Wednesday, 31 December 2014


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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Day 25: Writing Goals

What with 2015 only a week away, it's high time we all started thinking about our goals. If you don't know where to start, here's Holly Lisle on the magic of goals.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Day 23: Two-word Tuesday

inferior -- remains

Set your timer. Add the two words to today's writing prompt. Make a cluster/spider diagram/mind map if necessary. Write a story that includes all three prompts!

You say you came alone?

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Day 22: Write what you would like to read

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” - Meg Cabot

In other words: Don't pay attention to the market right now, to the trends that are supposed to make it big. Write a story you'd want to read, a story which excites you, a story you don't want to give up on when the writing gets though.

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Gotta go

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Day 21: Story Sunday

Because it's the last Sunday before Christmas, here's a few more stories for you.
I've recently discovered Ruby Cowling's short stories and I love them. If you only have time for one, read Biophile.
Here's an interview with her on Spread the Word, too.

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Perhaps another day

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Day 20: Story Saturday

All stories for this year's Costa Short Story Award are available to read and/or listen to. You can vote for your favourite until 16 January, too!

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Most wonderful time of the year?

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Day 19: characters in flash fiction

I've been stuck on a piece of flash fiction for the last few days. Then I read this article on character-driven flash fiction, put it into practice and now I've got a much better story.

Flash fiction and writing prompts work well together. Choose a prompt, start writing, find the story.
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Find a quiet spot

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Thursday, 18 December 2014


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Day 18: Three-word Thursday

fir -- run -- invisible

Use these three words to write a story. You have fifteen minutes.
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Day 17: How to handle ideas

Writing prompts are great for generating new ideas, but what to you do with all these ideas? I like this post on Fiction Southeast on ideas and how to turn them into stories.

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Officially middle-aged

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Day 15: Writing a synopsis

Think writing a novel is hard? Try writing the synopsis for it. I find Julie Cohen's formula for writing a synopsis is the only thing that helps me through it. But even then, I hate writing them.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Day 14: Writers write journals

I mentioned my love of diaries and journals the other day. Keeping a journal where you write for yourself is one of the best tools for a writer. But don't just take my word for it – here are seven writers who'll tell you how important journals are.

Have a journal? Or an unused notebook (I bet you do, every writer does...)?
Fetch it.
Remember nobody needs to see what goes into your journal.
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Day 12: Friday Phrases

Friday Phrases is a lovely writing community that gets together on Fridays to write, read and comment on #FP Twitter fiction. It's fun and sometimes, a story that fits into 140 characters can spark something longer. But be warned: It is addictive!

Set your timer. Write lots and lots of Twitter fiction!


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Day 11: Three-word Thursday

green -- slaughter -- inflate

Use these three words to write a story. You have fifteen minutes.
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Almond cake

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Day 9: a diary made for writers

I've achieved so much this year thanks to my tiny Paperblanks diary. Call me old-fashioned, but I love a physical diary to remind myself deadlines and other things I need to do and as a journal. For 2015, I'm giving myself an upgrade: I've ordered a Passion Planner – you can try it for free and I say you should. It's every writer's dream diary.

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Day 8: Rowan Coleman's Short Story Tips for Retreat West

This is my favourite bit of advice when it comes to short stories: "Less is more, make the story about a moment [...]" - there are more, so go and read the interview.

Then set your timer. Write a story, let it rest, polish and submit it!

Woolly jumper

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Friday, 5 December 2014

Day 5: Practice, practice, practice

“Everything is practice. Every word you write and action you take is a chance to get better.”
Jeff Goins

Get practising: Use today's prompt or take one from the writing prompt archive. Set your timer. Write!

Did it land?

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Day 4: Three-word Thursday

frown -- boots -- engaging

Use these three words to write a story. You have fifteen minutes.
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Fallen down

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Day 3: Fail again. Fail better.

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Worstward Ho, Samuel Beckett

Don't be afraid of failure. It's part of (writing) life. Set your timer. Write!


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Monday, 1 December 2014

1 Dec: One word at a time

“When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time," and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That's all. One stone at a time. But I've read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.”
Stephen King

You heard the man. Grab a prompt, set your timer, write!


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Saturday, 1 November 2014

NaNo2014 photo prompt 1: Come on in

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In the beginning

There we go – it's NaNoWriMo 2014! Writing prompts are a great tool if you get stuck and need some outside inspiration to keep the story moving.
Happy novel-writing!

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

You want a better reason

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Off to camp

CampNano starts again today. Feel free to use the writing prompts to keep you writing when you're stuck. Apart from the daily prompt, there are two years worth of prompts in the archives – plenty to keep you inspired.

Happy Camping!

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Happy NFFD 2014!

Today is National Flash Fiction Day. Instead of posting a prompt, I'm going to refer you to The Write-In. Choose a prompt from the list, write a story based on it and send it in. They want the best stories you can write in one day.

Come play and celebrate all things flash fiction!

Saturday, 14 June 2014