Friday Fiction – The Bench


Is it Friday already? Wow, that week went quick 🙂

Today’s piece of fiction was prompted by this photo…

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A big thank you to Dominic de Mattos for allowing me to use it here…

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Turn Your Living Room Into A Coffee Shop


I’m passionate about Nano “Write Ins” 🙂 A group of writers, in a coffee shop (pub, bar, open space) all sitting hunched over their laptops, trying to write as many words as possible during a 15 or 20 minute writing sprint. Trust me, it really does work (I’m going to one tonight!) and we have continued with these sprints, “virtually” on our Facebook group since last November.

But if you really want a bit more atmosphere and can’t get out to one of your local “write in’s”…

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The Creative Writing Coursebook


Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who offered words of advice to my post last week, Do I Really Need A Creative Writing Qualification? Your views kind of confirmed what i already knew deep down…i don’t need one, as such, but if i ever wanted to teach creative writing it would be a good idea. Other than that i could probably get what I’m looking for in other courses but i still think it would look good on my CV 😉

So i’ll do what i normally do with these types of quandaries…i’ll stick it on the top shelf, let it gather dust for a bit then take it down in about a years time when I’m spring cleaning *sniggers*

In the meantime, I’m trying to move forward…

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Friday Fiction


To keep my brain ticking over I’ve decided to do a prompt every Friday morning. I have to admit that I’ve blatantly stolen the idea from the Friday Fictioneers 🙂

Todays piece is inspired by this photo, which i took whilst taking tea (get me!) at Fortnum & Masons last month.

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It inspired a character more than an actual story…

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Do I Really Need A “Creative Writing” Qualification?


Prompted by a conversation with my writing friends last night, this morning, i spent some time Googling Creative Writing Degree & MA courses here in the UK.

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Back in 2012 i started the BA course with The Open College and although i enjoyed my first year, i didn’t continue onto the 2nd year, for 2 reasons:

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Turn Your Concerns Into Stories


One of the exercises on the Future Learn course this week is to make a list of our “concerns” as this will help us build up a self-portrait of who we are as writers. It will also help us to become clearer about what matters to us, as these subjects are bound to crop up in our writing.

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Ok, well you know me, I’m game…heres my list…

  • The safety of my family
  • Sleep problems
  • Fear of death
  • Love and protection of animals
  • Hatred of infidelity
  • An interest in the supernatural
  • What makes people tick
  • Cooking/Baking
  • The Victorian Period
  • Memories
  • Art
  • Love
  • Good over riding Evil

Wow, thats a big old list lol…but im sure i can just keep adding to it. So what does that list indicate about me as a writer do you think?

What would be on your list?