Saturday, 17 July 2021

Deckchair doodling and dawdling by Tracy Darnton

 It's summer holidays. But something tells me I'm going to be spending a lot of time at home crying over edits while doing back-to-back waves of self-isolation. 

Where I'd rather be - Fjaerland booktown Norway July 2018

So this month's blog is a few writing prompts for anyone else staycationing in their own deckchair. Take a break from your WIP, or kickstart a piece of flash fiction or a short story. 

Use one of the opening lines and write solidly for ten minutes:

She had not expected to be holidaying at home but...

A pair of broken sunglasses lay on the deckchair.

A solitary blue suitcase circled the luggage carousel.


Visual prompts if you prefer










Now repeat in a different genre and see where the same prompt takes you. So if you never normally write horror or thriller (my personal favourite),  or romance, indulge in a little genre swapping. 


Happy Holidays!




Tracy Darnton is the author of YA thrillers The Truth About Lies and The Rules. She is currently in her deckchair tackling edits for the next thriller.

You can follow Tracy on Twitter @TracyDarnton




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