Wednesday writing prompts

(Image by JohnNico from Pixabay) I’m away this week, but here’s one I prepared earlier. Short and sweet once again, but here are this week’s writing prompts. The Swallow Sidecar Company One hundred years ago next year, on 4 September 1922, William Walmsley and William Lyons founded the Swallow Sidecar Company in Blackpool. It was later to become Jaguar Cars. What can you find out about either Walmsley or Lyons? What else were they known for? Where were they born? Where did they die? […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Roughly every 5 years the Atacama desert in Chile is in bloom, but not in this picture. (Image by Katrin Schulz from Pixabay) I missed another week, so here is another list of dates, this time for the second half of the month, for you to research and brainstorm for yourselves. Choose a topical date or an evergreen, and consider writing an article, a short story, or something longer. There’s time, after all. 16 August Twenty years ago next year, on 16 […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

8 August is International Cat Day (Image by Pexels from Pixabay) I missed last week, so here is a list of dates for the first half of the month for you to research and brainstorm for yourselves. Choose a topical date or an evergreen, and consider writing an article, a short story, or something longer. There’s time, after all. 1 August Evergreen: Lammastide Evergreen: Yorkshire Day Fifty years ago next year, on 1 August 1972, the first article exposing the […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

007 meets Queen Elizabeth II Ten years ago next year, on 27 July 2012, secret agent James Bond escorted Queen Elizabeth II to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. It was such a scoop getting both Her Majesty and 007 together. The organisers must have been so proud of themselves. What do you think would happen if a secret agent really did land in the office of the Queen of England? Why would he be there? (Other than to […]

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Image by Lee Sommers from Pixabay Commercial whaling ban Forty years ago next year, on 23 July 1982, the International Whaling Commission voted for a total ban on commercial whaling from 1985. How did that go? How long did it last? Is it still in place? What was the background behind the ban? You could approach this topic in several ways. You could: do a profile on the International Whaling Commission interview three people: an official from the IWC; a […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Barbara Dougherty from Pixabay I’m a bit flat out this week, so I only have the prompts for you with just a few suggestions. 1st expedition to the South Pole One hundred and fifty years ago next year, on 16 July 1872, Norwegian Roald Amundsen led the first expedition to the South Pole. What can you find out about Amundsen? What else did he do? Where did he live? Where was he born? Where did he die? Can […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by MasterTux from Pixabay Each of this week’s writing ideas is linked to another one, so here, for a change, are three pairs. Roswell incident + Roswell broadcast Seventy-five years ago next year, on 7 July 1947, there was alleged to have been a UFO (unidentified flying object) incident in Roswell, New Mexico. The following day, on 8 July 1947, reports were actually broadcast that a UFO had crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I could […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay Up, up and away Here are two ideas that sort of come under the same umbrella. Forty years ago next year, on 2 July 1982, a chap by the name of Larry Walters apparently attached 42 helium balloons to a patio (lawn) chair and rose to 16,000 feet during a 45-minute (illegal) flight. Twenty years ago next year, also on 2 July, but this time in 2002, another chap, this one called Steve Fossett, […]

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Image by lucatelles from Pixabay The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau Twenty-five years ago next year, on 25 June 1997, marine conservationist and legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau died at the age of 87. I remember watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau on the telly, and also I remember that he had something to do with the whales in the St Lawrence Seaway on the east coast of Canada. What I didn’t know was that he was a co-pioneer of the […]

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Image by Terri Stalons from Pixabay The Falklands Conflict Forty years ago next year, on 14 June 1982, The Falklands War ended. I’m old enough to remember when the Falklands War broke out and when it ended. I personally believe that had it not been for this conflict, our then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, would have been overthrown a lot sooner than she was. I think it was the making of her and, regardless of my own personal opinions, I […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Flybynight from Pixabay Choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction, topical but no evergreens this time. Judy Garland One hundred years ago next year, on 10 June 1922, Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Her real name was Frances Gumm. She died only 47 years later in London. What can you find out about Judy Garland and her childhood? How did she come to be in movies? Where did she get her […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts (on Thursday)

Image by waldiwkl from Pixabay I’m a day late this week but, hey, better late than never. Choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. The Queen’s platinum jubilee Next year, on 2 June 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her platinum jubilee. Although her coronation did not take place until 2 June 1953, she actually became queen the year before when her father, King George VI, died in February. Not only is […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Nicole Pankalla from Pixabay I skipped a week last week, so here’s a bumper crop for this week. With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. Oscar Wilde One hundred and twenty-five years ago next year, on 19 May 1897, Oscar Wilde was released after […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Alexander Lesnitsky from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. First wireless telegraph One hundred and twenty-five years ago next year, on 14 May 1897, Marconi sent the first ever communication by wireless telegraph. What do we know about Marconi? Where was he […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by falco from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. These are all evergreens this week, and there are no November throwaways yet, as I haven’t had chance to examine November in detail. Liberation Day: Jersey & Guernsey Sunday 9 May is Liberation Day […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Dave Francis from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. May Day This coming Saturday is 1 May. Historically, that’s May Day, and more recently it’s become Labour Day. It’s also our wedding anniversary! What is it called where you live? Do you […]

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Wednesday Writing Prompts

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. St George St George is the patron saint of England and it’s St George’s Day on 23 April every year. That makes it an evergreen. What do we know about St George? What […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. This week’s prompts are all about space. Yuri Gagarin Sixty years ago next year, on 12 April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. Write an article about this […]

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Wednesday writing prompts + October throwaways

Image by Peter H from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. Henry Ford Seventy-five years ago next year, on 7 April 1947, Henry Ford died. There are so many topics you can write about around this anniversary. What was Henry Ford known for? Where […]

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Wednesday writing prompts + September throwaways

Image by silviarita from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. Easter Here’s an evergreen, although the date does fluctuate from year to year, so do your research for next year. This Friday, 2 April, is Good Friday. Sunday is Easter Day. And Friday and […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Oh, look! Another image by Gerd Altmann … he’s going to start charging me soon! With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. British Summer Time The clocks go forward in the UK this weekend. Or do they go back? I’m […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Please Don’t sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. The Godfather Fifty years ago next year, on 15 March 1972, The Godfather premiered. Who starred in this iconic film*? What else have they appeared in? Did any of […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Phoenix, Arizona. Image by samuriah from Pixabay This week we have one story idea for next year and two evergreens. With the new regime, I don’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I think you have the gist of things by now. Simply choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen. The Phoenix Lights Twenty-five years ago next year, on 13 March 1997, some strange lights began to appear in the sky […]

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Image by Carrie Z from Pixabay I couldn’t find anything very cheerful to write about this week, so here are two dark topics and an evergreen. Texas trial: Andrea Yates Twenty years ago next year, on 7 March 2002, the defence rested in the Andrea Yates trial in Texas. She was found guilty of capital murder, for drowning her five children in a bath. However, the jury refused her the death penalty. Four years later at her retrial, she was […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Yellowstone Park Image by David Mark from Pixabay Here’s another one for next year, so you have plenty of time to research it, pitch it, write it, and submit it. One hundred and fifty years ago next year, on 1 March 1872,  Yellowstone National Park was established by President Ulysses S Grant. What can you find out about this park? What is it known for? What wildlife can be found there? What else is there of interest? Following a very […]

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Image by Jörg Petersen from Pixabay Here’s one for next year, so you have plenty of time to research it, pitch it, write it, and submit it. Fifty years ago next year, on 17 February 1972,  the VW Beetle overtook the Model T Ford as the world’s bestselling car. What was it about this little car that was so popular? After all, the boot (trunk) was under the bonnet (hood), the engine was in the boot (trunk), and it was […]

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Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay Twenty-five years ago today, on 10 February 1996,  world chess champion Garry Kasparov apparently lost the first game of a six-game chess match against an IBM computer called Deep Blue. Although it is too late to write this one up as an anniversary piece for this year, chess can still play a big part in both fiction and non-fiction. There’s even a play about it! And a TV film. And it doesn’t matter if it […]

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Wednesday writing prompt

Image by shedreamsinpink from Pixabay Okay, this one’s a good one … or I think it is at least. Fifty years ago next year, on 24 January 1972, a Second World War Japanese soldier was found hiding on Guam, an island in the North Pacific. There is so much information available about this event if you do your research and dig deep. Article and non-fiction book ideas include travel, history, military, etc. Short story and novel ideas are limitless. So, you […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay Forty years ago yesterday, on 12 January 1981, Dynasty aired for the first time. This had me looking for pictures I could use from the show, but of course, they’re all copyright protected. What the search did bring up was lots of Chinese images. And that reminded me that in almost a month to the day’s time, on 12 February, it will be the Chinese new year. There is still time to write something about […]

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New! Writing prompts

Image by adriankirby from Pixabay I’m slap bang in the middle of planning work for next year, both for the blog and for my workload. But I wanted to test-run a new feature on the blog. One of my most popular blog topics has always been the one about ideas, so I’m going to introduce it again. But for 2021 it’s going to be slightly different. If I’m busy doing other stuff, if I don’t have another kind of blog […]

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