Story Writing Exercises 043: Thursday 28th February

Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: task, rebellion, reveal, ignite, hall
  2. Random: S/he has weight issues
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: debt collector (character 1), hairdresser (ch2), fruit machine (object), cinema (location), water (dilemma), forgetful (trait)

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Story Writing Exercises 042: Wednesday 27th February

Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: red, curtains, face, vicar, laugh
  2. Random: S/he’s famous in her home country
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Lifting up the flap…

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Story Writing Exercises 041: Tuesday 26th February

Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: top, mean, enjoy, conversation, ninety-six
  2. Random: S/he’s stealing from her/his company
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title: The light on the ceiling

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Novel Extract for Critique 005: ‘Criss Cross’ by Caron Allan

Novel Extract for Critique 005: Criss Cross by Caron Allan

Welcome to Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group and the fifth novel extract on this blog. This 4,982-word extract is from ‘Criss Cross’, a crime novel by Caron Allan. Please do comment in the section below telling us what you liked about this extract and, what if anything, the author could do to improve upon it. Thank you – it’s very much appreciated! I will chip in but I’ll let others have a go first. 🙂

Caron asks, “Please let me know how I can improve synopsis and tagline skills, feedback on cover and general HELP! with writing style and content.”

Criss Cross coverTagline: Monica killed Cressida’s mother-in-law, what could be fairer than Cressida kills Monica’s philandering husband?  After all, they are best friends.

Synopsis: Spoilt society girl Cressida Barker-Powell confides to her journal that she plans to murder her unbearable mother-in-law. But when she arrives at the scene, she finds the old woman already dead. Obviously her Hitchcock-Movie-loving best pal, Monica, has already carried out the deed for her! Taking the murder-switch idea from the movie, Cressida decides the only proper way to show her gratitude is by killing off Monica’s philandering husband and his bimbo girlfriend. After all, Monica of all people should appreciate the idea of swapping murders? That’s what she wants, right? No. Cressida quickly discovers that unfortunately this was not what her friend had in mind, and now Monica is devastated and planning to exact a terrible revenge. Which means their friendship is definitely over. Isn’t it?

Criss Cross

Sun 24 June

To my darling Cressida

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!  Have fun writing down all your thoughts and plans and dreams, then, when we’re old and grey we can sit together on that terrace in Capri and watch the sun go down, we can drink a glass of wine and you can read me the spicy bits from this journal and we will have a jolly good laugh and talk about the old days!

With all my love forever and ever

Thomas xx

Same day – 10.35pm

She must die!!!!  I hate her!!!  I refuse to put up with her a moment longer, she is an evil, conniving old bitch without a grain of family feeling and it’s time she was dead!!!!

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Story Writing Exercises 040: Monday 25th February

Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: France, tune, whistle, repetitive, none
  2. Random: Fill in a word association word web (http://eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/clusterweb2.pdf is an example), starting with the word ‘free’ then pick 5 of the words you created and write a piece including those words. You could of course pick another 5 for another piece… and so on.
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: Her girl/boyfriend is cheating on her

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Story Writing Exercises 039: Friday 22nd February

Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: teardrop, calling, food, air, silly
  2. Picture: what does this inspire?
  3. Random: Joy from the rock band, learns to foresee the future, the woman in 3b, saves mother
  4. One-word prompt: Sunday

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Story Writing Exercises 038: Thursday 21st February

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

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  1. Keywords: mix, fortune, white, bunch, smile
  2. Random: Find / Google two pictures; one of a male, one female and completed a profile template for each (name, age, nationality, height, job, hair colour, quirk, favourite TV programme, favourite food etc). Get to know your character.
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Dialogue: Two friends are gossiping about another friend

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