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Reasons To Go Out To Write

Great advice for those, like me, who are easily distracted

Uninspired Writers

Most writers experience procrastination. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the other things you need/want to do, which leads to putting writing to the side. However, I’ve found that a great way to stop that from happening is to go out and write instead. Here’s why;

No home distractions
Yesterday I tidied and cleaned my home, caught up on some television I’d been wanting to watch, did the laundry…and of course these things are important. But the point is, when you’re at home, you’ll always see the housework that needs doing or the TV you could be watching. Being out, in any good place to write, takes away these other options.
novel writingIt feels like a treat
Taking yourself to a cosy coffee shop and enjoying a hot drink and a slice of cake is a treat. If you look at it like that it becomes a…

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Quarterly Short Story Competition from Cranked Anvil

For the short story-writing aficionado, not to be missed.

ShortStops

We are delighted to announce our quarterly short story competition.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words(not including the title). Closing dates are:

30th April
31st July
31st October
31st January

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.
Entry fees:
£5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

Prizes
1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which shortlisted stories from each competition will be published.

Full details of the competition, how to enter, and competition rules, can be found on our website.

Good luck!

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Popular 1980s Fantasy Novels

I can think of no better collection to seek out, sit back, and enjoy the journey.

Thoughts on Fantasy

After the boom of the 60s and 70s the fantasy genre continued to enjoy mainstream popularity, with many 80s authors branching into new sub-genres and styles.  Fantasy tropes were so established that works of comic fantasy, which poked fun at them and were humorous in tone, became increasingly popular. Urban fantasy as we now know it also had its early roots in this decade.

Below I’ve listed what I believe to be the 12 most popular or influential fantasy novels published between 1980 and 1990. I’ve tried to use the original cover from that year where possible. Series titles are included in brackets:

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March 19, 2019 · 3:54 pm

Photo prompt round-up: Tranquil #writephoto

Over 50 have joined in this week, great stuff and great fun to read or write.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Time
Passing
Ceaselessly
Caught by the stream
Flotsam and jetsom
Spiralling whirpools
Memories reflect themselves
In silent and unruffled pools
The river flows heedlessly onwards
Our tears and laughter define its essence

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the banks of the river Wharfe in Ilkley, Yorkshire.The light in the photograph is strange and otherwordly. Careful editing would have corrected it, but I loved the lilac cast as a prompt.

Ilkley is a place I have loved all my life, mostly for the moors above the town and the memories that haunt every pathway… memories both my own and those of the far distant past of my people.

The rover that runs through the valley below is also a very special place. I paddled in its swift waters as a child, and as a woman watched herons fishing there. It was also one of the…

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Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #9

A wealth of helpful information for the perhaps as yet unpublished but aspiring wordsmith,

Curious-Authentic Ink: The Blog

Writer Opps Wednesday today brings you an Emerging Writers Contest; a Screenplay Writers Contest; a link to a great site that lists 33 children’s book publishers looking for submissions; a magazine looking for submissions on three themes, and an acoustic music festival delighted to welcome spoken word performers, poets, storytellers, anyone, in fact, with text based art they can perform to add to, and enrich, the music.

The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

The Emerging Writer’s contest is open from March 1, 2019 at noon EST until May 15, 2019 at noon EST.
Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more.
In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #244 Sound&Motion

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Across the wide sound,

dark ripples stirred  to motion,

storm winds approaching

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I Want to Follow You [on Twitter]!

Open up your friends and follower base with this simple idea.

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Forthcoming Poetry Reading and a “Selected Poems”

A great treat for all involved I’m sure

K Morris - Poet

On Wednesday 13 March, I shall be giving a private poetry reading, along with several other poets. I have a slot of 15 minutes to fill, and I am in the process of determining which of my poems to read. Thus far I have decided to recite the below poems:

Wood in the Rain

The Poet and the Workman

https://kmorrispoet.com/2017/09/18/from-my-archives-kipling-may-regret/.

I shall be spending part of my weekend in deciding which of my other poems to read.

Sorting through my work kindles in me a desire to publish a “selected Poems”. This is, I think a longer-term project requiring considerable thought and much burning of the midnight oil. It is, nonetheless something on which my heart is set.

Kevin

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Fictive Dream Call for Submissions

The regular call for submissions from Fictive Dream

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Fictive Dream is open to submissions and, as always, we’re interested in short stories with a contemporary feel (500 – 2,500 words). We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition; stories that focus on those moments that change people’s lives. They may be on any subject. They may be challenging, dramatic, playful, exhilarating or cryptic. Above all, they must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out the Fictive Dream website here.

Look at our submission guidelines here.

We’re looking forward to receiving your best work!

Laura Black
Editor

Website www.fictivedream.com
Twitter @fictivedream
Instagram fictive.dream

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Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – Moving Photographs from the last 100 years.

Iconic moments caught on camera of ordinary men and women who got caught up in extraordinary situations

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I found this video very moving and emotional…I am sure you will too..  courtesy of PERFECT LIFE

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