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23 Essential Writing Quotes from Ernest Hemingway


Got the dreaded writer’s block again? Worry not! Get over to The Write Practice and read these 23 essential writing quotes from Hemingway  they should help get your creative juices flowing back through your pen….

Six Unusual Writing Studios


How wonderful and inspiring to see how other writers work and are inspired by these Six Unusual Writing Studios. we stumbled upon at Something to Write Home About – Jean Fischer’s brilliant blog.

Writer’s Block?


Then why not read these 30 indispensable Writing Tips from Famous Authors on Buzzfeed. Get some tips and inspiration from some of the world famous experts!

News Flash Writing Exercise

Today’s writing exercise is about ‘News’ from Open Age’s Creative Writing Phone group led by tutor and writer Robert Silver.
For your assignment write about an even in your life or someone else’s as a news story – 250 words max
The three most important things about news are
1) It’s always written in the third person (i.e. he, she or they – never I or we)
2) The most important bit of information goes in the first sentence. (No soft lead ins or making your reader wait, you just state it as it is)
3) No opinions (That’s going to be tough for us)
Also – don’t forget my friends the 5 W’s:
Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?
Answer those questions – not necessarily in that order – and you’re half way there.
Writing News – Some Rules. 1. News stories are always written in the third person.2. The most important information goes at the top of the story.

3. This lead should be a single sentence which contains all the relevant information. E.g. Eighteen people were rescued from a burning factory by a stray sheepdog.

4. Keep paragraphs down to one or two sentences.

5. Keep sentences short.

6. Keep the language simple.

7. In Associated Press style, punctuation almost always goes inside quotation marks. Example: “We arrested the suspect,” Detective John Jones said. (Note the placement of the comma.)

8. News stories are written in the past tense.

9. News stories do not contain opinion. Avoid words (particularly adjectives) that imply that the writer has one.

10. Opinions can be quoted.

11. When you first refer to someone who’s quoted in a story, use their full name and job title if applicable. On the second and all subsequent references, use just their last name.

Bicycle Stories…


Do you have a bicycle story?

Either about yourself or your experience of bicycles?

Ideas, thoughts, stories about bicycles, fiction or non-fiction…

Did you learn to ride a bicycle as a child? As an adult?

Or never?

Let the wheels of your imagination guide you and write a short story, a long story, a poem, or a rant even:

about bicycles…

Please share it with us if you do!

Creative Writing Competition Resource


At Book Trust you can find an excellent resource for Creative Writing Competitions.

Click Here to see more!

Wattpad – The World’s Largest Community of Readers & Writers


Would you like to share your writing with the wider world? Would you like to read other people’s stories? Then check out Wattpad – it’s a wonderful website and social community where you can upload your writings to share with others, read others’ work, exchange ideas, inspire and be inspired, give and receive constructive feedback, and much much more!

Storytelling Redefined

How to start a story…


While surfing the net through Stumbleupon I was greeted by this fantastic post written by Graeme Shimmin – who takes inspiration from Ernest Hemmingway – “All you have to do is write one true sentence write the truest sentence you know.”

“Trying to start writing a story is a daunting prospect. Whether it’s a short story or a novel, sometimes it’s putting the first few words on the page that’s difficult. If we aren’t careful we can end up just staring at a blank screen because we don’t even know how to start the story.

I used to have the same problem. Now people say, “Where do you get so many ideas from?”

There’s a trick to starting a story that I can share with you and I got it from Ernest Hemingway.”

Click here for the full article by Graeme Shimmin.


Easter Creative Writing Ideas


Have you got writer’s block? Do you have some free time to indulge in a spot of creative writing this Easter break and need a little inspiration?!

Here are 10 super Easter Creative Writing prompts by Bryan Cohen we discovered on the Build Creative Writing Ideas Blog. If you enjoyed these prompts, the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays is available for purchase on Amazon.

671. What is the best treat you could ever hope to find in an Easter egg? How excited would you be if you actually found it and what would you do with such a prize? What would make the treat so special?

672. You hear a knock on your front door and it’s the Easter Bunny! He says that he’s extremely tired and could use some motivation to keep delivering Easter baskets around the world. What do you say to the Easter Bunny to give him the pep talk he needs?

673. Describe the most colorful Easter egg you’ve ever seen. What are all the different colors represented and how would you describe the pretty pattern if there is one?

674. Imagine that the animal of the holiday was not a bunny at all but some other animal entirely. What animal would you choose to be the face of the holiday and why? What are some of the other ways the holiday would change with this new and improved animal?

675. Easter is one of the biggest holidays of the spring season. What is the thing you like the most about spring and why? What is the thing you like the least about spring and why don’t you like it?

676. It’s a tradition for people to try to wear some of their finest clothing during the holiday for Church services. What do you think your Easter outfit would look like if you were trying to look your best? How would you try to spice it up to make it more interesting and why?

677. What kind of candies and toys would make up your perfect holiday basket? Why would you choose those items specifically?

678. Create a made-up story using the following words: bunny, egg, bonnet, and sunshine.

679. You and three of your friends have gained entry into a worldwide Easter egg hunt with a big cash prize! Describe the hunt from beginning to end, including whether or not your team is the winner.

680. While the holiday is full of candy eggs and decorative eggs, sometimes the best kind of egg is one you cook. What is the tastiest kind of egg you’ve ever had and why was it so good? What are some other foods that have eggs in them that you enjoy?

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