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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Don’t want to

(Image by Jill Heyer from Pixabay) I’m a bit demob happy this week, as we break up for a week’s holiday on Friday (first holiday in more than two years!). I’ve also been feeling a bit demotivated. I think the two may be connected, and it might be why I try not to get too excited too soon too often about things. However, I suppose I haven’t had a bad couple of days. Tuesday 24 August 2021 I did it again. For two […]

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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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Mondays are always good…

(Image by athree23 from Pixabay) Monday’s are always good… but then everything usually goes downhill from there! Monday 23 August 2021 Considering I didn’t stop work all weekend and I finished very late on Saturday and late-ish on Sunday, I was up surprisingly early and at my desk by 10am. I had a lot to do, though, but only a handful of things for myself before the client work kicked in. My first job was to share yesterday’s blog post to Substack, […]

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Time out

(Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay) I love this picture above. It’s the feature picture I use on Trello for my NetGalley board. Friday 13 August 2021 On Friday I forgot to mention Slimming World. It was only another flying visit to get weighed, but I’d lost a pound, bringing the current loss to 6½lb. Just half a pound more (or less, whichever way you look at it) and I’ll have lost my first half a stone (7lb). In real life, […]

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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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Thunderstorms at last!

(Image by Brin Weins from Pixabay) Wednesday After such a lazy day on Tuesday, I was surprised that I actually made it to my desk at 10am, on the cuckoo! I went straight into my first Pomodoro, which was handwriting work. For my handwriting work this week, I’m doing the exercises in Get Started in Creative Writing. I started today’s blog post, then I started work on Chapter 11 for Project Management for Writers: Gate 1. I had the poet’s contribution […]

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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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A lazy day

(Image by Eveline de Bruin from Pixabay) Tuesday I had a lovely long lie-in on Tuesday following my latest writing marathon. When the dog woke me up at 8am to go out, I’d already received a reply from the ghostwriting client along with payment approval and confirmation of the next instalment. I’d given myself a bit of a faff day to recover, though, and once the dog had been out, I went back to bed. He woke me up again […]

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Wednesday writing prompts

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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Bit of a surprise

Image by LukasBasel from Pixabay Monday evening finished on a bit of a surprise when the ghostwriting client sent an email asking two things: Could we make the new story 80,000 words instead of 60,000 words? Would I be able to write another one concurrently? The first one was a bit of a surprise because I’d already said that the outline needed a bit more substance. But if that can be remedied, then yes, I can do 80,000 words instead […]

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