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Writing prompt: Glass act

  Think about the meanings and expressions related to the word “glass.” For example: glassy-eyed; glass half empty/full; glass of water, wine, etc.; eyeglasses; smooth as glass; clear as glass; hourglass; magnifying glass; glass slippers. Play with these until one of them leads you to a story, essay, or poem.

Published: September 21, 2018

Dental work

Write a short story that takes place at the 45th annual International Tooth Fairy Convention.  

Published: September 7, 2018

Summer writing prompt: Heat wave

  Tennessee Williams’ plays often take place in summertime, when the sweltering Southern heat helps drive characters to their breaking points. How would a brutal heat wave (and no air conditioning) affect the characters in your novel, especially if they were all under one roof? For an extra challenge, take the heat wave scene you …

Published: August 24, 2018

August writing prompt: Pool party

  On a hot August day, a character takes a trip to the community pool. Once there, the character witnesses an event that shuts down the pool for the rest of the summer. What happens? How does it affect the character? Build tension by describing the weather, the swimmers, the sounds and smells.

Published: August 3, 2018

July writing prompt: Pack it up

  Traveling usually catches us unprepared in some way, and what we do about it can be very revealing. Write about a time you (or your main character) packed all the wrong stuff.

Published: July 20, 2018

A perfect Independence Day writing prompt

Write a story about a character who makes a declaration of independence. What does the character want to be free from: a job, a relationship, a habit? How will the character disengage from that tyranny? What happens as a result? How does the character grow and change from the experience? Do life, liberty, and the …

Published: July 3, 2018