Writing Prompts

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Friday Figures: Your character’s former self

      Imagine your protagonist looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist. What details stand out that make your protagonist truly empathize with the other? Do the same exercise reversing the characters.

Published: November 6, 2015

Warm-up Wednesday: Take 10

      Write quickly without pausing for 10 minutes. Then write for 10 minutes as slowly as you can. Compare exercises to find the strengths of each approach. Write a new scene inspired by that discovery.

Published: November 4, 2015

Tune-in Tuesday: Listen up

    Grab a snippet of overheard conversation from a coffee shop, library or bus. Use it to start a dialogue between two of your characters.

Published: November 3, 2015

Seven ways to sin

To kick off the maniacal month of October, write a short short story about someone succumbing to one of the seven deadly sins. With a character motivated by greed, envy, laziness, gluttony, wrath, pride or lust, how can you quickly set the scene and get inside of the reader’s head? Focus on visuals and a defining …

Published: October 2, 2015

Where art thou, character?

A work of art can be a powerful tool for building character and developing motivation for actions. A good place to start is at a museum or sculpture garden. Choose a work of art and build a character around it. The character can reflect a work of art in qualities – a poker-faced Mona Lisa …

Published: September 25, 2015

A twist of genre

Take a scene from your work-in-progress and rewrite it in another genre. How would you write this scene if it were hard-boiled crime fiction, steampunk, paranormal romance or chick lit? This writing prompt was written by Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It). *For more tips …

Published: September 11, 2015

How hot are you?

Eskimo languages have an unusually large number of words for snow. But what about words for sweltering heat, the likes of which many regions are experiencing this summer? Make a list of words to describe hot weather, and then come up with a steamy story about what happens when rising temperatures affect a plot line. …

Published: July 31, 2015