Virtual Writers Group

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Welcome to our ‘Virtual Writers Group’.

As we learn to readjust our lives in uncertain times I am of an age where government and health advice determines that I stay at home and isolate myself from as much social interaction as possible. This has meant closing down our monthly ‘Stockton Heath Writers Group’.

So, while I have more time to write I have lost the chance to share my writings and writing journey with my fellow local writers – hence the ‘Virtual Writers Group’.

It is my plan to post, on a regular basis, anything I can come up with that is related to ‘writing’. It might be a piece of writing news I’ve stumbled upon; a prompt or two; a chance to share with you some of my writing and anything else that com es to mind.

My hope is that you will join me on this journey by letting me know what you think in the comments section below; joining in with the writing prompts; share some of your own writing; share with us anything else that is writing related such as a launch of a book or success in a writing competition.

So, let’s get started…

Flash Fiction

Those that know me know I have a passion for writing short stories – the shorter the better! Flash fiction comes in a number of different guises and with some unusual names. Here are a few…

  • Drabbles – 100-word story. the 100-word format was established by the Birmingham University SF Society, taking a term from Monty Python’s 1971 Big Red Book. In the book, “Drabble” was described as a word game where the first participant to write a novel was the winner. In order to make the game possible in the real world, it was agreed that 100 words would suffice.
  • Dribble or Mini Saga – exactly 50-words long. I like the fact that you can just about squeeze these into a Tweet.
  • Postcard Fiction – as the name suggests, a short story that fits onto a postcard. Each day of 2015 Jan Carson wrote a short story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. Each of these tiny stories was inspired by an event, an overheard conversation, a piece of art or just a fleeting glance of something worth thinking about further.
  • Hint Fiction – a story in 25-words or less. One of my favourites. In fact I put a Hint Fiction prompt on Twitter every day. Why not have a try? You can find me @mj51day
  • 75-Word Stories – a great place to end yours is Paragraph Planet.
  • Twitterature – there are lots of prompts on Twitter for very short stories. Have a look at some of these hashtags – #hangtenstories. #Storyin12
  • Six-Word Stories – allegedly started by Ernest Hemingway as a bet! He came up with “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” There is a great site on the Internet that let’s you post your own – Six-Word Memoirs

Today’s Prompt

Choose one of the flash fiction styles/format from above and write a piece of flash fiction. Include it in the comments below and see what feedback you get.

To add some challenge you need to include the word ‘stone’ in your story. Here is mine. It’s a 75-word story and was recently published by Paragraph Planet.

My fingers wrap around the stone in my pocket, your sticky blood still warm to the touch. I was going to throw it in the lake, alongside your bound and weighted body, but I kept it instead. A reminder of the day you were finally out of my life. I’m thinking of putting it on the mantelpiece, alongside that hideous clock your mother gave us as a wedding present. Like our marriage, it never worked. 

Have fun and please let me know if there is anything you want to be included in the ‘Virtual Writers Group.

8 comments

    1. Thanks Colin. These are unprecedented times and the more we can do to support one another the better. I hope we might see one or two of your poems in the comments section at some time.

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  1. I represent the other end of the spectrum. 72 years on the planet, social security every mo. 1kish, and 50 years of teaching in the United States, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Japan. Also about 5 years on another planet, Kansas City academy, in KCMO.
    Warn: U tink Twi -Zone ???
    Stranger danger ahead!

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  2. Here is another on my 75-word stories. This one is a piece of dialogue. Let me know what you think.

    “In case you’re wondering kid, that chocolate éclair’s got my name on it. Touch it and I’ll have your fingers off!”

    “Mum! Aunt Sally’s dog said he’s going to bite me. Says the chocolate éclair’s his.”

    “Don’t be silly dear, little Henry can’t talk, he’s a dog. Now go and play nicely. And don’t feed him any cake. Aunt Sally has him on a diet.”

    “Well kid, what’s it going to be, cake or fingers?”

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  3. I love to write but try as I might
    The words won’t come to my mind
    Write about what? Imagination is hot
    But words won’t form in my mind
    Writer’s Block it’s not,
    It’s choosing just where to start
    My Muse is confused
    So I’ll write from the heart
    Aim to impart the joy that comes with success
    Let words guide my fingers, let images linger
    Let emotions fill everyone’s soul
    Give me words to inspire, set readers on fire
    Yes, that must be my goal.
    s

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