Writing Exercises

What’s Your Name? Letter S

These writing exercises (I have dubbed them ‘communications’) shall continue right through to Letter Z. In some instances, I’m having to pre-pick the names, but it is still done randomly and from the first page of each letter in my naming book.

Catch up on the previous installments here:

Letter Q

Letter R

Today’s name is:

Sabine: A French and German feminine form of Sabina, meaning Sabine Woman.

Hand Delivered Letter to Sabine Leeder

Dear Sabine Leeder

You do not know me, but I know your brother in law. I know he has been in touch with you, and I know you have remained in regular contact with him. You are expecting your nephew and sister to visit you, and you may be wondering how I know all of this- I know this because the people he is running from, the people he wants to protect his family from, also know this. Tell him to NOT use the postal system again- foolish error.

The T.D.E.D are setting up a task force to ambush your brother in law and nephew at your residence. This letter is my only way to communicate. Tell him that I will secure his family, and that the both of you must get out of town and lie low. Meet me at his mother’s true home at noon in two days time- 31st. He’ll know where I mean.

Destroy this letter ASAP.

A concerned friend.


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What’s Your Name? Letter Q

Another crazy amount of time has passed between my writing exercises, but that tends to happen when you have two WIPs on the go. However, I want to crank out some new characters- I just can’t help myself.

I have scheduled writing exercises up to the letter S. Keep your eyes peeled on Wednesday and Friday of this week for the other two. These shall be in the form of letter communications as I had great fun writing the previous letters, and received great feedback.

The ‘Q’ name randomly selected from the first Q page of my naming book is:

Quentin: A masculine first name meaning ‘fifth’ in Italian. A variant form of Quinton.

 Letter to Quentin

Dear Quentin,

How the hell do I start this letter? Well, I’m not dead. I’m sorry I had to keep you in the dark, but it was for the good of both you and your mother. I hope you can forgive me once you hear what I have to say- that is, if you havent burnt this letter already. I pray to God that you haven’t.

I have been hunted for many years, and when I met your mother I thought I’d finally had an identity that allowed me to remain hidden, but they found me, and I had to leave before they learnt of my life, of my family. It was hard, but necessary. If I’m being honest, and needs must now, I wouldn’t have come back into your life if I didn’t have to. I know the damage I have caused- am causing, but you need to take heed of what I’m going to say, Quentin. You need to get your mother and head for your Aunt Sabine’s. I think my phone is being monitored, so I had to write this letter. You’re already running out of time, Son. Please, go now.

You must hate me, but I love you. Believe me when I say that this is life and death. I’ll be waiting for you. Tell no one where you are going and destroy this letter.

See you soon, Son.

Dad x


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Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, November 9th 2015

Maya Angelou 1928-2014

Author, Poet, and American Rights Activist

‘Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.’

‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’

‘The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.’

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’

Happy Monday, Folks.

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, November 2nd 2015

I have chosen creativity to be my theme this week. I think it is important for every author, singer, artist, musician, dancer… to read these quotes and take them on board. In my opinion, creativity and bravery go hand in hand.

‘An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.’ ~ Edwin Land

‘And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’ ~ Sylvia Plath

‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ ~ Scott Adams

Happy Monday to all the creative souls out there!

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, October 26th 2015

Family is what you make it. I’m incredibly lucky to have a big, close family and I include important friends in that category. With my wedding coming up in eight weeks, my family have given me fantastic support and help in preparation for the big day. It’s times like these when you realise just how lucky you are to have amazing people in your life.

‘Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.’ ~ Jane Howard

‘Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.’ ~ Paul Pearshall

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, October 12th 2015

Happy Monday to you all.

I’m feeling motivated to crack on and blow a hole in my word count target this week, and I wanted to share my motivation with the world. Today’s quotes are motivational and inspirational and I hope they put you in the right frame of mind to kick Monday’s ass.

‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.’ ~ Arthur Ashe

‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.’ ~ Audrey Hepburn

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, October 5th 2015

As a teen, I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and needless to say, I was in awe. I loved Jo’s fierce intellect, Beth’s kind nature, and Amy’s vanity and immaturity. I learn’t some important lessons from reading this book as a teen.

The following quotes speak for themselves:

“I like good strong words that mean something.” ~ Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.  Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.” ~ Marmie, Little Women by Louise May Alcott.