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Simile wheel of fortune: a game for writers (writing tip 65)

Here’s a great game to practice thinking metaphorically – it also works well as a drinking game!

Here’s one of my favourite games to play with writers. 275 more words

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Invocation Poems

This week I used an exercise from Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge’s magical book poemcrazy: freeing your life with words:

“I suggested we each go outside alone and wander until we noticed an object to bring back to class that might have a quality we needed or with something to tell us… … 192 more words

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Flash Fiction: Mythris and the Stone King

Mythris couldn’t understand how the stone had become their king in the first place, that is until hearing it decree his banishment.  Its voice rumbled forth from somewhere deep inside its craggy surface and there was little room to question its sincerity. 469 more words


Picture Triggers: Damp Deckchairs

This week I took my box of pictures into class. These were the ones I chose to write about: 

The flat sea gleams dully in the early morning light. 255 more words

Writing Exercise: Disasters

This post is inspired by the massive flooding which took place in my area this week. Take one of your characters and throw them into the middle of a disaster, man-made or natural. 93 more words


Zadie Smith’s ON BEAUTY: telling the story through sensory detail

In this video we look at two descriptions of the same place, which appear at different stages of Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. Although the place is the same, Smith is able to advance the story just by changing the sensory details on which she and her characters focus. 906 more words

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#AtoZChallenge - I'm doing it again

In a surprise decision (surprising to me, even), I’ve decided to do the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge again!

I missed the theme reveal event, but I know what I want to do: 43 more words