• 2018,  Poetry,  writing,  writing prompts

    Instructions for a Wedding Speech

    This was supposed to be my entry for the Didcot Writers monthly competition back in June but I forgot to submit it. The theme was ‘toast’ Instructions for a Wedding Speech Rather than have a best man panicking About having to make a toast I thought I’d offer instructions Speaking in front of a crowd is scary Even when you do it all the time You should Open with a joke Understand your audience Regale with tales of years gone by. Give them a toast to remember Let the couple know you care A hope, dream or wish Should be shared Speak from the heart Eloquence is required Some gentle…

  • 2018,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing,  writing prompts

    Flash Fiction: Friends Request

    My writers group have started posting a monthly prompt competition for a piece of no more than 500 words.  I submitted this for the March competition and was unsuccessful so thought I would share it here instead.  It’s the first time I entered – it was given as an exercise at the flash fiction workshop  I went to at the end of February (as the tutor was the one who set that prompt and did this month’s judging) and I wrote it there and then typed it up and tweaked it to submit to the competion.  The prompt was “The Last Request” Friends Request Claire smiled when she saw the…

  • 2012,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  short story,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    This is the story of…

    We played Consequences at the NaNoWriMo kick off meet up today. It was pretty funny and I said I’d record them for posterity. I figured my blog was a better place for them than the forum as things get lost on there! This is the story of how Bugs Bunny met Goldilocks on Red Dwarf. He said “I’d kill for a slice of that pie.” She said “Hush you!” And they got lost in the forest and found the witches house. — This is the story of how Reginald Harris met Marilyn Monroe at the circus. He said “Have you ever seen Mamma Mia?” She said “How RUDE!” And that’s…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  writing,  writing prompts

    >Stop! NaNo Time!

    >Yes it is indeed that most wonderful time of the year – NaNoWriMo. And just because the madness that is writing 50 thousand words in 30 days wasn’t enough for me this year I’m also one of the Municipal Liaisons for Oxfordshire. It’s going well so far although not as well or as fast as I’d hoped.  I’ve been very lacking in motivation for the past day or so which means I’ve not hit the goals I’d set for myself but I have hit and exceeded the standard day one and day two goals.  The goal is 1,667 words a day and I’m ending day two with 4,462 words meaning…

  • creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing,  writing prompts

    >Two Creative Writing Prompts

    >We were talking about setting the scene and establishing mood at my creative writing class tonight.  As a part of that we did two exercises. The first was to describe a place you love or hate in two sentences without saying why you love or hate it. Ducks, geese and swans as well as a sewage works, this is the noisy home to an eclectic mix.  You usually end up getting either sunburnt, really wet, or both and laughing as you watch spectacular sunsets whilst doing something you thought impossible.That’s Oxford Sailing Club in case you hadn’t guessed I was talking about sailing.  The first thing my tutor said when…

  • creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    >Creative Writing Prompt – The Object

    >At creative writing last night we each picked a random object (without looking) from a box our tutor bought with him.  Then we had about ten minutes to write something about the object’s owner, which included the object.  This is mine.  I might do something more with it, I’m sort of toying with the idea. The Enigma He is a bit of a mystery – and that’s the way he likes it.  He’s a bit different – a bit unusual.  That’s what people think about him or at least those that get close enough.  To everyone else he’s just a regular guy.  Friendly, helpful, unremarkable really.  He likes that view…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    >Word Prompts

    >I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve attempted it several times but have either ended up “winning” with a lot of rubbish and a hell of a lot of cheating or as in the last couple of years I’ve failed dismally. For the first time ever I have actually done a chunk of planning and I know roughly who my main character is and what my plot is. But writing prompts are always good. So I’m basically posting this entry to ask if anyone who wants to could leave me a list of ten random words in a comment. I’ll try and fit them in somwhere, hopefully each person’s…

  • creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    >Creative Writing Prompt – Someone Following Someone

    >My creative writing class started again last night for the new term. And we did a ten minute free writing type exercise. Mark gave us a variety of prompts and I chose someone following someone. This is what I wrote. Not edited at all. Loitering in the doorway of a busy coffee shop, he tried to blend in as he looked around. Jack hoped to spot Sarah soon. He also hoped she didn’t spot him. If Sarah saw him this would all be over before it even started. Suddenly he saw her. She’d changed her hair in an attempt not to be recognised and was walking quickly with her head…