Creative Writings

Thriller — there's nothing like a page-turner that elicits a gasp of surprise at the end.

Here's how our contest works: every Friday, we send out a newsletter containing five story prompts.Comedy — whether satire or slapstick, this is an opportunity to write with your funny bone.Dramatic — if you want to make people laugh and cry within the same story, this might be your genre.Each week, the writing ideas center around a different theme.Authors then have one week — until the following Friday — to submit a short story based on one of our prompts.By all means, if you’re keen, jump straight in and have a go: but don’t be too disappointed if your first efforts aren’t as good as you’d hoped.To extend Watts’ metaphor, you may find that these early attempts have wonky legs and an unsteady seat.I soon learnt that a novel, like a piece of furniture, has its own set of requirements, laws of construction that have to be learnt.Just because I had read plenty of novels didn’t mean I could write one, any more than I could make a chair because I had sat on enough of them.Here’s a couple of definitions: Writing is a form of personal freedom.It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us.

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