Looters with Rights

April 22, 2020

Life in Words

Gave them a term and a right to lead

But they too the chance and decided to rule

With a fist of iron and brass shoes

They steal even from empty pots

Then they feed the hungry with spiced vomit

Their words can tame a tiger

And their decoys appeal more than reality

They flash paper on us during campaigns

The sight of paper blind us

The very sight of it numbs our brains

And back to office we return them

Days later, we cry and complain

We blame other tribes, we kill and steal

We seek justice, the same we trashed

Time passes, debts make skyscrapers

When campaigns come next, we shall again

Without effort forget. We shall go blind

And we shall elect them again.

We have made it the circle of life

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The Writers Block — Gastradamus

April 17, 2020



Banished and Ripped from the pages of an incomplete story. So how does it finish? Is it a bump in the road or a dead ending?. When you arrive you’ve got two options. Keep on trucking or drive off the cliff. If you stay here too long it can become detrimental, which is where I […]

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How To Tell A Story

April 16, 2020

Banter Republic

Storytelling is a dying art. For many many years, parents thrilled children with tales by the moonlight. Tales ranging from the evolution of man to his fall, as well as, little snippets about the ancient gods of fire, air, water, and earth. These days, not so much.

Can you imagine that there are parents that can’t even tell jokes, let alone a full-blown story? Tragic to say the least. What’s more tragic? Laughing midway into a joke or forgetting the other half of the story after a pretty decent build-up. Whoever is guilty of this deserves prison time. I’m sorry Uncle Uche, you have to go!

20200405_163844_0000The outlandish headline sells the story. 

20200405_195523_0000Every story begins with a hook. In fishing, you need the hook to well, hook in your fish. A “hook” is your opener. It’s the attention-getter, the question or quote that immediately hooks your listener or reader.


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Creative Writing Course Book

April 3, 2020

Wielding words

March 21, 2020



This year, the Auckland Writers Festival’s 20th anniversary, features some of the planet’s most influential people who will talk environment, gender politics, conformity, religious faith, international diplomacy, mental health, penal reform, indigenous rights, terrorism, technology.


Also see


Just see it’s been cancelled, like so many other events. What a pity!

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Do you want to work from home as a writer? Start here!

February 29, 2020

Hi Jody
Thanks for the follow and likes.
if you want to follow me, go to
(to find one or two of interest…perhaps)

and/or https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31



# Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
* By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

(get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

* or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

“total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time) #

The impossible we do immediately; however miracles take a little longer!

* (You may think I’m joking, but just ask my friends!)

Who says men can’t multi-task!

Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

– Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

All the best with your blog
Shared by “early bird” (very) * craig
* my “best” time (by far)

“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder” *

* not bridges (thank goodness)!

Well my family and friends say I’m “safest” just writing and sharing

Driven to share, uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire


“Live each day as if it’s your last…
and one day you’ll be right!

Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Cafe Legacy

#shamelessplug: If you are looking for an experienced writer to hire as a mentor or consultant please contact me to discuss. You can find my rates and types of projects I work on here.

As my blog followers come to nearly 3,000 I’m excited to see an uptick in the number of comments and people reaching out to me directly through my contact page. I’ve been fielding several questions each day from people interested in writing their life stories to requests for writing specific sequences of a person’s life. Though, one thing I hadn’t received directly was the question I finally received yesterday from a follower cfoster20, “I would love to write full time or even part time, but not sure how to get started. Any suggestions?”

In the past I may have fielded this question directly with a phone call or one-on-one emails. However, I think this…

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“I want to write with a sense of wild abandonment…”

February 13, 2020


Originally posted on Inspirational videos: https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/fair-play-my-son-im-giving-you-the-ball-and-naming-you-scrum-half-for-your-team-in-the-game-of-life-ive-seen-your-coach-so-im-giving-it-to-you-straight-there-i-2/ Originally posted on BOOKS BY CRAIG LOCK: via https://writeinthezone.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/i-want-to-write-with-a-sense-of-wild-abandonment-5/ http://www.writingandformula1.wordpress.com and http://www.craigswritingjourney.wordpress.com Have some FUN along life’s journey pic from http://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31 http://www.racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com and http://www.thedriverthenurseandthewriter.wordpress.com via “I want to write with a sense of wild abandonment…” — Books by craig lock: “Explore, Dream, Discover” https://vimeo.com/158380530 from a Google search (my “filing…

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Eagle Productions Creative Writing Courses

February 5, 2020

“The unknown writer”

November 26, 2019

A university creative writing class was asked to write a concise essay containing the following elements:

September 29, 2019

Creative Writing Course

A university creative writing class was asked to write a concise essay containing the following elements:

1. Religion
2. Royalty
3. Sex
4. Mystery

The prize-winning essay read:

‘My God,” said the Queen, “I’m pregnant. I wonder who did it!”

from a lesson on our original creativewriting course (1998)
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‘Write, create, innovate’

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