What if?

“What if…” questions make great writing prompts, and like the Idea Generator, can  help you to explore your imagination, or even turn into a short story or a book. I’ve given a few example questions here for you to have a go. Feel free to share your answers or some ideas for your own “what if” questions. […]

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Write the Blurb

Are you stuck on your latest book? Or do you have an idea for a novel inside you, but you don’t know where to start? Whatever stage of the process you’re at, a helpful exercise can be to write the blurb that would go on the back cover. You’ll need to simplify your ideas enough […]

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Idea Generator

Let me introduce you to an idea generator. All you need is a die. Roll twice for who, and once for every other category. You can then write a short piece based on your result. So, for example, I roll 2, 6, 2, 5, and 4. I could then try to write a story about […]

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L Is For List

“Write a list,” she said. “It’ll help you,” she said. I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. The idea of writing a list seemed to me about as appealing as eating toenail clippings from an old man of poor hygiene. My cynicism quickly vanished as I discovered a tool that has kept me sane […]

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H is for Haiku

Does such a person exist who was not made to write a Haiku during their schooling? I remember my lesson clearly; I was eleven years old and very distractible. Mrs. P was a rather stern teacher, who did not tolerate my wandering attention. But really, poems that did not rhyme, originated from a foreign land, […]

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F is for Freewriting

Every writer at some point or another will suffer from writer’s block. If you say you haven’t, well,…more power to you! Conversations with my writing companions have shown me that I am not the only one to find myself thwarted by my own perfectionism when I write, or some other anti-author demonic force. Freewriting can […]

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Six Word Stories

Have you heard about Ernest Hemingway’s six word story? I hadn’t, until today, and it has delighted me! A friend bet Hemingway that he could not write a story in six words, so the legend goes. He was forced to pay up, when Hemingway produced what he is said to have called his greatest work: […]

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Short Story Competition

A call to my fellow writers residing in Australia, check out this short story competition: Boroondara Literary Awards 2013 Best of all, it’s free to enter. Stories should be between 1500 and 3000 words, and the closing date is 30th August 2013. May the words be with you! Peace out xoxo  

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Why I Write

I write because I would go mad if I didn’t. It is my outlet; my sanity. So in a way, it’s selfish of me. But then again, to breathe is not considered selfish; it is simply understood as necessary for survival. My head is an explosion of ideas, colours, fragments, the unwritten. Sometimes someone tells […]

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