Monthly Archives: October 2015

21 10, 2015

Bored by the Bard


The Write Factor’s Emily Cunningham takes issue with Benedict Cumberbatch – haven’t we done Shakespeare to death already? I have a confession to make: I am not that keen on Shakespeare. I blame my parents. I grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon and was regularly dragged to the Royal Shakespeare Company as a child and expected to [...]

Bored by the Bard2015-10-21T11:21:34+00:00
16 10, 2015

What’s It Got To Do With Choo?


These are our two favourites from this week's five-minute flash fiction writing exercise, including the words: aubergine, reflect, batter, filthy, crumple.   Give Her The Boot She is standing there, barring my path. I know what she's after. Every female on the estate has been eyeing the aubergine-coloured boots in the local charity shop. A tenner is [...]

What’s It Got To Do With Choo?2015-10-16T10:51:23+00:00
8 10, 2015

Five-Minute Favourites


Thank you to all the people who sent in their five-minute exercises. The task was to use the following words: drench, rollerskates, astronaut, bloody and handbag. Here are our three favourites.   Winning Entry – First Time Ever 5-Minute Story Seeing Suzi there, I felt the impulse to drench her, aiming the hose pipe so [...]

Five-Minute Favourites2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00
7 10, 2015

My Own Worst Enemy


TWF's Absolute Beginners Online Writing Course participant Marisa Giles says, ‘put your own worst enemy away and just enjoy the experience of writing’. Like many other writers, I am my own worst enemy. I read work by others, compare it to mine and then doubt comes crashing through my mind and I stop writing. I [...]

My Own Worst Enemy2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00
2 10, 2015

Have A Go at our Five-Minute Writing Exercises


We know from feedback on our Absolute Beginners online writing course that our clients love the exercises where they write for five minutes incorporating certain words. Here’s Max Carr’s short story, which includes the words: Elvis, colander, trombone, lemon and bruise. We lived in a Spanish coastal town, in a tiny flat, surrounded by other [...]

Have A Go at our Five-Minute Writing Exercises2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00
1 10, 2015

How To Be A Writer: Just Do It!


Maeve Jones, a recent participant on our Absolute Beginners online writing course discusses how astounding and joyful it is to be a writer. I think about writing all of the time. In my most secret heart of hearts, I have always wanted to be a writer. As I’ve grown older I have written less and [...]

How To Be A Writer: Just Do It!2017-05-19T13:05:41+00:00

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