Non-fiction exercises: w/c 26 October 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs.

In a new series on this blog, here are some exercises, one per day (or you could mix them!) to write non-fiction (or fictional) pieces about…

  • 691 magnifying glass 583124Monday 26th October: ten times as many
  • Tuesday 27th October: a smudge
  • Wednesday 28th October: bad breath
  • Thursday 29th October: this picture
  • Friday 30th October: quitting smoking
  • Saturday 31st October: a craving
  • Sunday 1st November: pick an item from today’s news

Tips

  • Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  • Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  • Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: have someone striding instead of walking confidently.
  • Only use repetition to emphasise.
  • When you’ve finished the first draft, read the piece aloud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course! You could then submit your piece to somewhere listed on Submissions – non-fiction.
  • And there are loads more writing tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101.

Pictures above courtesy of morguefile.com

You can subscribe to my main blog on your Kindle / Kindle app via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything (see the main blog’s right-hand vertical menu).

You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping Listvarious short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and if you like the blogs, you can help me keep it running by donating. Thank you.

Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.

Non-fiction exercises: w/c 19 October 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs.

In a new series on this blog, here are some exercises, one per day to write a non-fiction piece about…

  • 690 Lottery 899264Monday 19th October: eating the right way
  • Tuesday 20th October: staying still
  • Wednesday 21st October: a cufflink
  • Thursday 22nd October: this picture
  • Friday 23rd October: walking on the beach
  • Saturday 24th October: an Americanism
  • Sunday 25th October: pick an item from today’s news

Tips

  • Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  • Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  • Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: have someone striding instead of walking confidently.
  • Only use repetition to emphasise.
  • When you’ve finished the first draft, read the piece aloud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course! You could then submit your piece to somewhere listed on Submissions – non-fiction.
  • And there are loads more writing tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101.

Pictures above courtesy of morguefile.com

You can subscribe to my main blog on your Kindle / Kindle app via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything (see the main blog’s right-hand vertical menu).

You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping Listvarious short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and if you like the blogs, you can help me keep it running by donating. Thank you.

Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.

Non-fiction exercises: w/c 12 October 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs.

In a new series on this blog, here are some exercises, one per day to write a non-fiction piece about…

  • 688 letter 955564Monday 12th October: a sea view
  • Tuesday 13th October: a traffic jam
  • Wednesday 14th October: 43 minutes
  • Thursday 15th October: this picture
  • Friday 16th October: waking on the sofa
  • Saturday 17th October: a bunch of flowers
  • Sunday 18th October: pick an item from today’s news

Tips

  • Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  • Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  • Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: have someone striding instead of walking confidently.
  • Only use repetition to emphasise.
  • When you’ve finished the first draft, read the piece aloud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course! You could then submit your piece to somewhere listed on Submissions – non-fiction.
  • And there are loads more writing tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101.

Pictures above courtesy of morguefile.com

You can subscribe to my main blog on your Kindle / Kindle app via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything (see the main blog’s right-hand vertical menu).

You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping Listvarious short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and if you like the blogs, you can help me keep it running by donating. Thank you.

Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.