Weekend Writing Prompt #29 – Random

A set of random words and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 Moonstruck – Ragtag – Wanderlust

Photo Prompt

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 75 words or less that includes the following:

  • an opening sentence that is inspired by the photo prompt
  • the three random words listed above must be mentioned somewhere in the story

Poetry Challenge – Write a three verse poem, where:

  • each verse focuses on one of the three random words listed above
  • and each verse must somehow reference the photo prompt in some way

The style, form and length of the poem are your choice.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

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Weekend Writing Prompt #28 – Life

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 Life

Photo Prompt

The ankh was a symbol of life in ancient Egypt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in no more than 300 words that looks at the meaning of life and the question, “Why am I here?”  Who’s doing the asking?  Why?  What’s pushed them to seek the answer?  Who’s doing the answering?  What do they say?

Bonus point if you can mention ancient Egypt or the ankh symbol somewhere in your story.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem in 20 lines or less about life; the ups and downs, the important things, what it means to live a good life.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Week 1

A whimsical image that has no bearing on this post whatsoever…enjoy 🙂

So, we are a couple days into the second week of NaNoWriMo, and I thought I would post an update on how my first week went.

My word count so far, on Day 9 is: 18,136.  If I keep up with my current rate, I will finish, so the stat-bot tells me, on the 25 November.  I’m glad to see my writing buddies who are participating this year are doing well too and have had a great first week.  Woohoo!

I’ve noticed that my writing process is slightly different this year.  When I write, I don’t necessarily tackle chapters in chronological order; I tend to write whatever I feel like writing no matter where it is in the storyline and then magically weave them altogether later.  At the moment, I’m solely concentrating on Act 1 (I use the basic three act structure with some focus points I’ve added in along the way), with my focus on the first six chapters.  I’ve been moving around these few chapters but stopping myself from exploring any further yet, except in terms of notes and planning, which of course, I’m not counting in my word count.

This has had an effect on my pacing: I’m hitting on average 2,000 words a day, whilst allowing myself a writing-free day once a week.  This seems to be working well so far.  I’ve also been able to edit sections as I go, which is helping me see how the next few chapters are going to unfold.

I even found some music on YouTube that compliments what I’m writing nicely.  My story is set in winter, and one hour of wintry music not only taps nicely into the season but also gives me a set timeframe within which to concentrate on nothing but writing this novel.  And I’m surprisingly still finding time to spend on other projects too (which I’m not including in my word count because they are separate from the novel).

At this point, it feels like things are going well.  Hopefully, this will continue and by the end of November I’ll have at least half a novel that makes sense and won’t require too much redrafting / rewriting.  Fingers crossed!

Are you participating in NaNo this year?  How are you finding it so far?

Weekend Writing Prompt #27 – Circle

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 Circle

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story, with a maximum word count of 50, that is inspired by today’s prompt and a past prompt.  Don’t forget to let us know which past prompt you use.  (You can find previous Weekend Writing Prompts here)

Poetry Challenge – Write a rhyming poem in 14 lines or less that deals with the them of “going round in circles”.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

NaNoWriMo 2017

So it’s that time of year again…tomorrow is the first day of NaNoWriMo (if you don’t know what it is, you can learn more about it here).

Earlier in the year I made the sensible decision not to participate this time because I just have too many projects that require editing and restructuring rather than words adding to them.  I thought it would be better to finish what I’ve already started rather than beginning something new.  I was quite proud of myself for deciding this; it seemed like a really grown-up writer thing to do…

Only I went and changed my mind a few weeks ago.  Why?  Because I love it and wanted to start a new novel from scratch, and it’s easier and more fun than editing stuff I’ve already written.  For the past two years I joined the ranks of the rebels and worked on completing unfinished short stories that I had languishing on the computer, but this time round I was in the mood for novel-writing.

As the writing group I’m part of (the Plot Bunnies) can attest, the beginning of last week still saw me undecided as to what I wanted to work on this November.  I was switching between projects on a daily basis; I have too many ideas and am easily inspired, which can on occasion be as hard to deal with as writers block.  However, last Wednesday saw me make my final choice.  It’s an Andromache Jones Mystery and quite a dark one.

“Tell us more,” I hear you ask!  (No I don’t have hearing problems.  It’s just wishful thinking lol 🙂 )

The current title for the project is, “The Sacrifice and The Summoning“.  The planning and the outlining for it has actually helped with the structuring of the series as a whole, so even if I don’t write a single word in November, I have achieved something really, really useful.

Anyone else joining in with NaNoWriMo?  What are you working on this November? If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my username is “Sammi Cox” (original, I know).

I’m now off to go and bake “soul cakes” for Samhain / Hallowtide.  If there’s time this evening, I may even post some pictures.

Have a great evening all, and good luck if you’re participating in NaNo 🙂

Weekend Writing Prompt #26 – Wishes

[Posted a little earlier than usual I know, but I’m away this weekend…]

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 Wishes

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

The challenges this week are all about brevity:

Prose Challenge – Tell us a story about “three wishes” in 200 words.

Poetry Challenge – Write a cinquain on the theme of wishes.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

“Softly, Softly” – poem publication

My poem, “Softly, Softly”, has been published in the Peeking Cat Anthology 2017!  My thanks go to the editor, Sam Rose, for including it.

You can learn more about the anthology over on the Peeking Cat Poetry website.

A note for poets and writers: Peeking Cat Poetry are open all year round to poetry and flash fiction submissions for the monthly, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.