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4 days ago

The Write Coach

Read my third writing tip on the importance of punctuation - the link's below. Yes, punctuation. A bit like the dentist - can be painful, but is always necessary!
thewritecoach.nz/writing-tip-3-punctuation-important/
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3 weeks ago

The Write Coach

Writing about punctuation (which I’m doing at the moment) has made me think about pronouns.
Gendered pronouns, for example. It makes perfect sense to me that human sexuality and gender are non-binary, and can be fluid. After all, that’s true, I think, of every aspect of being human, be that anatomical, physiological, psychological, cultural or any other ‘-al’ you can name.
My sticking point was, (as my kids could tell you), using a plural pronoun as a singular one – using ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’. Ridiculous, I know. And I’m happy to say I’ve made the shift, because, of course, language is also fluid, and adapts to the society it finds itself in.
Which is why I think we should embrace plurals for ‘you’. Standard English doesn’t have one, so we spend our lives going, ‘No, I meant both of you need to clean your rooms,” and “I mean that all of you need to complete your reports by Monday.” A couple of good colloquial examples of a plural ‘you’ spring to mind – the Southern U.S.A.’s ‘y’all’ and New Zealand’s very own ‘youse.’ If I ruled the world, ‘youse’ would be an accepted part of our vocabulary, in both speaking and writing.
Anyway… back to punctuation!
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Synonyms and circumlocutions! Youse Clarksons talk so flash

I’m getting used to the singular “they”, too. Possibly at approximately the same pace as you. Regarding “you” plural, I still rely on synonyms and circumlocutions: “ we doctors”, “we clinicians”, “we, as managers”, “we, as human beings”, though never (yet) “you as human beings” (though I have been tempted).

I’m a big fan of ya’ll

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Boredom Buster #53
Write a description of a person, place or event, concentrating on a sense other than sight. For example, you might describe school using only sounds, or your sibling’s bedroom using only smells.
Happy Writing!

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Boredom Buster #52
Write about a city, and about waking up.
Include 1 interruption, 2 foods, and 3 noises.
Happy Writing!

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Boredom Buster 51

Today, think about patterns as you write.
Here are some suggestions, but you might have your own idea. 🌕 So, if you’re writing a poem, you might try repeating words, or an image, or you might play with rhythm and rhyme. 🌖You could write an opinion piece - maybe a blog or a letter to the editor - about a pattern of human behaviour you’ve noticed and are worried about. 🌗 You could write a crime/thriller story, where the criminal is identified by their patterns (as in, they always commit their crime the same way).
🌘You could write a memoir piece, about choosing and using paper patterns to make your own clothes.
Happy Writing! #boredombusters #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun #thewritecoach #visualwritingprompts
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 50
Wow! I’ve done 50 of these.
Write a story (or a poem, or a song, or a journal entry, or anything else you fancy) in 12 parts.
In Parts 3, 6, and 9, include at least one of the following: 🕰 repetition (you could use the same setting, or repeat an image, or a detail, or a sound...)
⏰movement ⏱noticing the time (and why that’s significant if you can)
🕰 some numbers between 1 - 12

Happy Writing!

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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 49

I thought about knocking the ‘Self Isolation’ bit off the title, but then decided it would look a bit like gloating to non-NZers (and would possibly be premature/tempt fate). 🛤Anyway, write about a road trip. Or a road. Or a trip.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #lockdownchallenge #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun #visualwritingprompts #thewritecoach
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 48

Walk. A word that describes an action clearly, but doesn’t tell us much about who’s doing it. If, instead of walking, the character slouches, limps, staggers or creeps, we know more. 🚶🏻‍♀️Write a story, poem - or anything else you’d like - that contains as many synonyms as for the word ‘walk’ as you can fit in.
Happy Writing!

#boredombusters #thewritecoach #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun #lockdownchallenge
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 47

Level 2 on Thursday - yahoo! We won’t be stuck at home so much, so I’m hoping you won’t need your boredom busted so often. I’ll still be posting writing starters, but not as frequently.
For today, here’s something I’m genuinely puzzled by. While walking this morning, I noticed this neat row of leaves across the road in my local park. Why is it there?
Write an explanation, or a story where these leaves are important somehow.
Happy Writing!

#boredombusters #thewritecoach #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #visualwritingprompts #mysterywritingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun #lockdownchallenge
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 46
Today, of course, you should write about mothers.
You can approach this however you want, but here are some ideas to get you started. 💐Write about the time your mother embarrassed you the most. 🌸Write a letter to your mother, telling her why you value her. (Be specific - instead of saying ‘I love your garden’, say, ‘I love how you’ve got basil under the tomatoes.’)
🌼Write about what it’s like to not have a mother, in Mother’s Day. 🌹Write an opinion piece about mothers. What makes a good mother?
🌺Write a poem, trying to share what your mother is like using only sense details. 🌷Write a made up conversation between two mothers who are at different stages of motherhood.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #lockdownchallenge #writingforkids #writingforfun #visualwritingprompts #writingaboutmothers
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 45

Today, it’s all about me. Well, all about the first letter of my name, anyway.
Write something - whatever you like - and use the letter J a lot. I mean A LOT. Like a bare minimum would be once a sentence/line, and I suppose the maximum would be a J in every word. Hang on - you could have MORE than one J in some words. Whoa. Okay, just see how many you can use.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #lockdownchallenge #writingprompts #creativewritingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun #alphabetwritingprompts
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 44

Write about either the person who set the table, or the person who’s going to sit here for a meal, or both.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #lockdownchallenge #writingprompts #visualwritingprompts #mysterywritingprompts #creativewritingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 43

There’s been lots of talk about levels today here in New Zealand, as we prepare to move from Level 3 to Level 2 of restrictions.
It’s an interesting word. Today, we’ve used it to mean steps, or stages of restrictions.
However, it can also mean completely flat - as in a windowsill.
And a person who’s ‘on the level’ is honest.
So have a think about the word level as you write today. 🐛Maybe you write a story where things get worse, and worse, and worse (or better and better and better).
🐢If you’re feeling brave, try to write a story or poem with absolutely no drama (that is, dead flat!)
🐙Or how about a mystery where someone appears on the level, but isn’t. 🐥Or a poem that explores all those meanings, and any others you can thunk of.
Happy Writing!
#mysterywritingprompts #thewritecoach #boredombusters #selfisolationhelp #lockdownchallenge #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforkids #writingforsanity #writingforfun
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 43

A famous poem, The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot, begins:
“April is the cruellest month”.
This takes the reader by surprise, because he’s writing in the northern hemisphere, where April means spring. Normally, spring is associated with hope or happiness.
Today, write a poem or story that treats one of the four seasons in an unexpected way. (You might need to work out what’s expected first - maybe ask the people in your bubble what they associate with each season. Or google it.) Happy writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #visualwritingprompts #selfisolationhelp #lockdownchallenge #writingprompts #creativewritingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 42

What makes a good leader?
Write about that question today.
You’ve got a choice about how to do it.
Either:
👩🏽‍✈️Write an opinion piece, stating and proving your case.
Or
🦸Write a story where an important character is a good leader (you could also have a character showing bad leadership.
I know my images are of people who lead countries, but you don’t have to stick with them. You could think about school leaders, or your boss, or the head of the local Volunteer Fire Brigade, or anyone who leads a group.
Happy Writing!

#thewritecoach #boredombusters #opinionwritingprompts #visualwritingprompts #lockdownchallenge #selfisolationhelp #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 41
Write a story where a dishwasher plays an essential part. Maybe someone tries to hide something in it. Or clean something. Maybe someone trips over it when it’s open. Maybe it’s alive. Your only limit is your imagination.
Happy writing!
#thewritecoach #boredombusters #lockdownchallenge #selfisolationhelp #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #visualwritingprompts #mysterywritingprompts #writingforkids #writingforfun
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 40

Look, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not even sure this will work - so I’d love to hear what happens when you try. 🖋Write a story or poem where the letters in each word are runs of even or odd numbers. ✒️So, for example, the words in the first line or sentence might have 2, then 4, then 6, then 8 letters. 🖍“Oh!” Jane yelled, startled.
Or
✏️Floating leaves fall/on arid ground (That goes 8, 6, 4, 2, 4, 6)

Give it a go and see what happens.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #writingprompts #numberwritingprompts #creativewritingprompts #selfisolationhelp #lockdownchallenge #writingforkids #writingforfun #writingforsanity
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 39

Write about the first, or one of the first, things you ever owned. It might be a gift, or something you bought with money you earned, or maybe a hand-me-down that you ended up with. (The picture is of an album I bought with money from my first ever job.)
👜 Tell the story of how you got it. Was it a special occasion? Who was there? What happened?
💍Why do you remember this object? Was it important to you?
🦺What memories do you associate with the object?
Happy Writing! #boredombusters #thewritecoach #visualwritingprompts #memorywritingprompt #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #writingforfun #writingforsanity #writingforkids #lockdownchallenge #selfisolationhelp #visualwritingprompts #memorywritingprompts
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 38

Write a love letter. But here’s the twist - the object of your affections is... an object. That’s right - I want you to write a love letter to an inanimate (not living) object in your life.
Happy Writing!
#boredombusters #thewritecoach #lockdownchallenge #selfisolationhelp #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #loveletters #writingforsanity #writingforkids #writingforfun #visualwritingprompts
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 37 🍎Think of some abstract nouns - that is, the names of feelings. Some examples are love, fear and surprise. 🍰Choose one and write a recipe for it. You may need to consult a recipe book (or if you want a new-fangled method, look at that Internet thingy) for the format, but basically you need ingredients, with amounts, and a method. Organise the steps of your method in a logical order.
Happy Writing!
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 36

In honour of the fact that takeaway coffee is now available again in New Zealand, write about your favourite drink. 🧃What is it? Describe it so vividly your reader can taste it too. 🥤Who do you like drinking it with? What do you enjoy about their company?
☕️What events/time of day do you drink it? Use great verbs here. 🍹What’s a good memory you associate with this drink? Tell the story with specific details to bring it alive for your reader.
Happy Writing!

#boredombusters #thewritecoach #creativewritingprompts #writingprompts #lockdownchallenge #quarantinechallenge #selfisolationhelp #writingandcoffee #writingforkids #writingforsanity #writingforfun #visualwritingprompts
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Self Isolation Boredom Buster 35

1. In 300 words, write your opinion on one of the following topics:
🌵Leaders should be kind
🎄Dogs are better than cats
🌳Readers succeed
🌴Team sports should be compulsory at secondary school
🌿Any other topic that you feel passionate about.
2. Now edit, to lose 50-100 words.
Happy Writing! #boredombusters #thewritecoach #lockdownchallenge #quarantinechallenge #selfisolationhelp #writingforkids #writingforsanity #writingprompts #opinionwriting #edityourwriting #opinionwritingprompts
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