Sunday, 24 September 2017

50 Creative Writing Prompts (feat. Words & Images)

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At some point in our writing lives, we all turn to creative writing prompts for salvation. In the interests of being everyone's knight in shining armour, I'm back with 50 creative writing prompts to see you through your latest projects. With both word and image prompts, there's something to inspire everyone. You could, of course, use them for whatever creative outlet you see fit - for art, photography, blog posts, essays, you name it. If you've been wanting to get creative but you haven't known where to start, this is for you!

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Sometimes, all it takes is a word and then you're off. Not all creative prompts are complex, pals! Use these words in whatever way you see fit - as titles, subjects of your work, passing bits of dialogue, it's up to you.

1. public house 
2. happy hour 
3. amusement 
4. beams 
5. arcade 
6. bewildered 
7. pixels 
8. pecan pie 
9. restful 
10. pierce film 
11. western 
12. cabaret 
13. treehouse 
14. the invitation 
15. reflective 
16. dormitory 
17. goodnight 
18. toyshop 
19. ajar 
20. hot dog 


CREATIVE WRITING PROMPTS: images
Visual prompts can oftentimes be all the more evocative. In this edition, I've selected 20 images to inspire the setting of your creative pieces. From perilous heights to your apartment postbox, I'm hoping that these images inspire you to step out of your comfort zone a little. Creative writing prompts give you an excellent excuse to let someone outside of your wheelhouse to take the reigns a little! 

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CREATIVE WRITING PROMPTS: CONCEPTS
Sometimes, of course, it isn't the words that are the problem. It's the entire concept. And so, I've scrambled together five basic creative writing prompt concepts to help you put pen to paper. Once you've found a thread or a character or a particular tone, you can run with it into your very own story. 

1.  it's your lunch break. today it looks a little different.
2.  a letter is being written, maybe years too late.
3.  same table. same person. a different set of circumstances. 
4.  spooky shit is going down. come on now, you know the drill. 
5. they never could keep their hands clean for too long. this time, they're roping everyone else in with them.


CREATIVE WRITING PROMPTS: sentences
Sentences also make excellent creative writing prompts. They tell you more than a word could but they're oblique enough to encourage your brain to do some work. You may not want to use them in place of a killer first sentence but you could jump off from one, or more, of them.  

1.  she had something to declare.
2.  i sat, curbside, with all my worldly possessions in the plastic bag next to me.  
3.  we did as we were told back then.
4.  it was all scribbled down in that very same address book. 
5.  "why wait?" 


And there you have it, 50 creative writing prompts for you to use as you see fit! Use them as starting points or building blocks on your way to creativity. In need of some more creative writing prompts? Have a look through my archive of  creative prompts for further inspiration. You can also check out my other creative blog posts. Have fun!


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Book Reviews ft. Children's Books

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I didn't read a lot in August, granted, but I did turn my attention to four newly-released picture books sent to me via Puffin Books by autumnal princess Sarah

READ.

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GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN BY MICHELLE ROBINSON* (2017) 
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
Two space-mad little boys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their toy rockets, launch pads and planet mobiles, before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams . . .

Capturing imaginations from the very first page, Goodnight Spaceman is the sort of bedtime read that then sparks whole worlds of creative thought. With a foreword by actual astronaut Tim Peake, this is the perfect read for both big and little aliens. The illustrations are wonderful and this story, on the whole, made me feel pretty capable of doing whatever I set my mind to.  

Great read.

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THE COW WHO FELL TO EARTH BY NADIA SHIREEN* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 1780080670 
One night a star CRASH-LANDS right on top of a flock of bumbling sheep. But the star is not a star... It's a little lost cow. And all she can say is 'WOOOOOO'. How will she find her way home when nobody can understand a word she's saying?

I went into this picture book expecting to love it. I mean, space cows?! Yes please! However, for whatever reason, I felt that this story fell flat compared to the others that I immersed myself in that afternoon. It felt less impactful to me, plot-wise, but that's not to say that the intended readership wouldn't enjoy it more. 

I would, however, recommend the others before this one.  Personal preference.

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ODD BODS BY STEVEN BUTLER* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
Odd Bods is a celebration of every weird and wild child - a hilarious, raucous and occasionally bizarre romp through the quirks and habits of some seriously odd bods. 

As I said in my Favourites post, I wholeheartedly enjoyed Odd Bods. Fiction for the weird and wonderful is my sort of thing and this ticked all the boxes. 

Excellent illustrations, by Jarvis, and packed full of funny individuals, this is a definite must-read for your favourite little odd bods. 

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I CAN ONLY DRAW WORMS BY WILL MABBITT* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them.

I love a picture book that doesn't take itself seriously and wonderful nonsense is offered up in abundance in Mabbitt's latest offering. I Can Only Draw Worms is full of fun and, as such, I can imagine that it inspires quite the giggle out of its younger readers. 

I'm also a big fan of that cover.

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And that's what I read in the month of August. A slow month, granted, but my mind has been on other things. If you want more bookish content, you can read through all of my other book blog posts. Or, you could scroll through my book reviews instead.

Books marked with an * were sent to me by the publisher for consideration. 



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Saturday, 16 September 2017

My Favourite Things 8

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August was a bumper month for life stuff, from big personal news to slip-ups to not so nice news, it was all happening last month. Whilst all of that was going on, I was coveting comfort food, some gifts and our little city break! 

As always, you're welcome to leave your own favourites in the comments. It's a great place to get recommendations when everybody shares.

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GETTING DOWN TO...BUSINESS
Over the past few weeks, I have been taking steps to start my freelance business. As 'Vivatramp Creatives', I'm going to be offering creative writing, copywriting and proofreading services to anyone that may need them - be it brands or individuals. I'm also going to be offering up a couple of creative writing packages for people that want their own slice of my original poetry. 

I'm nervous but so excited to see where this goes and I'm doing it for all of the passionate disabled women out there. I'm hoping to have it all set up soon. Wish me luck! 

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BARCELONA
As you may have seen, if you read my 'Guide to Barcelona' post, Luke and I took a trip to the beautiful city last month! It was kind of impromptu but everything we needed it to be. We ate good food, saw the sights, and caught up with family. We're going back next year so do send me some recommendations of things to do or places to eat if you have any!

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ODD BODS
I mentioned this super cool picture book in my last book haul but I just had to feature it in my Favourites because I enjoyed it so much. I'm all for fiction that champions the weird and wonderful and this picture book does just that. Highly recommended reading for littles and bigger humans alike!

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CAT BAG
Luke gifted me this gloriously fun bag for my birthday back in July and I have worn it constantly since. It's a great size and works with pretty much everything that I wear. I love it and if you do too it's still available on ASOS. 

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BFF MUG 
Speaking of my birthday, Lyzi gifted me this BFF mug that I gave to all of my bridesmaids in my bridesmaid proposal boxes so that I didn't feel left out. Soooo cool and so appreciated! It's from BAN.do, in case you were wondering. 


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FAMILY NEWS
We had some happy family baby news last month and I'm still so excited about it! We've all been throwing around baby names, both serious and ridiculous, and I can't wait to meet the little arrival. I have already been tasked with the important role of Bookish Aunty, ensuring that this little one has all the books it could want or need. I'm going to take my job verrrrrry seriously.  

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FLYING TIGER
I popped to a local town to buy some shoes for my Barcelona holiday and I accidentally wandered into Flying Tiger. Naturally, I came away with nautical floppy notebooks, cards and washi tape. All the essentials. It's impossible to walk by one of these shops. It's like a cult.


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PINTEREST HOME BOARDS 
I have been preening my home boards on Pinterest of late. They're now separated by rooms, making them really easy to navigate. If you've seen a pin you think I'd be interested in, based on these boards, then do send it my way! Or, alternatively, let me know what shops or websites do excellent homewares for low prices. 

I'm hoping to put these pin boards in action before the year is through...

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DECLUTTERING 
I'm back on my de-cluttering game - selling things online and at the local car boot sale. I shared 10 tips for car boot sale success earlier this month and 10 books to unhaul early last year, so peruse those posts if you too are in need of a little de-clutter yourself. I've still got a way to go but I'll get there. 


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COMFORT FOOD 
I'm so into making comfort food for myself and my family. One tray roast dinners, pan-cooked salmon and carbonara are some of my favourites at the moment. Carbonara top tips: add basil, garlic butter as well as garlic, and always add an extra couple of eggs or so. An excellent supper. 


+ THINGS OF NOTE
•  Vanessa wrote a piece on how we treat physical illness vs. mental illness
•  ...and she has also started an excellent tinyletter 
•  Bethany shared an important thread r:e relationships
•  Chelsea has started her own store ft. clothes that make a lot of sense 
•  the ridiculously talented Maddy is looking for new projects
•  Gem is back with her incredible recipes. Her food photography is stunning!
•  Win Butler shared his songwriting process with ClickHole, lol
  If you're into gaming videos, you should definitely watch Zoe's
  my home boards on Pinterest have been topped up a lot recently
  Gillian shared a hugely useful post on freelance finances
  been singing Elliot's 'More Than Just Memes' for a week straight, not gonna lie


+ AUGUST BLOG POSTS
•  monthly things that make me happy list
•  a birthday book haul ft. lots of du Maurier 
•  more book reviews ft 2 bits of queer lit and a TBR
•  guide to barcelona: things to do


A month of varied favourite things. What was on your list for August? If you're wanting more, I've got seven more months of  favourites for you to scroll through!


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