Story Writing Exercises 810: Thursday 18th February

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… currently just £1 or $1-2 each (when using coupon codes)!

Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

810 reading 908142Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: askew, abreast, aforementioned, affronted, atoned
  2. Random: combine of today’s prompts
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: father (character 1), mother (ch.2), ring (object), garden (location), nervous (trait), something stolen (dilemma)

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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Welcome to Morgen’s Novel Writing Group

Hello and welcome. The idea for an online writing group came to me as I walked my dog around the park (as good ideas often do) on Sunday 6th January 2013. I’ve recently set up a Feedback section on my main (Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog) blog but that’s just a list of readers / writers willing / offering to provide feedback and they then go off and talk amongst themselves. But I know from my now-weekly Red Pen Critique slot how useful open critique is to other writers.

Within a few hours I’d set up Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group and Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group then thought that a novel writing group was the next step. I also set up Facebook groups for them and there’s one for this group too!

If you’re on Facebook feel free to join us.

The plan is for me to post your novel extract (with a short synopsis) on the home page then list them within the relevant genre heading.

For this site, there’s no lower word count limit, but because of my existing workload (stupidly busy) I am asking for a 5,000-word upper limit (because I will be reading everything I post) but if the natural break is a couple of hundred words over, that’s fine.

There’ll be no payment for the stories put on this blog because it’s all about feedback. They will also count as being published so bear this in mind when planning to submit to competitions etc.

Each extract can carry below it a 250-word max third-person biography of the author, one contact link (e.g. their website), one photograph of themselves (if they wish to include one) and a cover of their latest (or favourite) book (if they have one). To submit your extract, see Submissions.

There is no limit to the number of extracts you submit or how often, but they should be reasonably family-friendly, i.e. not overtly gruesome or sexual.

Each new posting is advertised on my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Yahoo profiles so it is a chance for extra traffic to your website too. 🙂

There will be no payment for any content posted on this sites and I do reserve the right to decline your extract if I feel it is inappropriate. All stories posted are deemed as published so bear this in mind if planning to submit elsewhere.

morgen - logo (med)I shall be monitoring comments so please leave positive / constructive feedback. Anything spiteful will be removed (or not approved in the first place).

Thank you for taking part and I hope it proves useful and enjoyable to all concerned.

Morgen With An ‘E’