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Here are three sentences that could be used as the beginning of a short story. If you want, you can use them as a prompt or beginning.

1. The sun was burning hot on the dusty road when she first saw the man who would change her life forever.
2. The rain pattered against the window as she opened the letter and read the words that would turn her life upside down.
3. The wind howled through the bare trees as she set out to uncover the secret her family had kept for generations.
Have you ever wanted to know why not all writing exercises work? Are you interested in finding the best one for you?

There is a science behind EVERYTHING: being bored, having imagination, writing dialogues and inventing worlds. But of course, there is also behind writing exercises!

In the newest article on my blog "Write a novel, I'll show you why which writing exercises are best for you. Grab a notebook and let's get started!

"The SCIENCE of writing exercises (+ tips on show, not tell)
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#2293351 by Jeremy 🏳️‍🌈

You have to write a first sentence for a book that goes with a picture prompt. Not only is it fun, but it's also good practice for your first sentences!
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Thanks for the shoutout, Evie! *Bigsmile*
Book review of Rumo by Walter Moers

If you haven't joined "Rach's Reading Club" yet, I highly recommend you do so. It's not too late!

This is for July Theme: Free month - any books you choose.

I've been reading "Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures" by Walter Moers (in German), a fantasy-adventure novel about a Wolpertinger in the fantasy world of Zamonia who wants to find and save his great love. There are also a lot of other characters, each with a different, exciting inner conflict.

The extremely recommendable book is 692 pages long in the English print edition and is rated 4.8 stars on Amazon (both in the German and English versions). The book was published in April 2003. The novel climbed to number 3 on Spiegel's bestseller list.

The characters in the story are fictional. The book is, in my opinion, at least as good as Harry Potter. It has been translated into a variety of languages, including English, Finnish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Slovak, Czech, Korean, Thai and Taiwanese. The book contains many reminiscences of different eras, such as medieval aventiure journeys and heroic epics, as well as classics like Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne and Karl May.

The book is primarily about Wolpertingers who are abducted to the "underworld". They try to free themselves, but the king wants them to fight each other. We see efforts of all the characters. We see them struggling to be free (respectively have fun, wash the blood off their hands, kill or become king) as they interact with each other. And at the end we see how ... do you really think I would tell you the ending? Murders, smells, cyclops, lighthouses, mysterious domes, dead yetis and instruments of torture also feature in the book.

I particularly like the many storylines, the world, the characters (and the dialogue!) and the theme and plot. You have to bear in mind, however, that you won't get away from the book that quickly!

As an interesting addition, you can also read through the other books by Walter Moers. They are all set in Zamonia and thus complement and explain each other. I can only recommend it!

If you like books about adventure, first love, beings created by alchemists and totally exciting novels or books with admirably perfectly developed characters, I can only recommend this book. It is my absolute favourite book!
I see the series of 4 books is available on Audible  . Click the Audible link to be taken to them (hopefully). They are rated 4.4 - 4.6 stars there--still good ratings.

As for the smells you mention, I suspect they might be dead yetis. A dead yeti, while I've never smelled one, seems like it must smell TERRIBLE! *Vomit* *Laugh*
Schnujo In the German version it is a long book. The audiobook (I admit I listened to the audiobook) is one too. It is 25 hours long and is read by Dirk Bach.
However, it is divided into two parts (by title in the book) "Obenwelt" and "Untenwelt". This means that there are two worlds, one above and one below, and that the first half of the book takes place above and the second below.
From what I saw on the list of audiobooks for this series, I think book 2 is actually 2 books, not that it's combined, but that's how it's supposed to be...unless the paperback series is 5 books, but I doubt it. The English audiobook was also like 24+ hrs.
You are back in the bookshop. But you have a problem: somehow all the books look boring. And the blurbs are rubbish again...
But then there is this one great cover, the magically attractive title, the interesting blurb... You open the book expectantly - and you don't like it. Of course you don't.

If this sounds familiar, check out my article: "Write a novel
         "Judging a book by its cover
I've added a new item to my portfolio:
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A 40 word poem about a hopeless romantic person in a dystopian world
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That is the prompt for today.
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Express yourself Within Forty Words   (E)
Express your thoughts about the given subject within forty words.
#2287902 by Dr Rupali Goswami
I've added a new item to my portfolio:
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Trine, 7 syllables per line
You are a writer (or want to be). You want to improve. With every single piece of writing. You don't want to write at your current level forever.

But let me tell you a secret: practise makes perfect.

In this article, I'm going to show you a way to pass the time and practise writing at the same time.

And I promise: you will have time for it every day of your life!

         "The life-changing writing tip (you‘ll find time every day)
Thank you very much, Schnujo ! *Hug1**Smile**Hug2* *InLove2*
I'd just like to add a caveat:
"Perfect practice makes perfect."

If you practise, but keep on practising doing the wrong things, then those bad habits will become ingrained. You need to make sure what you are writing is as good as possible and practise that. Writing, sport, music, all of it - perfect practice makes perfect.

Sorry, just thought I'd interrupt.
I'll go away now...
I actually thought that, Steven (PLEASE BUY MY BOOKS!), but didn't bother saying it. However, you are correct. *Smile*
Are you looking for motivation to write?
Maybe you want to become happy and productive  , listen to the truth   or just get some tips  .
In any case, I wish you lots of fun and success!
Looking for something to write this weekend?

The One-Line Lyric Challenge  (E)
A musically-inspired challenge with monthly writing prompts. Prizes included!
#2293321 by Anni Pon

There are 0 entries on this prompt so far!

"Note: Looking for something to write this memorial day ..."
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Thank you so much for promoting my challenge!
Express yourself Within Forty Words   (E)
Express your thoughts about the given subject within forty words.
#2287902 by Dr Rupali Goswami

Have you seen "Express yourself Within Forty Words yet? It's unique because you have to express yourself in 40-word poems or stories. It's a fun exercise - and there are Merit Badges!

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Monsters are looking for a home! Become a Momster or Popster today and adopt a cute monster!

Merit Badge Magic  (E)
A magical way to inspire your Muse! New themes to write about every month. Not a contest.
#2293943 by ♊️GeminiGem💎

You can get MBs here too! There are 9 days and 13 hours left, so you still have enough time to participate. Get your to-do list out and write the activity on it.
Thanks, Evie! *Bigsmile*
Appreciate the shout-out.
Writing a book is difficult. Three things are most difficult: a suitable beginning, an exciting, interesting middle during which you don't give up on the project ... and a satisfying ending!

You can end a book in three ways - with action (e.g. a kiss), dialogue or something spoken (e.g. "I promise. And this time I'll keep my promise. I promise.") or narration.

In this article I have explored and compiled some of the Narration bookends. You can change them, adapt them and use them!

         "7 templates for satisfying bookends
Book review of „Witch and Wizard“

If you haven't joined "Rach's Reading Club yet, I highly recommend you do so. It's not too late!

WdC won't let me do a product review, so I'm posting my book review here.

I've been reading Witch&Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, a YA Dystopian Sci-Fi novel about two teenagers in a lost world.

The very good selling book is 5 hours and 41 minutes long in the English version (I borrowed it from the library in the German version, which is 352 pages, and couldn't find out more about the length of the English version) and is rated 4.3 stars on Amazon. It is #10 in the Dystopian Sci-Fi for Children category and #26,772 in Audible Books & Originals. The book was published in 2009.

The characters in the story are fictional. It is written in the present tense and in the first person perspective. The book is very exciting.

The book is primarily about the siblings Whit and the rebellious Wisty (their real names are Whitford and Wisteria) who live in a world ruled by a dictator (The One). At the beginning of the first volume, they are kidnapped because it is implied that they are wizard and witch. We see their efforts for a just world. We see them struggling to be free and to free others accused while facing the death penalty on several occasions. We see Whit mourn his early girlfriend Celia, who was also killed, and how he will do anything to see her. Magic, rebels, hellhounds, drumsticks and the New Order also feature in the book.

I particularly like the world, the characters and the theme because all three work perfectly together and draw the reader into a spell from which they don't get out any time soon. The very short chapters make you want to read just one more. Almost every one ends in an interesting or exciting way - you just have to keep reading!
You have to remember, however, that this is the prelude to a series. Also, it's a young adult book. But I really enjoy reading books for young people because I write some myself.

If you like books about lost worlds and forbidden gifts, YA fantasy or YA sci-fi and suspense novels or books with lovable, rebellious characters with magical abilities and deep-rooted inner conflicts, I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it very much.
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Thanks for sharing! It sounds like a cool book. *Smile*

To be clear, they're accused of being witches, but they aren't? Or they are, but it's supposed to be a secret?
Want to learn how to write great dialogue? Do you want to know how to make it sound authentic and inspire your readers?
Then watch this video: https://youtu.be/tCZSndWrZZM
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