Writing Prompt: Urban Adventure

Switch up the setting. Do a freewrite where you change up the setting of your story. What would change if your characters lived in a city? How might the plot play our differently? Invent a city of your own. Work out how it is arranged. What structures and traditions set it apart? Who lives there? … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Urban Adventure

Get Out of the Way

"No thinking--that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is...to write, not to think!" --Finding Forrester (2000) If you haven't seen the film Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery as a reclusive writer and Rob Brown as a gifted young man from inner city … Continue reading Get Out of the Way

Writing Prompt: Home

Home is a deeply powerful theme in our lives. Whether warm fuzzy feelings, mixed memories, or even confusion, considering home in your writing will resonate with readers while helping you to explore your own experiences and/or that of your characters. Use any of the prompts below to jumpstart your writing today. Write about a homecoming. … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Home

Writing Prompt: Senses

There's something fascinating about the way the written word allows us to capture and utilize all five of our senses. That doesn't mean it's easy to get it down on the page and make it feel real to your reader, though. With today's writing prompts let's challenge ourselves to engage the senses. Who knows what … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Senses

The Creativity Question

I sometimes wonder whether curiosity, rather than creativity, is the true hallmark of an artist. In my experience, writing isn't so much an act of creation as it is a journey of discovery. As I've grown as a writer, exploring and developing my craft, I feel less and less like I am creating something new … Continue reading The Creativity Question

Writing Prompt: Childhood

Once upon a time someone said something about how anyone who has had a childhood has something to write about. I can't remember where I read this comment. I wish I could give credit where credit is due as well as present you with the actual, well-stated quotation. Alas. I cannot. (If this stirs anyone's … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Childhood

Writing Prompt: Obstacles

Use the image as a starting point. What is striking to you? Is it something about the light? The shape of the columns? The mountaineer suspended mid-ascent? Write about a time you faced an obstacle. Throw a new challenge in your character's path. How will he or she respond? What did you discover today? Share … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Obstacles

4 Tips to Get the Words Flowing

Every writer knows what its like to get stuck. We've all drummed our pens against the empty page or counted the blinks of the cursor against a blank screen. So when it's time to write but you're having trouble tapping into the creative mindset, what's a writer to do? Many times it's important to muscle … Continue reading 4 Tips to Get the Words Flowing

Writing Prompt: Beginnings

Writing exercises can be just what we need to break through an idea drought, unlock a new perspective, and challenge you to continue developing your writing skills. They can also be a good way to give some structure to a writing habit on a day when you're just not feeling the motivation. Each Wednesday the … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Beginnings