stay indoors, and keep writing!

Picture Prompt

Hi there! Hope you’re spending this extra, enforced, free time on your writing projects. Since I haven’t received any stories or poems to post just lately, I thought I’d give you a nudge with a picture prompt this time.

What does it suggest to you? Where is she, who/what is she running from? She seems to have had time to pick up an umbrella but not put on her shoes – what’s that about? I’m sure there are lots of scenarios that you can create. Have a think, have a write (short story/flash fiction/poem, whatever you like!), then send them to me to share. I look forward to reading them.

Keep safe x

Keeping Safe

In order to do our best to keep our members safe and virus free, it has been reluctantly decided to suspend our meetings for the time being. Of course, that doesn’t mean a break from writing! In fact, with all this isolation it should be a perfect time to settle down with pen and ink or keyboard.

We do want to make sure we keep in touch, and of course, we’ll need to keep this space alive, so do keep sending your work to us to share. I’ll give you a prompt now and again, just in case you need a nudge of inspiration.

You will have seen the last prompt was ‘Copy’ – have you written anything around that yet? If that hasn’t set your pen in motion, why not try this week’s:

‘Spread’

As usual, use any format you like, and any interpretation. I’ll look forward to reading your work.

Keep safe. x

Prompt for the week

From journalism to plagiarism and printing, when you start thinking about it, the word ‘copy’ has many connotations, so you should be able to come up with a few ideas for stories, poems, or perhaps a bit of creative non-fiction (autobiographical) (Come on… own up.. did you ever copy anyone else’s homework? Did you get caught or get away with it?). So pull on your writing hats and set about getting your thoughts around ‘COPY‘ on paper. Don’t forget to share them with us!

Prompt of the Week

Oh I do like a good old clear out now and again. Uncovering treasures that have been in the back of cupboards, or boxed up in the loft, can bring back all sorts of precious memories. But there is always something lurking there that makes you wonder what prompted you to keep it in the first place.

‘Chuck that, it’s just junk’

But it must’ve had it’s moment in my life somewhere along the line. I guess all junk has its own history. After all, as the saying goes, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!’ So have a go at this week’s prompt:

Junk

Any old style or format: poem; short story; extract; creative non-fiction or even some flash fiction. Go on give it a go. Find some junk and give it a backstory!

Prompt of the Week

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas break and are looking forward to even more writing output in 2020!

Well, its a New Year, a new decade, I’m sure you must have had a few new things for Christmas, and lets face it, there is plenty of news going on at the moment, so can you guess what the next prompt is? Yup, its:

New

Approach it any way you like – poetry, prose, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, or what about a script? Why don’t you step outside of your comfort zone for this one (start as you mean to go on eh?) and try something different. A different tense/perspective/style can give a real boost to your writing. Go on, have a go! I look forward to reading the results.