This Week’s Prompt

A trio for you to try this week, inspired, I think, by our participation in the North Notts Literary Festival last weekend!

Feast – Festive – Festival

Why don’t you try a different genre this week? If your comfort zone is fiction write a poem instead, or if your a prolific poet, have a go at a short story, or piece of flash fiction. It’s always good to stretch your writing muscles, so go on, push yourself and let’s see what you come up with. Have fun!

This Week’s Prompt

Scratch

Isn’t it funny how a scratch can be both hurtful and soothing? If like me, you’ve been dead heading the roses all summer, your arms may well be covered in scratches, and they sting like anything. But I’ve also been bitten half to death by the proliferation of insects that seem to think I taste like the best thing since sliced bread this year, and of course, all I want to do, night and day, is to give ’em a good old scratch.

So already there’s a couple of options to write about. But then there’s animal scratches, scratchy pens, scratched initials in a tree trunk, ‘scratch that’, ‘you scratch my back…’ oh so many ideas… and I’m sure you could think of lots more. So where do I start??

As always, use the prompt in any old way you choose – Poetry; prose; fiction; non-fiction… it’s up to you. Be inventive, be cheeky, be funny, be scary, be serious! We’d love to hear your work, so do share it here.

This week’s prompt

Well, this week we’re asking you to come up with a piece of creative writing inspired by the word

SHIP

As always, you can use it any way you like – ship as in boats, ship-shape, friendship – I’m sure you can think of many more connotations. Try and use your imagination to think of an unusual slant on the subject – work to be fresh and original, and of course, enjoy!

This week’s Trigger

There was some lovely work produced by our members inspired by the last trigger/prompt ‘Test’.  If you’re stuck for a theme this week why not try using this week’s suggestion:

‘Train’

Use it any way you like, any meaning you can think of, and any style! Be creative and think outside the box.  If you’re stuck, try some freewriting around the subject and see where it takes you – ten minutes writing anything that comes into your head – no punctuation, no worrying about spelling or grammer, just write and have fun, then you can use the ideas to create something great!

This week’s prompt

At our last meeting we, as usual, set a prompt/trigger for those of us who need a little inspiration to start writing. This week it is:

TEST

Of course you can use it in any of it’s forms… tested, tester, testing, in any context, and in any discipline you like: prose/poetry/flash fiction/biography… you name it!

So start writing ‘write now’ and do share your work with us, we’d love to read it.

Picture challenge

Ideas for stories can come from just about anywhere, but if you’re stuck, its a great idea to search for interesting photographs, either in your own collection, or perhaps on-line.  I came across this picture accidently and wondered what the story is behind it. Who lived there and sat in that chair, and why did they leave? Why did the clock stop at 2:20 (a.m. or p.m.?) and what’s with the two TVs?  It could be a rich seam for a bit of fiction. I’m going to have a go at a short story around it, why don’t you? I’d love to compare notes!

newhall-abandoned-house-tv-fireplace-room

 

Prompt of the week

As you should know by now, at the end of each meeting of the Retford Writers we decide on a prompt just in case any of us need a nudge to write for the next session.  This weeks prompt is

ROSE

It can be used any old way you like…i.e. ‘a rose by any other name…’; ‘he rose from his coffin…’; ‘there was a snail in the rose on the watering can…’ – in prose, poetry, biog, in fact wherever your imagination and creative juices take you!

Of course, you don’t have to be a Retford Writer to give it a whirl. We’d love to see your efforts too.