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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

Back in time

If you could change history, would you? For your main character, the chance to meet his or her favorite musician means he or she doesn’t have a choice. This week’s writing prompt was created by Michael Heiss as part of The Writer‘s “Pitch Your Prompt” contest at AWP 2015.

Published: June 12, 2015

It was just a dream

A character has been having the same dream over and over for years. What is the dream? How can he or she get out of the loop? Make the dream integral to the plot of the story. This week’s writing prompt was created by Tiffany T. Cole as part of The Writer’s “Pitch Your Prompt” …

Published: June 5, 2015

Double occupancy

You check into your hotel and a stranger is already in your room. What happens? This week’s writing prompt was created by Susan Ito as part of The Writer‘s “Pitch Your Prompt” contest at AWP 2015.

Published: May 29, 2015

An awkward lunch

You are enjoying lunch with a friend when he or she states, “I was a cannibal.” Write the conversation and the lunch scene that follows. Be sure to describe emotional and physical reactions. This writing prompt was created by Patricia Stinson as part of The Writer‘s “Pitch Your Prompt” contest at AWP 2015.

Published: May 8, 2015