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Writing Workshop #30 – Transitions, bangs and being in charge

Welcome back to your weekly Writing Workshop. Thanks for your patience last week. I was recovering from a bad Fibro flare-up and then there was Kai’s birthday and an AMAZING day to go and see the Picasso exhibition at Tate Liverpool (a whole other blog post) And, it seems, it wasn’t just me feeling a bit weary last week so no bad thing to have a breather perhaps. We’re back to normal this week though, so I hope a week off has given you a renewed energy to get writing.

For any newbies (and it’s never to late to join in), here’s how it works: I’m going to give you 5 writing/blogging prompts. Pick one, pick two, or do them all if you’re really keen – it’s up to you. How you respond is your choice. You could share a real-life story, or make one up. You could write a poem or just free-write without thinking too hard and see what happens. It can be funny; it can be serious; it can be emotional. It can be whatever you want it to be. The only rule is to enjoy writing your post and get something out of the process.

Prompts each week take their inspiration from blogs, current affairs, daily life, or just whatever everyone happened to be talking about that week. If you’d like to suggest a prompt for a future workshop then send me an email or catch me on Twitter – I would love to hear your ideas.

And remember! We’re not looking for perfection here! Just have a go! The best way to get better at writing is PRACTISE. All the best writers aren’t afraid to write badly. So turn your inner-critic off for a while and just see what words come out.

Here’s this week’s prompts!

1. What’s your therapy?
- Inspired by Kerry-Ann at Falling Starlett who has been using music to give her inspiration and peace.

2.Tell us a story of something that happened with a bang.
- Inspired by Emma’s beautiful firework photos over at Me, the Man and the Baby.

3. Who’s your boss? Who (or what!) is in charge of you and your life?
- Inspired by Geeky Mummy’s four year old’s impeccable logic

4. Share your experience of a difficult transition. A moving ‘from’ to ‘something new’.
- Inspired by the Bubbleboo and her son’s Transition Day at school.

And finally, the last prompt is just one word. This should allow you a bit more creative freedom if you feel like taking the safety harness that particular week.

5. Running
- Inspired by World of Walker who has been finding her running feet again

Now here’s what you have to do. Write your post and publish it on your blog between now and THURSDAY. On Thursday come back and use the widget that will be up to paste in the URL of your post to share. Then take some time to read some of the other entries and leave some comment love! We’re not here to critique – just to have fun and support each other in our writing experiments. So be kind please. Anyone who would like to submit something via email, or even anonymously will be more than welcome to do so. I’ll post them on the site here and include the link in Thursday’s round-up.

Feel free to use the Workshop badge on your blog or as part of your post if you like. Code is here:

Note: I’m told Blogger does something a bit funny with the code so you’ll need to copy and paste it and then retype the quotation marks (“) as Blogger changes them for some reason. See you Thursday then!


This Writing Workshop is brought to you in association with Mama Kat’s Losin’ It – who’s lovely author came up with the concept and runs her own workshop over in the U.S.


  1. Oh I finally feel there is something I can write about :D never done this before writing workshop that is :D

  2. I haven't done this for ages, but am already inspired by four out of the five prompts, so I'll be back again, I promise. I've missed it!

  3. Wow, I am honored to be an inspiration (well I guess it is my cheeky daughter!). Happy birthday to Kai, Two is such an adorable age.

  4. I'm so excited that my post inspired a prompt. So excited in fact that I actually joined in – that's twice in a row!

  5. Tina inspires me. I saw this on her blog and decided to give it a try. I think I already posted my blog. I chose "Running" and had an interesting time with it. Thanks!


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