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Books on the Art of Writing #4


The Five Minute Writer by Margaret Geraghty

 

What the book offers

Some writing prompts I’ve seen around the internet can just be way too wacky, but these prompts get you to think outside the box, and take your skills to a new level of creativity. The best thing with these exercises is that you can try them again and again and have a completely different outcome each time. This book will last you a life time, and show how you grow over the years as a writer!

Before it each exercise, it offers a short introduction that explains the exercise in context to writing; its significance and how to tackle it best.

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Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #4


  • There and Back Again
  • Wish Me Luck
  • Someone, Somewhere
  • Being Wrong
  • Second Place

Opening with a Whopper #1


“I’ll see you tomorrow, Harvey,” she said to me.

She never did.

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How to get going

  • A good story beginning needs to introduce character, conflict, story world and set a tone, let these opening lines help you develop such a start
  • Why did she never see Harvey?
  • Who was this woman to Harvey?

Share your work

  • For a challenge, reply your response in the comment box in 250 words
To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Picture Prompt #5


How to get going

  • Take a look at this poster, and look at the message on the sign and the setting behind it
  • Who has written the message? Why? What has happened to this place?
  • What sort of place does this road lead to now?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Creating Characters: #1


Characters are great beginning points to creating a story, because their life, their virtues, their flaws, their relationships and their opposition can develop into a whole journey for your reader to follow. Pick one of the three characters and write an interior monologue, a day in their shoes or a meeting with one of the other characters in the set. It will really help you to practice and develop characterisation skills.

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Premise for Plots #3: I’m Not Dead


A week after a close friends funeral you receive a postcard that says, ‘I’m not dead’

Picture Prompt #4


How to get going

  • Take a look at this photo, and explore the message in the bottle
  • What is the message? Is it a cry for help? A piece of advice? A hidden truth?
  • Who is the speaker? Who finds the message?
  • Where was this message sent from and where was it found?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #3


  • Red Lipstick
  • The Writings on the Wall
  • Fortune Cookie
  • I’m Still Alive
  • Love and Lies

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Picture Prompt #3


How to get going

  • Take a look at this photo, and explore the relationship between the boys
  • Look at the expressions? What emotions do they hold? Does this help with what tone to write in?
  • Whose point of view are you going to write it in?
  • Will you write it as they are children? Or years later? Or the past that binds them together?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Premise for Plots #2


Stuck for writing ideas? Use the following idea as a spark for inspiration – change the point of view, create a character, situation and conflict, strike up any genre that suits and keep developing and writing!

Your character is walking past a phone box when the phone inside rings. Curiously, your character turns but sees the booth is empty. When it rings the second time, your character cannot help but pick it up…

Click below to download the complete set of prompts of ideas so far (it’s safe!)

Prompts and Ideas

Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #2


  • A Promise I’ll Keep
  • What Drove Her to Madness
  • Writing Just to Let You Know
  • Painted Faces
  • New Year’s Resolution
Click to below to download the full set of prompts and ideas on this site so far (picture prompts, title ideas, and premise ideas) – it’s safe!

Prompts and Ideas

Premises for Plots #1


Stuck for writing ideas? Use the following idea as a spark for inspiration – change the point of view, create a character, situation and conflict, strike up any genre that suits and keep developing and writing!

I didn’t kill him, but I didn’t save him either. I watched him die and did nothing. Am I a murderer?

Click below to download the complete set of prompts of ideas so far

Prompts and Ideas

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