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The other four senses

Pick a spot, sit down and close your eyes. Notice the scent. Does the air smell like car exhaust or lemon disinfectant? Listen to the sounds. Do you hear a keyboard tapping or a creaking door? How does the asphalt feel beneath you, or the fabric of your picnic blanket? Now write it down. Make …

By Hillary Casavant | Published: May 24, 2013

“Do you need help?”

Use this line at the beginning, end, or somewhere in the middle of a story. Who needs help? What do they need? Why do they need it?   For more inspiration, visit our database of writing prompts.

By Hillary Casavant | Published: May 10, 2013

Tickle the taste buds

What does a sunset taste like? How about a conversation between former lovers? Is longing like dried cherries, desire a slice of chocolate torte? Make a list of food metaphors that give an abstract emotion or complicated situation flavor and substance.

By Hillary Casavant | Published: May 3, 2013

Heartbreak Hotel

Write the scene of your first heartbreak from a third-person point of view. Pretend you’re a bystander and capture the environment, the dialogue, the facial expressions. How does distancing yourself from the event change the way you write about it?   For more inspiration, visit our database of writing prompts.

By Hillary Casavant | Published: April 26, 2013

Please, Mr. Postman

With a decline in postal service, hand-written letters may be a dying form of communication. But imagine a major power outage forces your character to write a letter. What would he write? Would she use stationary, a torn magazine page, a scrap of lined yellow paper? Who would he write to? How would she send …

By Hillary Casavant | Published: April 19, 2013

Blame it on the weatherman

A blizzard in July. Thunder in February. A hurricane in Kansas. How would a dramatic change in weather affect your plot or character? Write a scene with unexpected weather and see how it pushes your character in new directions, reflects an emotion or conveys a tone.   For more inspiration, visit our database of writing prompts.

By Hillary Casavant | Published: April 5, 2013