Haiku #01

Once again, an exercise from my creative writing class. This time to write a haiku; a Japanese poem that contains three lines with seventeen syllables, five in line one, seven in line two and, finally, five syllables in line three. Here is mine. I wrote a poem In my writing class today I wish I…

Acrostic Poem #01

Another exercise from my creative writing class. This time the challenge was to create an acrostic poem; a poem where each line begins with a letter that spells out a word. As ever, my mind is never far away from Bradford City, so I immediately chose that as the basis for my acrostic poem. My…

Derek the Sheep and the Deeds of Darkness

An exercise from my creative writing class. Randomly select ten fiction titles and create a piece of prose or poetry that incorporates them. (The titles I selected are at the end of this piece – I managed to get most of them into it. Started on Friday 24 March 2017). ************************************************************************ Derek the Sheep and the Deeds of Darkness…

#TeamTwenty

When Saturday comes and the sun burns high From up in a pale blue Yorkshire sky. We leave our house, we lock our door Heading to that place where ‘oft before We’ve cheered and laughed, we’ve sworn and cried And played our part in the magic inside That place of steel and concrete, of wood…

Open University – “Start Writing Fiction” : Exercise 2.11

This is exercise 2.11 from week two of “Start Writing Fiction’, an online Open University course that I began last week. Familiar words in unfamiliar places Where have you noticed ordinary words used in interesting or surprising places? Here is my piece. He hugged the old stranger tightly as if she was his lover. They…

Open University – “Start Writing Fiction” : Exercise 2.4

This is exercise 2.4 from week two of “Start Writing Fiction’, an online Open University course that I began last week. Imagining writing spaces Trying to picture the worst place for you to try to write can help you realise what your best venue might be. Imagine two different venues for writing – one that…

My Ode to Parky.

In Parky We Trust by @Gav_The_Bantam Phil Parkinson, he is our man. He’s lauded by all Bantams. For others, who had come before, Proved nothing, merely phantoms. Despair and woe, The Decade of Hurt, With players unworthy of our shirt. PP came, swept that away, Instilling passion to our play. He is our king, our…

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES No. 14: FINISH A SENTENCE

I GUESSED THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG AS SOON AS I…. turned onto the street and pulled up to the house. She was always ready and waiting for me. She’d be peeping through the curtains of the bay windows each Sunday morning at eleven; handbag perched on her arm and keys in her hand, ready to…

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES N0. 14: FINISH A SENTENCE

**Take 5 minutes to finish the following sentence** THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO THAT DAY WAS…… take that drive with her. The drive that I’d promised her, that she had painstakingly organised despite my protestations. “It’ll be fine”, she had always said, effortlessly sidestepping my objections and efforts to join in with her…