Month: July 2014

Writing Exercise: “Say again”

  I don’t know about you, but it really grinds my nerves when I am immersed in a wonderfully written story only to get distracted by the authors usage of a cliches and predictable  metaphors. These things are like jarring fists to the brain…at least in my opinion. Worst of all, as a writer myself, sometimes I am guilty of doing this; “Stick out like a sore thumb,” “One fell swoop,” “Cry over spilled milk” “Like a bat out of hell.” I think you get the picture. (Yet another overused cliche  to drive home the point. ) ARRRGGGH! It just keeps happening!” In this Writing Exercise to do exactly what the picture to the left says; stop, look, listen…and Beware of trains. Yes, trains, the cliches and overused metaphors are TRAINS! They are dangerous when not driven with care. But stop and think about what you are saying. Look at the imagery that you are creating, and listen to what it is that you have finished saying. EXERCISE: 1. Take the time and choose an …

Writing Prompt: Person, Place and Thing

Writing Prompt: Person, Place & Thing TIME LIMIT: 45 min to 50 min CHALLENGE: Nouns are such lovely things…or not things 😉 In this challenge we will gather random nouns and in 45 minutes create a poem or short story involving them. If you need any help with your choices visit my Pinterest page for some help. Follow the LINK. I have a collection of places to choose from, found on my “places of inspiration” board.  The Challenge sounds obvious but I assure you there is a bit of fun involved. RULES: Persons: Choose 5 names. Make up 5 names, male and female for  a total of 5 altogether. Write them down on five pieces of paper and set them in a pile. (or gather 5 images of people off the net that peak your interest, and put their images in a pile. (Make sure the contents of each page is hidden from your view.) Places: Choose 5 places and write them down on 5 slips of paper and set those in a pile. (Think …