A blog by ERMurray
Photos, people, experiences, dreams: in other words, ideas. They have to come from somewhere, but it’s not always easy. Let Wordspark inspire you. You never know where it might lead…
Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.
Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.
Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.
You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com
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You can never have too many ideas – keep a notebook with you ALL the time to jot them down in – you think you’ll remember them but you won’t! Tear out articles from magazines and newspapers, keep a scrapbook, keep your inspiration close to hand. But if you’re stuck or want something totally fresh, see what you can do with our story starter ideas…
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More ideas to get you scribbling – if you’re reached an impasse with your own story, try writing 1000 words using these images as inspiration, it will get the cogs turning again and might show you where you’re gone astray…
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The Wordspark blog is all about giving you inspiration whether it’s for flash fiction, poetry, a short story or something longer – check out our previous Story Starter posts if you missed them. There’s nothing more daunting than the blank page, so here are some images to get your imagination firing – if you’d like to add what you come up with to the comments, we’ll publish what we can, or just use these for...Read the full article >>
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New year, new you, new story! Here, we hope, is some inspiration for you….
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If you’re full of Christmas pudding and need some space to chill, here are some pictures that might inspire a story – see what you can come up with… #
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Whatever you want to write, the blank page can be daunting – take these pictures and write something…
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More ideas for you – whether it’s flash fiction, a short story of the start of a novel, see what inspiration you can find here:
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This week we’ve got some more story starter ideas for you – see what you can make of these. If you’d like to share your story, add to the comments and we’ll publish what we can – but if you’d rather keep it to yourself, please do that!
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Stuck for an idea for a new story? Try and see what you make of these – you could write flash fiction, a short story or perhaps they might kick off an idea for a novel. It’s Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival 2nd-4th November this weekend (have you booked your tickets at www.murderone.ie?!), so for Wordspark 3 we’re giving you some images that might inspire something thrilling….
Northern Irish Writers: Call for Roaming Writer-in-Residence Programme
Applications Deadline: 15th November 2018 Funded by ACNI and in partnership with Irish Rail and Translink, we are excited to announce the return of our mobile all-island residency working with a Roaming Writer-in-Residence (RWIR). Travelling from north to south on our railway lines, the Roaming WIR will listen to voices and conversations of people on the trains, accumulating stories and building a treasure chest of potential workshops or essay ideas. The writer will connect and work...Read the full article >>