'A Story a Day' Challenge, Fiction, Writing

‘A Story a Day’ Progress

This weekend I dropped the ball of writing. I haven’t written anything for the last two days because yesterday I was so busy, that I didn’t stop until it was time to watch the first episode of my favourite programme ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and by the time that had finished, it was too late to write.

Then today, I have been feeling a bit tired and generally under the weather. So I’m giving myself the day off to do nothing, but read and watch TV.

Whilst I think it’s important to incorporate creativity and writing into your day to day life, sometimes it’s better to rest, so that you can come back with a fresh mind and the energy to create again.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do about the prompts that I have missed for the ‘Story a Day’ challenge. I may try and merge the prompts together, or I may just start a fresh with tomorrow’s prompt. One thing is for sure, I will try and get back to writing, as soon as I can.

Are you the type of writer to write no matter what, or do you think your creativity benefits from having the odd day off now and then?

Books, Crime, Fiction, Four Star Rating, Paula Hawkins, Reading, Reviewing, Thriller

Review-‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins

girl on the train

Image from www.amazon.co.uk

The ‘Blurb’:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

My Thoughts:

Having watched the film of this book, I decided to see how the book differs. Apart from the ending being slightly different, the film version stays true to this book.

All of the characters in the book were flawed, therefore believable. I enjoyed the twists and turns of this book and also the back stories to some of the characters.

I would definitely read this book again, but I will leave some time before doing so, so this story can have the impact that was intended.

I recommend this novel.

My Rating: ****

'A Story a Day' Challenge, Fiction, Short Story, Writing

‘Story A Day’ Challenge -Day 20

You know when you get a good idea for a story, but once you start writing, you realize that in order to make the story sound authentic, you’re going to have to do some research?

Well, today is one of those days for me. The prompt for today for the ‘Story a Day’ challenge, is Write A Story In The Form Of Letters and I chose to write letters between Dorothy, a pregnant woman in London and Reginald, her husband who has been sent away to fight in World War Two.

Once I started writing, I felt the emotion of the two characters, so far from each other, But, as I have been documenting Reg’s journey to the battle field, I think I’m going to have to research the routes that Regiments took and the sort of food they ate etc. I didn’t think that I was a sentimental type, but I’ve discovered during the challenge, that I have written some emotive pieces.

I’ve had to research some rather strange subject during my writing projects, for example, subliminal messages and so, when this challenge finishes, it looks like I will be doing some more investigating.

When writing a story, what sort of things have you had to research, to give your work an authentic touch?

'A Story a Day' Challenge, Fiction, Short Story, Writing

‘Story a Day’ Challenge- Day 19

You know when runners talk about hitting ‘The Wall’ when they are doing a marathon? Well, I have no actual experience of that as I don’t run anywhere, but I think there’s such a thing as hitting ‘The Wall’ with writing too.


Image: pexels.com

So far, I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the ‘Story a Day’ challenge, but today, I really had to force myself to start writing instead of watching YouTube videos. I think fatigue of writing every single day, is setting in.

I didn’t feel like actually writing an entire story, but I used today’s prompt Write The Same Incident From Three Different Perspectives, to write brief back stories of three different characters and a brief outline of a story, revolving around a heist at a jewellery shop .

Whilst it’s not exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, I think that if I had an idea in my head, but didn’t have enough energy to start writing the story all down, making plans is enough. At least I can come back to it later.

In the past, I never used to make a plan for any of my writing projects. I would sit down and think ‘What should I write today?’ and then I went with the first thing that came into my head.

Whilst this type of writing was fun; the story would reveal itself as I was writing, I would find myself going through so many twists and turns, that I wasn’t able to find a decent way to get myself and my characters, out of the situations they had found themselves in.

So, I try to plan when I write. I don’t plan rigidly, because if I just stuck to writing out my plan, there wouldn’t be any room for surprises during my writing and that would leave me feeling bored.

This works for me as a writer, but for anyone else who writes, do you stick to your plan or do you give your self enough room for improvisation? Do you have a plan at all when writing? I’d be interested in hearing your writing processes.

'A Story a Day' Challenge, Fiction, Short Story

‘Story a Day’ Challenge Days 17 and 18

I missed yesterday’s update about the ‘Story a Day’ challenge, but I still wrote something.

Following on from day 16, where I wrote a story based on one of the 7 Deathly Sins, I decided to incorporate all of them, by writing a story set in an eating competition. I think this story has good potential, I think it’s going to be my darkest story yet. However, I need to iron a few things out, when I revise this story.

Today’s prompt, was Write a Story in 14 Sentences. At first, I thought this would be an impossible task, especially since we had to write sort of poetry and I have always struggled with this type of writing in the past. However, once I started writing this short story, about a woman who wins the lottery, it flowed quite quickly. I’m not sure whether it’s good or nit, but I enjoyed writing it.

Do you enjoy writing poetry, or like me, does it scare you a little?

Blogging, Life

Sunshine Blogger Awards!

Yesterday. I was really busy (unfortunately too busy to post about yesterday’s ‘Story A  Day’ prompt but don’t worry, an update will be along shortly), but I noticed that Tammy at ‘Tammy’s Reading Life’ had nominated me for a ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’, which is rather nice!

Here’s what I have to do in return:


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Here are the questions from Tammy:

  1. What is inspiring you right now?

Definitely the ‘Write a Story’ challenge. I’m getting so many ideas for different stories and I have loved experimenting with new styles of writing.

2. What is a small joy you do not give yourself often enough?

The time to either write or read. With everything that is going on with my life at the moment, those two things have been relegated to the back of my priorities. However I’ve realized that it’s so important to find time for creativity and expression.

3.What do you need more of in your life?

More relaxation and free time!

4.What is something you buy that you always consider quality first?

Shoes or handbags!

5.When did you last cry?

Ohh, I’m not sure. Maybe a couple of weeks ago, when I was feeling a little overwhelmed by things

6. What are you grateful for?

My Family, Friends, the place I live, the opportunity to paint and create. The list is endless.

7.What is your favorite season?

I like autumn, because the weather is still quite nice during the day, but a little colder at night, so I can curl up in a blanket and read.

8. What is your favorite smell?

Baking bread or freshly cut grass.

9. Woods or water?


10. What is your favorite word?

Ohh I don’t know! Loquacious is a cool word to say.

11. Would you rather have a sandwich or a drink named after you

Definitely a cocktail, preferably with rum in it!

Here are the blogs I nominate for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’:



Literary Blogger

CJR The Brit

Daily (w)rite 


Ailish Sinclair

Jen Writes

Chloe’s Book Blog

All Things Liv

And anyone else who has been kind enough to visit my blog and read it, can have the award too!

My questions for you are:

  1. If you could only read one book and watch one film for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  2. Tea or Coffee?
  3.  Paper Books or E- Books?
  4. What’s your favourite day of the week?
  5. Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
  6. What’s your favourite number?
  7. If you could have dinner with anyone famous (dead or alive) who would they be and why?
  8. Who is your favourite Author?
  9. Why did you start blogging?
  10. What makes you happy?
  11. Dogs or Cats?


'A Story a Day' Challenge, Fiction, Short Story, Writing

‘Story a Day’ Challenge- Day 16

I think today’s ‘Story a Day’ prompt is going to take several days to complete. Today’s prompt, write A Story In The Form Of A list, is asking us to use a list to write a story.

I have chosen to use the 7 Deadly Sins and I have decided to write short stories for each one.

Today, I have written an 8 page short story on ‘Greed’. The story is about a man who works to gain more and more money, but I’ve got another 6 Deadly Sins to write about, and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to complete them all in one day.

So far during this challenge, I’ve felt quite confident about keeping up with everything, but today I’m feeling very overwhelmed!

Has anyone else completing this challenge, or who writes in general, felt overwhelmed by a writing task?

Hopefully I can carry on with this tomorrow and also keep up with the next prompt!