Monthly Archives: July 2015

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The Story of the Four

Here’s my latest from Flash!Friday 3-32, inspired by, as the directions stated, Orwell’s 1984. Having to incorporate 2 of the stories elements, I chose the theme of totalitarianism/censorship and a dystopian future.


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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 20 July 2015

Morgen 'with an e' Bailey

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 653: Monday 20th July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: valuation, manager, sale, fixed, six
  2. Random: can’t be improved
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – someone is…

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Elbow Room Competition


We at Elbow Room have decided to celebrate the diversity and talent we have encountered over three delightful and successful years. We are inviting artists and writers from across the arts to submit work to our inaugural competition, which will culminate in a special event and publication. The competition launched on the 1st of June and, closing on the 16th of August, currently has one month left. We are delighted by the responses so far.

Watching our daily page hits climb and climb and our first entries start to come in feels like the beginning of something very special. Since launching we have had over 2000 page hits from more than a 1000 visitors to the website. Thats quadruple the number of people visiting the site than the month before. But we want still more people to know and so are trying to get the word out about the competition out as far and wide as possible. If anyone has…

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Pointing Fingers

A great example of flash fiction leaving you to tell the story within a story

Precisely 25

The dog knocked over the lamp, but Mom blamed me. You’re the reason he left, she went on. Nobody wants a klutz for a son.

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Poem Pigeon | Share an existing poem

Poem Pigeon | Share an existing poem.

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Visualizing Words and Worlds by Andrew Zornoza

Visualizing Words and Worlds by Andrew Zornoza.

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