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October is Here! (and so is our next theme)

October 1, 2021– I’m so excited that October is here because it’s the most wonderful time of the year to me! It’s that much closer to Halloween and that’s my favourite day, it’s like Christmas! This month we’re going to focus on writing prompts so that you can continue to hone your craft. Writing prompts are great because they open up our minds and stretch our imaginations and sometimes allow us to escape our comfort zone by writing out of our genre. This is going to be a really great month and I’m so excited that you’ll be joining us!

Here is the writing prompt for today: Using the photo above, write a 1200 word short story in the cozy romance genre.  Definition of “cozy romance” according to the Huffington Post: Cozies are fun to read. There’s a formula to the cozies that work very well drawing readers back again and again. The amateurs in such stories are nearly always well educated, intuitive women. Books, especially in series form usually have the story line relate to the detective’s job or hobby. Murderers in cozy mysteries are generally intelligent, rational, articulate people, and murders are pretty much bloodless and neat. Violence and sex are low-key and supporting background characters bring comic relief to the story. Some cozy series are set during holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas making them more intimate to the reader.


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Push It to the Limit

April 7, 2021-We’re a week into our theme this month about pushing the envelope in your writing. Let’s define what pushing the envelope means and how we can incorporate its definition into our work.  Pushing the envelope is defined by the dictionary as to approach or extend the limits of what is possible.

We’re going to do an exercise today that will help you extend the limits of what is possible using the photo writing prompt above. For the chance to have your work featured on our blog during April, send us your story of 1200 words or less to

Remember, we aren’t looking for the obvious! This writing prompt should push you to explore a new style, genre, and voice than what you’re used to writing.  Best of luck, you can do it!