A Year Of Ideas – 365 sets of writing prompts and exercises

I have a new writing book out! Isn’t it pretty? And to prove it’s useful too, here’s the blurb …

All writers need ideas. We need topics and themes, prompts to get started and a little encouragement to keep going. New writers may be wondering where to begin, daunted by a blank page and want help to transform thoughts into fiction. Even the most experienced have dry periods when ideas don’t flow, or times when they appreciate a push to try something different.

Patsy Collins’ methods are proven to work. She’s employed them at workshops where she’s never failed to get her attendees, from brand new and nervous to burnt out, not just writing but producing interesting scenes, snippets and stories.

Each of the daily sets of prompts in this book have been used in some way by Patsy, to create her own work. She needs a lot of ideas as she’s completed five novels, co-written From Story Idea to Reader (an accessible guide to writing fiction) and produced nineteen collections of themed short stories, averaging two dozen per book. Hundreds and hundreds of her short stories have been published – mainly in women’s magazines. She blogs, writes articles, wins competitions and is always working on something new.

Whether you’re a new writer, or a more experienced one temporarily out of ideas, have hours to fill or just five free minutes, you’ll find something in this book to help get you writing – every day of the year.

It’s available as an ebook for £2.50 ($3.22) or a paperback for £6 ($7.74). Buy it here.

Christmas reading

One of my stories is in the Ireland’s Own Christmas Annual 2019. I do like their illustrations – they’re always so reassuringly traditional, which I feel somehow gives the stories a timeless quality.

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I’m a cover girl!

I’m very pleased to get mentioned on the cover of the latest issue of The People’s Friend, especially under the phrase ‘The best fiction!’ in large letters!

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Spookily enough

I have a new book out! The title, Slightly Spooky Stories III, probably tells you all you need to know, but I’ll give you the blurb anyway …

Ghosts, sixth sense and things not of this world aren’t always scary, though they can be. Some

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