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    Three Questions (Day 2 )

    Three Questions Today’s suggestion for the 500 words challenge is to outline my main goal for taking it on and then explain how I hope to achieve this. These three questions should help me clarify things: Why did I take it on? What do I want to achieve over the next 31 days? How will I go about it? Hopefully, by the time I finish this post, we will have some answers to these three questions.. And yes, as you’ve guessed, I’m winging it here.   Why did I take on the challenge? This question is easier to answer and I mentioned some of the factors in the Day 1…

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    500 Words Challenge Day 1

    500 Words Challenge Day 1 A new start today! It’s the first day of my 500 Words Challenge and I’m feeling quite excited. Over Christmas, I got lazy about my writing and let things slip. Then when I tried to get back to normal, Writer’s Block whacked me head-on. It wasn’t a nice feeling and it took a lot of soul searching and perseverance to find my way back.   Words, Words, Words It was like a fog had descended on my brain and I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Words that made sense. Words that told stories.  Words that connected with others. But I was missing the whole point. The words didn’t…

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    Short Story Writing , Five Useful Websites

    Short Story Writing Generally speaking, a short story is a piece of fiction under approx. 5.000 words in length. Is it just a shorter version of a novel? Not really, short stories actually have more in common with the genre of poetry. You are taking a specific character/event/emotion and focusing in on it like a magnet. “To see the world in a grain of sand” William Blake It’s like concentrating on one photograph on someone’s Facebook, rather than their whole timeline…But, of course, that photograph would need to have something unique or intriguing about it. And, of course, create a strong emotional response. That, to me, is the most important…

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    Creative Writing Course Pauline Clooney

    Creative Writing Course Well, it was certainly worth the wait! A couple of months ago, I listed some writing courses based in Ireland and mentioned that I was hoping to participate in one. I decided to go with the creative writing course run by Pauline Clooney at the Kildare Writing Centre.  Some of my friends had already participated in Pauline’s courses and recommended them to me. Last night was the opening session. We were all a little nervous at first, but Pauline quickly put the group at ease. Soon we were chatting like old friends. I think it’s great to have the social element to go along with the learning side as it…

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    Eight Creative Writing Course Links, Ireland

    Creative Writing Courses Have you been looking online for a good creative writing course? When I did a google search of creative writing course options in Ireland, I found that there was a huge amount of choice available. I tried to focus my search on the most interesting, versatile and accessible options, particularly for beginners.  I came up with this list of personal favourites, eight creative writing course links in total and I’d be happy to explore any of them. Even if you don’t enroll for a course, many of the sites have interesting links and resources which are well worth exploring. I’m sure that there are other viable options…