My short story, The Last Post has been approved for Reedsy's weekly story competition. Each week prompts are sent out on a Friday for story submission by the following Friday. Last week's prompts incorporated the challenge to write the story in third person. The winner will be decided later this week. You can read and … Continue reading The Last Post
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