Wednesday Write-in #58

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Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in. This event runs every week to help any and all writers take control of their productivity and imaginations. Please join in; we’d love to read your work.

Prompts

birthday party  ::  notebook  ::  squash  ::  fresh meat  ::  light

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 if you like, and comment with a link so we can read it.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you have time for (but we won’t shout at you if you don’t).
  • If you want to write a poem, a script, or something completely different, feel free.

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, a free 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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Wednesday Write-in #57

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Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in. Look around, read some stories, give some feedback and be inspired!

Prompts

end of an era  ::  peanuts  ::  claustrophobia  ::  spore  ::  fizzy

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 if you like, and comment with a link so we can read it.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you have time for (but we won’t shout at you if you don’t).
  • If you want to write a poem, a script, or something completely different, feel free.

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, a free 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 #56

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Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

Does everyone remember which Write-in ‘toasted strumpets’ came from? Well, they’re back!

Prompts

swamp  ::  toasted  ::  strumpets  ::  carnival  ::  artificial

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 if you like, and comment with a link so we can read it.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you have time for (but we won’t shout at you if you don’t).
  • If you want to write a poem, a script, or something completely different, feel free.

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, a free 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 #55

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Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

Welcome again to our weekly Write-in. Please have a go, and don’t forget to tell your friends. It’s easier than you think!

Prompts

refresh  ::  firm handshake  ::  poach  ::  salary  ::  jazz

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 if you like, and comment with a link so we can read it.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you have time for (but we won’t shout at you if you don’t).
  • If you want to write a poem, a script, or something completely different, feel free.

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, a free 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!

Forming Words flash fiction submissions

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I’d like to thank everyone who’s come along to our new workshops at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre so far.

We were invited to use their new events space for free for the duration of the Forming Words exhibition. Following the success of our CAKE.shortandsweet chapbooks, I’d like to put together another one specifically responding to Forming Words. Ideally, I’d like people who have visited the exhibition to take part, but if you’d like to submit, there are some images of the artwork below for you to browse.

Again, I’d like to keep the submissions below 500 words where possible and keep the focus on flash fiction. If you have a query or worry about a word count, just get in touch.

There won’t be any points for simply picking an item and describing it; we’ll be selecting stories that show us something unexpected, something that we didn’t see ourselves.

Email cake.shortandsweet@gmail.com with your submissions by the end of September 15th. Please put ‘Forming Words’ in the subject bar. There will be a limited amount of space in the book, so do get your stories in asap!

by Matthew Ryan

by Matthew Ryan

by Jonathan Boyd

by Jonathan Boyd

by Amanda & Matt Ceures

by Amanda & Matt Ceures

by Amanda & Matt Ceures

by Amanda & Matt Ceures

by Jonathan Boyd

by Jonathan Boyd

by Sophie Wiltshire

by Sophie Wiltshire

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Buddug Wyn Humphreys

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Ingeborg Vandamme

by Clare Hillerby

by Clare Hillerby

by Clare Hillerby

by Clare Hillerby

by Debbie Smyth

by Debbie Smyth

by Cecilia Levy

by Cecilia Levy

by Cecilia Levy

by Cecilia Levy

Nexus Art Cafe Online Workshop – Finding Inspiration

Today we’ll be having a go at some exercises to help you find inspiration in mundane objects and images, and get past that pesky writer’s block. Most importantly with these workshops, be happy with writing something bad. It doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you write!

One – warm up

Go to the random verb generator. Grab yourself a word as a prompt, and try and work this into your story. Use it to drive your character’s motivation in a short scene. Write for five or ten minutes, until you reach a natural end point.

Two – visual stimulus

Select an image from this collection of abandoned theme park photos. Take a minute to close your eyes and imagine the place: its smells, sounds, atmosphere, weather etc. Then start to write about it for five – ten minutes.

Three – mixed bag prompts

Complete these comparative sentences with the first thing that comes into your head, however poetic or mundane it may be.

as solid as

as fluffy as

as far as

as sinister as

as cold as

as uncertain as

as delicate as

as red as

as curly as

as sharp as

ie. as red as a toddler throwing a tantrum; as delicate as snow

Once you’ve completed them, reassign the endings to a new beginning ie. as delicate as a toddler; as red as snow

You can change them up in any way you like; do it randomly if you like, to give yourself a better chance of stumbling randomly on some piece of genius!

Four – extrapolating meaning

Once you’ve finished switching up your comparative sentence, pick one or two that are particularly odd, or speak to you in some way. Base a story or poem around these prompts and write for fifteen – twenty minutes. If you get stuck or finish, try choosing another one and starting again.

Five – character through belongings

Choose an object you can see around you. Pick at random if you like. Make up a history for that object; think about what kind of person would own it, where they got it, what kind of memories they associate with it. Decide how old the character is, what kind of person they are, etc. Think of/write down as much detail as you can, then start writing a story about this character, which may or may not involve the object. Fifteen – twenty minutes.

As before, do let us know how you get on with these exercises, and please feel free to post any resulting work in the comments!