Monthly Archives: April 2016

Weekly writing prompt #2

Five people in a car

Look around the room you’re in and pick out an object. Think about the person who might own that object. What is their name? How did they come to own this object? What do they use it for? Either write a set of bullet points, a short story or a monologue from the point of […]

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The secret to writing a news story

Drawing of a pyramid

Writing news articles is a useful skill for any blogger or aspiring copywriter to learn. Sadly, I can’t take full credit for this tip – it was given to me by my newswriting lecturer whilst I was studying at university. It’s called the ‘inverted pyramid’. The inverted pyramid Imagine a triangle with its point facing […]

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Weekly writing prompt #1

Map reading from a balloon

Point to a map and write about visiting that place. Describe how the atmosphere, the sounds, the smell. What are you doing there? Who do you meet? Give yourself either 5, 10 or 15 minutes to complete this task. Why use writing prompts? Writing exercises can be a useful chance to try out techniques or […]

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How writing exercises can improve your work

Men doing stretches, 1898

I have always been the kind of writer who likes to jump straight into the work. For me, writing exercises were a distraction. Until I joined a playwriting group. Suddenly, quick exercises weren’t a hindrance – they were an asset. A chance to put pressures to one side, roll up my sleeves and get creative. […]

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Writer’s block: 5 Nifty Ways to Beat it

A drawing on a wall

If you can’t seem to find the right words, then these quick tips may be the answer you’re looking for.

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