The Black Dog

The salt of the cold winter sea air was coating Bangor pier. You could not breathe without wincing at the sting of each inhalation. The sun was already beginning to set, filling the Menai Straits with burning orange light, like a sea of fire. The wind was relentless. The rain was unyielding. The wood was…

Yolk

“Yolk! I’ve struck yolk!” I call out to the rest of the kitchen. A fountain of gloopy golden ooze erupts from the cracked surface. It coats me head to toe, filling my ears and nostrils with the sweet nectar. Toby climbs the shell, bucket in hand. “We’ve hit the motherload baby! We’re gonna be rich…

Writing exercise: 28/02/19

The exercise was to tell a well known news story, story or joke in the voice of one of the following: A 7 year old irish peasant child in 1850 A celebrated Scottish poet in 1780 An imperial Concubian in the forbidden city of the Ming dynasty in 1450 A first year Brookes student in…

In the works

I’m currently writing a story for the latest Didcot Writers anthology. The theme is first contact, so the obvious choice for me is to try and write some science fiction. Already having a lot of fun writing it! I took a small break from writing over the Christmas period as I awaited feedback from my…

5:17 on a Friday

“And now for Sally with the traffic,” “Thanks Johnny, and yes there is an awful lot of traffic building up on the A34, we’re getting reports of a fatal traffic collision involving a motorbike and lorry. Expect delays of up 2 hours as they’ve had to close one lane due to the debris. We’ll get…

An Unwanted Encounter in an Elevator

“Hold the door!” Lily made no attempt to stop the doors from closing. The Man however, made it just in time and stuck his size 12 boot into the closing gap at the last possible second. “Close one eh lass?” The Man chuckled to himself as he straightened his fedora and tucked his shirt deep…

Heart of Darkness

‘So I woke up cold again. Even with a nice puffy duvet and not one but two blankets, I was cold. Even though Bono had crept under the covers during the night, and even with our combined body heat, I was still flipping cold. ‘It’s funny really, Mum used to tell me that there are…

Writing exercise: Writing dialogue

Brief: Write a scene in which there are two people. One person is highly sophisticated, posh and is in a position of power. The other person is uneducated and has no power, they must try to convince the person in power to change their mind over something. For added hilarity, swap the implied accents around….

A Sonnet

I, Angus Broadbent have written a Sonnet! Here it is: A Sonnet When I think about writing a Sonnet, fourteen lines spring to mind with ten syllables per line and a pentameter. Not forgetting four lines in three sets, with rhyming couplets in a Shakespearean manner. A single rhyming couplet at the end. This is…

Uni

Being back at University is great. Just being around other like minded people is already helping me with the creative process. I’m feeling more motivated than ever to actually write a book. I currently have two ideas on the go at the moment and will hopefully decide on which one to focus on after my…