Writing ideas: a lonely platform

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Write something inspired by this image. Will you be the man, waiting on the platform? Has he missed the train and is waiting impatiently to get to somewhere important? Or has he deliberately taken a train that’s later, and quieter? What is in his bag, which is almost a briefcase? Or is it actually empty? Or, could you write as someone watching him from a bench just out of sight, wondering these things and comparing him to their own life? Then again, perhaps if your interests turn to horror you could take inspiration from the film Phone Booth, and …

Writing ideas: magical potions

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Write about a potion. Think Alice in Wonderland’s “eat me”, “drink me”, shifting size and shape, changing herself to get through the door into Wonderland. Think about Jekyll and Hyde, the potion transforming the man into the pure evil monstrous desires within. Think about the wicked stepmother’s poisoning the apples that Snow White will buy from her. Think magical, mystical and strange. Who makes the potions? Is it Snape, toiling away in a tiny cupboard then teaching someone how to create magic in a bottle? Or the Big Friendly Giant collecting dreams in a glass jar? Or, think of …

Writing ideas: the ice hotel

Reading Time: < 1 minute   This is from the beautiful Ice Hotel in Sweden. Write about going there – would you enjoy it? Or is it more like a romantic getaway gone horribly wrong when you were secretly hoping for a secluded lodge with a wood-burning hot tub?! Want some feedback on your writing? Post in the comments or find me on twitter @miss_tiggr

Writing ideas: urban fantasy

Reading Time: < 1 minute Write two hundred words: from the perspective of the shadowy figure on the bottom left – are they terrified and seeing this for the first time? Or are they a dragon-hunter, on a mission to reclaim the abandoned city from the monsters that now plague it? Are dragons ferocious, or simply a nuisance to be dealt with? at the top of the skyscraper, waiting for the dragon-bus to arrive. Where are you going, and what will you do when you get there? Is this a long-distance journey, the urban fantasy equivalent of an airship, or simply your morning commute? From …

Christmas presents for readers on #smallbizsatuk

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today isĀ #SmallBizSatUK, an opportunity to talk about some of the great things that small businesses are doing around the country. And, as Christmas is coming up quickly (eek!) I thought I’d put together a list of some of the literary inspired gifts that I’ve either received or bought as gifts. I love supporting small independent business especially at this time of year when there’s so many craft fairs local to me here in West Yorkshire, and think it’s really important to try to balance where I buy from, especially gifts for others. Plus I can usually be pretty sure that …