titles matter. So how can I find a killer title?
No, nothing to do with that* TV programme! A villanelle is a poem with a very specific rhyming structure. (The most well known villanelle in English is probably Dylan Thomas's. . . Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, Rage against the dying of the light.) I have taken up the challenge to … Continue reading Villanelle
Storytelling Even the most artistic of children will want to put down their paintbrush sometime. Offer them a prompt (or a choice of prompts) to write a story. This could develop in several ways. For instance, when everyone's applauded the story, suggest a 'What If' related to it. . . (What if the cat got … Continue reading Things To Do, 3: Spark Their Imagination.
Time has run away with me this week – as it does – and my intended posting day passed unnoticed in a welter of painting and re-carpeting. Having nothing prepared, I'm falling back on yet another poem, originally penned for the "12 poems in 12 months" challenge from Writers Write website at https://deadlinesforwriters.com/ . The … Continue reading My Default Mode
Verse and worse (mine): regular writing challenges that tax the imagination.
practicing poetry with a regular writing challenge
(I'm attempting to produce this blog post using the new editor. I'll let you know how it goes – ie: whether I give up and revert to the old one, as I did last time.) 12 poems in a year I've joined a challenge to write twelve poems in twelve months on https://12shortstories.com/poetry/ This is … Continue reading 12 Poems
As previously reported, I entered the recent 24-hour short story contest run by Angela Hoy's Writer's Weekly. com (https://24hourshortstorycontest.com/ ) – just to see if I could. Thinking up stories on the hop isn't my strong point. As promised in my earlier post, the story is reproduced below. On the date of the contest, (around 6pm … Continue reading Danny Boy
After a blog full of commas, here’s another Commaful diversion. Commaful website is running a fantasy story contest; you can find details at https://commaful.com/contests/fantasy2018/ Judging is by readers’ votes, and there’s no monetary prize – just postings on Commaful’s social media channels. I’ve posted a story-verse about the Mirlings (little scaled people with gills who live … Continue reading Now for Something Completely Different
Challenges from Chris Fielden and Friends I’ve been following Chris Fielden’s website for many moons, at https://www.christopherfielden.com/ and have twice entered short stories in his annual To Hull and Back competitions. It’s a lighthearted and responsive website. Chris is generous with advice, offering listings of current competitions and advice about entering them, among other things. Since I first … Continue reading A Diversion