Wednesday Write-in #2


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

This is the new feature on the blog which we’ll be running every week from now on to allow all of us writers to practice our skills, and get chatting to each other about our work.

Prompts

weak tea  ::  tight  ::  no reception  ::  sliding  ::  professional

Guidelines

There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some brief guidelines:

  • You can use the prompts as inspiration or try to work them into your story somehow. Use as many as you want.
  • When your story is done, post it online (your blog/twitter/in a comment here), tag with #wednesdaywritein and comment with a link so we can read it. You can write as many stories as you like.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you can.

Featured Story

We’ll feature our favourite story on the blog with a review of it and links to the author’s blog/twitter/facebook if relevant.

Posts will generally go up at 9am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 9am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

Rewards

We’ll keep track of who takes part in the write-ins, and you earn points for different things.

  • Take part in a write-in = 1 point.
  • Comment on other people’s stories = 1 point.
  • Share/reblog this post = 1 point.

When you reach ten points the editing team will give detailed feedback on a story of your choice. This only counts for separate sessions—so if you write five stories for one write-in, that counts as one, and if you share on both facebook and twitter, that’s one. We might give an extra point if you comment on everyone’s stories, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Please look for us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the write-ins, or click the follow button to get blog updates!

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

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34 thoughts on “Wednesday Write-in #2

      • Great – thought I’d ask, since something came to me today. I don’t normally write poetry but hey, writing a poem is better than writing nothing at all today! It’s using the prompt ‘tight’.

        WISHING FOR PAY DAY

        Could you lend me…?
        Would you mind if…?
        Not this week, hun.
        I don’t think we can stretch it this month.

        BOGOF deals
        Pasta for tea
        Saving vouchers
        Worth it to still have a holiday.

        Any spare cash?
        Can I borrow…?
        Do we have much…?
        Can’t face asking my sister again.

        Parking shrapnel
        Needed Monday
        Three pound is all.
        I’ll check behind the sofa cushions.

        What about if…?
        Cut this corner?
        No impulses
        There’s no fun in shopping anymore.

        We need pay day
        Welcomed finance
        Come on, Friday
        Shouldn’t be wishing my time away.

        Maybe we could…?
        Perhaps we should…?
        Spend less, earn more
        Easier said than done in our house.

        Working to save
        Working to spend
        Working to live
        A cash dependent society.

        Money’s too tight to mention.

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  3. My computer’s playing up Sarah, I’ve sent you this via Facebook message and will put it on here as well. This is my very first short story!
    It’s prompted by ‘weak tea’. And just realised the last two lines are different from the one I sent you on Facebook!

    Another Day

    He woke up when he heard the front door slam shut, then snuck down under the duvet for a couple of minutes before throwing it back and getting out of bed.
    It was freezing. The leccie had run out again and the man had told them that if they fiddled with it again, he would report them and they could go to prison. He put on a couple of t-shirts under his shirt and jumpter but they didn’t make much of an impression against the cold and he shivered as he filled the kettle for a brew.
    She was fast asleep on the settee with her coat covering her feet, one shoe was hanging by its strap. He gently pulled the coat up and over her bare shoulders before filling the bottle with weak tea ready for her later. She loved drinking Baillies. Said it reminded her of happier times and lots of Christmas’s. He hoped she wouldn’t notice that this day she would be drinking weak tea instead. They both looked the same.
    After putting on his school jacket he carefully closed the front door.
    He didn’t realise that the draft from the door went through to the kitchen and blew out the flames in the oven, whose door he had left open so she would feel some of the heat and not be so cold.
    His mother slept on a couple of feet away from the open oven door with the gas gently hissing towards her.
    He made his usual journey to school. Apart from the weak tea and Baillies, it was just another day.
    helen

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