Writing Prompt – Thursday 24th September 2020

Happy Autumn Equinox! Traditionally, it is a time of harvest – grains and fruits and berries. It can also be a good time to harvest ideas. Look at the changing colours of the fields and hedgerows. Do you notice a different smell in the air? Take photos. Look at colours and textures. Write down what you notice like a sensory map. Create a poem or a flash fiction story. Think of a recipe that uses plums or apples. Create a story around it. What happens next?

Writing Prompt – Thursday 17th September

Create a story that features an unusual method of transport. If you’re stuck for inspiration think about the following:

A hot air balloon (as pictured).

A magic carpet.

A raft.

A spaceship.

A submarine.

A go-kart.

Is it being used as a means of escape from a situation? What happens next?

Writing Prompt – Thursday 10th September

Some UK telephone boxes have been put to different use – like this one in Warwickshire which is a mini library and information centre.

For this week’s prompt, imagine that you visit this and find something unexpected.

What happens next?

Writing Prompt – Thursday 3rd September 2020

There are two parts to this week’s writing prompt.

Firstly, imagine your character looking through a window. What do they see? What is likely to happen next? Take a large sheet of paper and scribble down as many ideas as you can think of.

Secondly, how has your view of the world changed over the last few months? Have your writing goals changed or have you discovered new ones? What would you like to have completed by Christmas?

Writing Prompt – Thursday 27th August

Ignore the wind and the rain outside and have fun creating a ‘twisted fairytale.’ Keep the basic structure but mix up a few of them and add a few different elements.

For instance, what if Goldilocks climbed the beanstalk instead of visiting the cottage where the three bears lived. What happened to the Fairy Godmother after she transformed Cinderella? What if Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood met – would they like each other or not?

Play with ideas – draw a series of pictures if you like or create a collage. Begin with: ‘Once upon a time…’  Did they all live happily ever after?


Writing Prompt – Thursday 20th August

This photo of the River Avon in Worcestershire UK was taken during a day of heavy showers.

For your writing prompt today, think about how a change in the weather could affect the story you’re writing. Agatha Christie made good use of heavy falls of snow to keep characters in their place – usually in a threatening situation.

Think about where the action is taking place, what has happened to the weather, how long is it likely to last and how could it affect the plot of your story. Take a large sheet of paper and scribble down as many ideas as you can. There are no wrong answers – only possibilities!

What is your character going to do? Write down all possible options.

You may find that more than one story emerges. Have fun!


Writing Prompt – Thursday 13th August

For this week’s prompt – go for a walk and take notice of what is happening in the hedgerows. Look at the different berries that are ripening – blackberries, sloes, hawthorn, rosehips and briony berries. Research the superstitions surrounding some of these. What do you remember from when you were a child?

Think about apples and plums ripening in the orchards. Could you set a story in an orchard?

Use the senses when you write!


Writing Prompt – Thursday 6th August

For this week’s writing exercise, I’d like you to think about bridges and tunnels.

You could begin by listing all the bridges you’ve crossed and see where the idea takes you. (It could be a possible theme for a poetry or flash fiction collection).

You could write the word ‘tunnel’ on a large piece of paper and create a spider diagram or mind map. See how many ideas it generates.

You could play the ‘what if’ game. For instance, what if the tunnel was a portal to another world or a different time in history? What happens?

Whatever you do, have fun!

Writing Prompt – Thursday 30th July

We’re just coming up to the time of year called Lammas Tide or Lughnasa. Lammas means ‘loaf mass’ – and is about giving thanks for the harvest.

It’s also a good time to review the harvest of words you’ve created and to think about your writing plans for the future.

Never forget that your writing journey doesn’t have to be the same as anyone else’s. Don’t waste time trying to be a carbon copy of someone else.

Be the best version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to try something different. It may be exactly what everyone is looking for.

Create a short piece of writing beginning with the words: “If I had nothing to fear, I would …’

Writing Prompt – Thursday 23rd July

For this week’s prompt – think of a tree.

What sort of tree is it?

Where is it?

Who planted it – and what was the occasion?

How long did it live? What historical events would it have seen?

What happened to it at the end of its life?

Create a poem or flash fiction story from the ideas you jot down.