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Story Starters!

Article by ERMurray © 9 October 2018.
Posted in Guest Blogs ().

It’s that time of year when the kids are back to school and NaNoWriMo is almost here (the National Novel Writing Month event that takes place every November) and we know lots of people are starting new projects, or TRYING to start new projects.

Facing the blank page can be the toughest part of writing so after a chat with Vanessa and Adrian, we’ve decided to add some story start ideas to this blog – every two weeks or so we’ll post some images for you to create a story from. It can be flash fiction, a short story or it might give you an idea for the start of a novel, and you don’t have to post in the comments, but if you’d like to add your story for visitors to read, please do – we might not be able to publish them all but we’ll be able to put up a selection.

Writing.ie is all about giving you inspiration, guidance on technique and helping you find success, so here goes…here is your first Wordspark…see what you can make of these….



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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