Monday, 31 December 2012

white wine with the fish

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Wrapping paper

Happy Christmas (or whatever else you are celebrating today)!

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ten years ago today

Ten years ago today, I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo. A week late, but I was determined. Three weeks later, to my utter astonishment, I hit 52K and finished my novel. I've been back every year, and I won them all but one.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Here's another extra prompt for NaNoWriMo. How is it going? Are you on track? Do you want more prompts during the day?

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Don't wake the kitten

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Thursday, 1 November 2012


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There it is: NaNoWriMo. I may well be posting more than one prompt per day over the next 30 days.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

One week to go

NaNoWriMo starts in a week. Writing prompts are great to get going again when you're stuck.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012


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Monday, 24 September 2012

Torrential rain

Lots of rain forecast for London today. I hope the only torrents wherever you are will be the wordy kind.

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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Friday, 31 August 2012


My 21-month old is obsessed with pebbles. Write about a character who collects pebbles, set a scene by a lakeside or describe how a pebble nearly killed somebody.

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Too cold for the season

It is too cold here in London. I suppose the Paralympians are glad it's not roasting anymore, thought.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Cats and keyboards

Why is it that cats always want to sleep on your keyboard, especially when you're just about to start writing?

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Thursday, 2 August 2012


Love tea? Great, write an ode to your favourite beverage.
Not a tea person? Tell us why you don't like it.

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Saturday, 28 July 2012


Maritime Greenwich, Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Village - what is your association with Greenwich?

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Let the games begin

And I'm not talking about the huge adult sports event that starts in the UK's capital today because obviously, that would be a violation of copyright ...

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Too late

How appropriate, I forgot to post this one. What did you do too late recently? How does being too late matter to your story?

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Just hose it down

Now that the hosepipe ban (here in South-East England) is over, you can actually hose stuff down again.

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Back to the straight and narrow

What's the straight and narrow? Who's back to it? Why?

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Friday, 6 July 2012

Sleep deprivation

What's the reason for it, what will make it more bearable?

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Thursday, 5 July 2012


A person, the city or the mythical bird? What does Phoenix mean to you?

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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Birthday Girl

Who is the birthday girl? How old is she? What does she get for her birthday?

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Monday, 25 June 2012

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Practice makes perfect

Writing is like physical exercise - the more you practice, the better you become. Use these writing prompts for your daily writing exercise.

Friday, 22 June 2012


Why is it that people only make resolutions for New Year's Day?
Why don't they work?
What have you resolved to change?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Sunday, 1 April 2012


I'm not off to a good start, am I? Not posting in three months ... I'm working on it, promise.