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1812 December Writing Themes

Nothing is compulsory in our Creative Writing Group, you can write what you like. However, for those who need inspiration, at our meeting in December we decided to try writing the following to read out at our next meeting:-

FICTION
• Story prompt 617 First line prompt: "The extended forecast called for good weather outside, but a storm was brewing inside our vacation cabin." As many words as you like.

• Write another story from three or four different points of view as per the example below:-

  • “She was late getting to the restaurant because...”
  • “He waited patiently at the table at Mario’s, wondering if...”
  • “Norman dropped his customer off at Mario’s and ...”
  • “Mario wondered if it was the food that...”

DESCRIPTIVE PASSAGEA Winter Scene
• Describe a winter scene from a photo or Xmas card for someone who is now blind so they can picture the scene. A nice complicated winter scene is pictured here or choose a simpler one of your own.

STILL OUTSTANDING
• Mary & Barry part 3: Write the next part of the Round Robin stories we wrote in the last few months. Leave it open to continue next month, or just finish it off.

ARTICLE
• Write a report or an article for the Website.

  • Examples:-
  • What Newquay U3A means to me
  • What I've done with Newquay U3A
  • Where I've been with Newquay U3A

POETRY PROMPTS
Subject: Christmas and/or New Year.

Poetry Type: WRAPPED REFRAIN
Wrapped Refrain: 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each, meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12. Rhyme scheme: aabbcc.
Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain ...thus, the Wrapped Refrain. Title is the first four syllables + the last four syllables.
Example:
Let’s Steal Away to Meet Again
Let’s steal away to some place cool,
with rivulets that foam and pool
beneath a wooded, shady shore
that frames the rocks with sycamore.
The afternoon has just begun; without delay,
let’s meet beneath the shaded sun...let’s steal away.

Let’s meet again where once we knew
the buttercups with golden dew;
we scurried to our hidden spot
where I recall forget-me-not.
And, we shall have the promised dreams that we did then,
as we revisit hideaways...let’s meet again.

Poetry type: NONET.
Nonet: nine lines working down from nine syllables to one’ Example from writersdigest.com:
“Nature”
There’s a life curled in the darkness
sweating out the evening storm
beneath leaves covered with rain
and an urge to bolt like
the lightning before
thunder. Under
here we run
free of
why.

USEFUL WEBSITES
Useful website for finding words to rhyme, synonyms, antonyms, descriptive words and phrases etc: rhymezone.com
Useful website for creative writing tips, including weekly story prompts and Wednesday poetry prompts: writersdigest.com