Writing Hour Roundup: 08 November 2022

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“The People’s Friend” Writing Hour is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on Twitter and it’s always a brilliant time! It’s a time when we can get together with writers for a chat.

Every week we summarise everything that went on right here for those who missed out.

This week we talked about newspapers, Mastermind specialist subjects and which fictional character you would be for a day.

Do you ever read newspapers to find inspiration for your stories? 

Newspapers can be a great resource for fiction writing. You never know what might spark an idea. 

You might even find inspiration for a historical story if your local library has archived newspapers! 

How much do you know about your characters before you start writing? Do you have a character sheet or do you get to know them as you go? 

The majority of you said that you might know a little about them before going into the story, but that the characters reveal themselves as you write. 

A couple of you prefer to have a good idea of your characters before you begin though. 

There’s no right or wrong way – it’s whatever works for you!  

If you were to apply to Mastermind, which author would you choose as your specialist subject? 

There were some great picks on the thread!  

I turned the question on to the Fiction team. Alan said that he’d choose Ian Fleming and Manon said J. K. Rowling. 

Having loved her books and worked on her official magazine, I have to go with Jacqueline Wilson! 

Use these three words to write some flash fiction: Recruit, game, drum. 

You never disappoint! Here are just a couple of the responses: 

For many of us, this is a horror story!  

Intriguing! We wonder what happens next . . . 

Finally, if you could be a fictional character for a day, who would it be? 

There were some great answers again! Here are just a couple: 



We’ll see you at our next Writing Hour on Twitter — 11 a.m. on Tuesday 15 November, 2022.

Or click here to see our previous roundups.

Abigail Phillips

Abbie is the newest member of the fiction team at the "Friend." She loves how varied the role is - every day is different and there is always a new story to read. She is keen to work closely with established writers and discover new writers, too.