Wednesday Write-in #24


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

 

Prompts

cookie dough  ::  greeting  ::  slippery slope  ::  tin can  ::  bloom

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 12am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.

Get Involved

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

Join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile, an online community for writers to give and receive constructive criticism.

Read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

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Featured writer weeks 20, 21, 22 and 23

Yes, it’s been six weeks since we had a featured writer. That’s a scary number. We decided not to pick for weeks 18 and 19 as they were so quiet. For the last month, we’ve just been busy. Sorry!

There have been some excellent stories – seems like everyone’s picking up their game for 2013. These are the ones we’ve chosen as featured writer for the last four weeks.

Week 20

Wind in my purple tail by Brinda.

I don’t even know what animal the main character is supposed to be but she makes the anthropomorphism seem believable. I thought the writing was strong too just technically speaking. And I also just thought it was a heart warming and cheerful little story! (from co-editor Naomi)

Please take a moment to read Wind in my purple tail and leave Brinda some feedback.

Week 21

The Mary Rose by Becca Audra.

Becca has stolen my heart with another ocean-themed piece. This story is very lyrical with some lovely word use and rhythm. Also sparked an interesting discussion on rhetoric, which Becca uses here to great effect to emphasise the atmosphere of her piece.

Please take a moment to read The Mary Rose and leave Becca some feedback.

Week 22

Untitled by Fallible.

Trains, suicide and death were a common theme this week, so it was refreshing to see Jon taking those themes flipping the trope on its head. The piece twists into an unexpected but very welcome black comedy, with some short but enjoyable dialogue. Very highly recommended.

Please take a moment to read this story and leave Jon some feedback.

Week 23

Have a Baby by Jacky Hillary.

Within six words, Jacky has already told us plenty about her characters in ‘Baby arrives for jollies’. This gleeful look at giving birth switches up a familiar situation by, firstly, having two mummies instead of a man and woman, and by narrating it through a bubbly, childish main character. The severity of the situation is played down by Laura’s ridiculous antics with the video camera and her reeling off their pre-prepared list for giving birth. Really good fun.

Please take a moment to read Have a Baby and leave Jacky some feedback.

 

If anyone wants to workshop their writing further and get more feedback, please join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile. Scrib is free to join and provides a safe, friendly community to get feedback from a lot of different writers.

Wednesday Write-in #23


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

 

Prompts

kiwi  ::  master at work  ::  reminder  ::  flash  ::  caught cheating

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 12am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.

Get Involved

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

Join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile, an online community for writers to give and receive constructive criticism.

Read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

Wednesday Write-in #22


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

Prompts

tube  ::  three’s a crowd  ::  consolidate  ::  nostalgia  ::  case

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 12am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.

Get Involved

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

Join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile, an online community for writers to give and receive constructive criticism.

Read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

Wednesday Write-in #21


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

 

Prompts

wreck  ::  cake tin  ::  chipped  ::  excuse  ::  sway

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 12am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.

Get Involved

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

Join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile, an online community for writers to give and receive constructive criticism.

Read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

Writers’ Circle 2013

We had our first meeting of the new year yesterday. We decided to try out a game we’ve done before, but with some slight changes this time. I’m sure some of you have played Consequences before, we played something similar but with differing levels of structure.

To begin with everyone wrote down a theme, then passed their paper to the next person in the circle. This person wrote a line then we passed round again, until all four of us had written a line, ending with the person who picked the theme. They then had the joy of reading it out!

This is always a fascinating exercise: without being able to see what someone else has written before, it’s incredible how closely the narratives sometimes follow on. And sometimes, of course, they make no sense at all.

 

Treble

“And now class we’re going to sing the three time stable. Who wants to start?”

The choir lifted their voices for the first notes of ‘This little piggy went to market’.

Glorious music could be heard throughout the land and travellers came from far abroad to hear it.

Despite it all, they felt calmed as the music swarmed them, shutting out all possibility of interference, closing off the world and leaving only them.

 

Carnage

“It may be all to play for but the team are already three members down and the survivors are looking tired. It’s all up to man-of-the-match Kayleigh to bring her team to victory.”

Blood flowed from a cut, streaming down into eyes and mouth, choking and nauseous.

The blood and guts of the dead rabbit, a small sad bundle that he saw from the corner of his eye as the car sped past.

Rubble lay strewn about from collapsed buildings, interspersed with the burnt out wrecks of cars.

 

Forge

She practised the signature so often her hand traced it on her pillow as she slept.

The blistering hot furnaces burning eternally, the crackling of flame filling the air combined with the clang of metal on metal.

The smith’s hammer dropped and clattered, a dull ring through his skin, flesh, bones, shaking him to the core. He stared into the fires and waited for the blade.

But it was all consumed in the splashing metal of an overturned crucible.

 

Rainbows

Light rain falling from an almost cloudless skky patters lightly on the leaves of a lone oak tree.

She groaned as she covered her eyes against the hideous sight; her one and only weakness, how would she pursue them now?

“Double, or even triple rainbows are possible, with the right set of circumstances,” a passing stranger remarked.

The rainbow teddy bear danced a wild dance around the baby’s head, flourishing a drumstick towards the downy scalp.

 

This is one of my favourite parts of the Wednesday Write-in every week: watching how differently people interpret the prompts, how they lace them together. What made this exercise particularly interesting was how we avoided using specifics, how we wrote around each other’s stories. Some of us were careful not to tread too heavily, while at other times we deliberately stomped all over it so as to change the direction of a potential story, without knowing where it was already headed.

Thanks to Becca, Jon and Alastair for coming along, hope to see you all at the Wednesday Write-in this week!

Wednesday Write-in #20


Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

A happy new year to everyone! What are your writing plans for the year?

 

Prompts

scribble  ::  a pirate’s life  ::  pistachio  ::  distribution  ::  debt

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 12am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.

Get Involved

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

Join our CAKE.writers group on Scribophile, an online community for writers to give and receive constructive criticism.

Read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a CAKE.author!

 

 

Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!