Bite Size Writing Tips

Write About…Your Own Experiences

Open up any of the women’s weeklies and you’ll see pages and pages of true-life stories. These range from stories about ‘my operation’, to overcoming an illness/divorce/death in the family, to doing something special, to an amusing pet story. If you did something a little different for your 40th/50th/60th/70th birthday, you could write up your own story for one of the magazines. Similarly a woman’s weekly would love to hear about how you recovered from life threatening surgery and went on to have a baby/jump out of a plane/gain a well-earned degree. Your experience needn’t be sensational. True, the magazines do feature many jaw dropping stories, but they also publish lots of heart-warming ones. 

There are plenty of other magazines that want to know about your experiences e.g. there are several cat and dog magazines which invite owners’ stories. Or if keeping chickens is more your thing, there’s a growing number of smallholder magazines crying out for useful information and advice.

It’s easy to overlook your experiences and to believe that no one would want to hear about them. But be assured, they certainly do e.g. if you volunteer for a charity on a regular basis or were made redundant and have started your own business, one of the women’s glossies is likely to want to hear about it.   

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Guest Writer Spot

When I set my recent New Year challenge, a writer called Joy Lennick contacted me and sent me some of her wonderful poems. They weren’t on the subject of the challenge, but she wondered if I’d like to feature them on my blog. Of course I would! Enjoy 🙂

BREAKING THE SAMENESS
She knew she shouldn’t be there…
He – eyes like a Spanish summer sky –
ravished her with an
avalanche look
she would remember for ever.

The Jacob’s coat he wore,
pungent aroma of white spirit;
alien glances of Bohemian friends…
brushes, assorted,
laid in an orderly row –
like hairy soldiers waiting to
go on duty –
intruded on the dusting,
the washing-up,
the ironing.

Perhaps those eyes
would ravish her again
tonight….
She smiled and basted the
lamb.

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FAT LADY FROM CHEAM

There was a fat lady from Cheam
who dreamt a ‘chocolate cream’ dream.
Then, with calories loaded,
she simply exploded,
and never again was she seen.

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THIN LADY FROM CHEAM
There was a thin lady from Cheam
who wrote much graffiti, obscene…
She was caught in the act,
with her tools all intact,
and was told quite severely, ‘Now clean!’

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THE BEST PILL OF ALL
A course of drugs?
A placebo, maybe?
Or just a funny rhyme?
On consideration and rumination,
the latter will be just fine.

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If you’d like to read more of Joy’s work, please visit her blog.

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I Challenge You To…

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Did any of you make a New Year’s Resolution? I’d love to know if you did and what it is if so. Or if you’d prefer, make it up, in the form of a limerick, poem, short story or article. So my challenge for you this week is a continuation of last week’s:

New Year Resolutions

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Need inspiration for how to open a short story?

Dialogue is a great tool:

 “Leave me alone! I hate you and I’ll never forgive you,” she spat, her lips quivering.  

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know. It wasn’t my fault,” the man said, tears in his eyes.

See how, as a reader, you’re privy to this conversation taking place and already feel part of the story. Your interest is also piqued. What did the man do? Did he mean to do it? Was it really that bad?

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Funny Of The Week

Well, that’s helpful…

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I Challenge You To…

Well, Christmas is over (I hope you all had a good one) and so the countdown to the New Year is on. So my challenge for this week is:

New Year Resolutions

Limericks, poems, short stories… I’d like to see anything and everything!

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Funny Of The Week

Well, that clears that up then…

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