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Welcome to this week's Edition, and here's what's in it:

What we did last week as we finished up Story Fundamentals in the Creative Writing for Kids video series;

I give you a link to the updated eBook for the series, which includes exercises;

What I will be doing this week; and

I remind you about my book competition.

    So let's get started

    What happened last week?

    Well, last week I showed you how to add atmosphere (or tone, or emotion) to your stories, and then I finished off the week with some writing prompts. Just in case you missed them, I have copied four of these writing prompts below.

    And you know what? What not go ahead and try them? Pick one, complete it in no more than 250 words and then, if you wish, send it through to me and I will tell you what I think? What a good idea. They are available, and I add more from time to time, on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

    Now, if you haven't watched those particular videos yet, then go ahead and check them out here. 

    1. How to create atmosphere in your writing; and

    2. How to get writing ideas.

    This concludes the intro into story writing. I will, over time, begin to expand on this and bring in more advanced and complex things, such as using dialogue to develop a character and a chat on the elements of style.

    For now, here are some writing prompts for you to try out:

    Don't forget to grab the eBook

    Each week I provide a link, in this newsletter, to the Creative Writing for Kids eBook. 

    This eBook contains information on all the videos I have put out, and some exercises that you can do on each one.

    Here is the eBook for this week, and let me know if there is a particular subject you would like me to cover.

    So what's happening this week?

    This week I am moving off story telling and onto another element, or aspect, of writing: the letter.

    I will explain the differences between formal and informal letters, and how they are structured.

    So look out for those videos, and if you haven't yet done so, Subscribe to my channel and watch the playlist so that you stay up to date.

    A reminder about my Comptetition!

    Right, let's get started. First of all, some T's and C's:

    One: this is open to teen writers (no older than 16)

    Two: refer to One.

    Three: I'm giving you the topic.

    Four: refer to One.

    Five: closing date is Friday 14 August.

    So what's on offer?

    A copy of the first book in my Rudi and Raven series for teens: The Organ Grinder's Monkey. Check this site if you want to know what it is all about 'cos I ain't including it here. This newsletter is long enough. The book is in eBook format, by the way, because COVID stopped the presses and the distribution channels so I had no choice. Paperback will be out when it is out, and now you know just as much about the current lie of the land - when it comes to publishing dates and when I can do what I want to do - as I do.

    What do you have to do to win?

    Super easy. I want you to write me a short story. I want no less than 1000 words. Trust me, that's easy. 1000 words is nothing. I eat a 1000 words for breakfast. If you have four decent paragraphs you're at 1000 words already. But don't let that stop you. If you send me 2000, coolio. If you send me 3000, happy. Just don't go below 1000 and we can still be friends.

    What kind of story am I looking for?

    Go ahead and pick the genre of your choice: space opera, epic fantasy, mystery, period drama, romance, horror...it's your choice.

    What is NOT your choice, though, is this: I want you to use the following opening lines, and then build your story from there. ONLY these opening lines. This is how your story starts. What happens from there is up to you.

    And the opening lines are not part of your 1000 word minimum. Count 1000-plus from the point where my introduction ends.

    Here goes:

    I was sitting in the cafe, the late afternoon sun streaming through large bay windows. Dust devils danced and frolicked in the rays, just out of reach of a questing finger. As I lowered my glass a man sat down in the seat across from me.

    I looked left, right, behind me. Tables were open. There was no reason for this guy to sit at mine. I opened my mouth to speak but he held up one finger.

    "There's no time," he said. "You don't know me but I know you."

    He leaned in. "Time is of the essence. So listen closely."

    That's it. That's your intro. What does he tell you? What is the meaning of all this? What happens then? What happens next? What happens at the end?

    That's up to you. And when you're done, send your story to me at adrian@rudiandraven.com. I'll announce the winner via email and video, on my channel, and I will include your story on my social media pages. If you are comfortable with it and your parents allow, I will put up a picture of you. If you prefer that not to happen, you can remain anonymous and I will respect that.

    Internet safety is, after all, a given in this day and age.

    And if you have two or three ideas for this instead of just one, then submit them. I will consider them all.

    And like I always say, if there is something you want to know about, questions you want to ask, you go right ahead.

    Contact me if you need a quote on getting your copy up to scratch, be it your sales copy, web text, newsletters, and everything else and all in between. Click the About Me link at the top to see what I am about, click the Packages and Products link to see what I have to offer, and remember:

    What your customers want – and what your readers need – is punchy work that flows beautifully, that draws them in and stimulates them, and that delivers your message in the clearest way possible.

    Until then,
    Adrian, Writer, Author, Editor, Coach
    adrian@apartridge.co.za
    +27 82 920 9816
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    Adrian Partridge

    Durbanville, Cape Town

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