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Writing Prompts for August Stories
Every month I do a think/write/submit writing exercise. I usually ‘think’ around 6 months ahead, but I’m STILL catching up. So while in March I’d normally be ‘thinking’ September, ‘writing’ August and ‘submitting’ July, I’m still only on ‘thinking’ August.
Pippa & Davey Forever
As the condensation started to clear, Pippa peered at her reflection in the bathroom mirror and she caught sight of the blurred but still garish mark on her upper arm. The once-bright colour had faded long ago to an ugly blue-green. She allowed the fingers of her other hand to trace the blue-black outline that remained. The tattoo was so old and faded now, this was the only time she even remembered it was still there — when she glimpsed it in the mirror.
Using the Novelist app
There are times when I am out and about and I don't have my notebook or my laptop with me but I suddenly find I have time when I could be writing. Actually, those times are more often than not and I usually end up playing a game on my phone or checking and rechecking social media even though nothing is likely to have changed in the previous five minutes.
Writing Prompts for July Stories
Every month I do a think/write/submit writing exercise. I usually 'think' around 6 months ahead, but I'm STILL catching up. So while in March (well, hello March!) I'd normally be 'thinking' September, 'writing' August and 'submitting' July, I'm still only on 'thinking' July.
Writing prompts for June stories
Every month I do a think/write/submit writing exercise. I usually 'think' around 6 months ahead, but I'm catching up a bit. So while in February I'd normally be 'thinking' August, 'writing' July and 'submitting' June, I'm still only on 'thinking' June, but at least I'm catching up.
Alexandra's Ragtag Band
Toby the black Labrador was easy to see in his hi-vis bright yellow harness and jacket. So that he wasn’t mistaken for a guide dog for the blind, the word POLICE was emblazoned across the back of the dog coat in silver-grey luminous capital letters. Many passengers using the railway station still wanted to pet and stroke him. It was easy to forget that he was actually working and he carried out his duties admirably on that Friday evening at King’s Cross Station in London.
"I think there's a jay in the garden," I said. "Are you sure?" asked my husband, and he came to see for himself. He could not be certain either, and that was the problem. The bird was a beautiful buff-pink with white flashes on the wings and a few blue feathers. It was merrily eating all of the peanuts, so quite clearly it was a jay… or was it?
In search of Gaudi
My divorce was looming and I didn’t want to sit around waiting for it to happen, I wanted to do something to take my mind off things. I hadn’t had a holiday in two years and the offer was simply too good to miss. Only £180 for a week, half board, on mainland Spain. The date was slap bang when my decree absolute was due. It was meant to be.
Writing prompts for May stories
Every month I do a think/write/submit writing exercise. I usually ‘think’ around 6 months ahead, but I’m catching up a bit. So while I’d normally be ‘thinking’ August, ‘writing’ July and ‘submitting’ June, I’m still only on May.