Category Archives: Writing challenge

Breathless adventures

It’s a steep climb up that hill… and what lies waiting in the barn? Who’s going to be ready for the surprise? Can they cope with the resulting events? Who’s going to be the hero (or heroine)? Who’s going to … Continue reading

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What a happy crime scene…

What a charming scene, a festive garden party, all summery and joyful. Champagne, feathers, corsets and straw boaters, the click of mallet on croquet ball, bird-like chatter and bell-like giggles as flirting occurs across the bowls of strawberries and cream. How … Continue reading

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Mr and Mrs Cloudface

Do you like seeing faces in clouds? It’s one of my favourite occupations, cloud-watching. And the other evening, two characters emerged from the blueness of the evening sky over my house in Transylvania. Do you see them? The white cloud … Continue reading

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Imagining good and bad

  It’s St Valentine’s Day tomorrow – 14th February – the day which has been colonised and commercialised by the hazy notion of romance. If you don’t spend, you don’t care, and if you’re not in a couple you’re nowhere … Continue reading

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Travelling to your story

The whole process of travel – on public transport, not in a car – is fraught with opportunity for storytellers.  Four flights and two train journeys in three days have made me think about the possibilities for mystery, murder, suspense … Continue reading

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Ideas for a Valentine story – what’s missing?

The product of five minutes’ thought just now: 1. The 10th anniversary of a murder. Woman was stabbed while walking to a restaurant to meet her fiancé. Man was convicted and put away, but it was the wrong man. The … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – half a dozen ideas

How did you do? Did ideas flood into your writer’s mind, or did you get stuck? I’ll time myself and see how I do in 60 seconds – I have no idea… 1. er… blank brain. 1. 20 secs gone… … Continue reading

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