Use the picture below as a writing prompt for a POEM. Make the poem as long or as short as you’d like but be sure to describe the setting. Is it dark and mysterious? Is it lush green and turquoise as far as the eye can see? Are there predators? Use your imagination. Happy Writing!
There are several surprising similarities between your book and the dark, clandestine Nosferatu. Let’s start with the fundamentals. Vampires are bloodsucking, demon soul usurpers. They suck you dry and bleed the life out of you. Just like your manuscript! If you’re anything like me, you will have experienced that moment in which the book you […]
The writing prompt for today will explore both FICTION and NON-FICTION. It’s fun to mix real life with fiction isn’t it? Sometimes I like to sit in Starbucks or the mall and watch people, I like to make up stories about them and what their lives are like. Try this the next time you’re out and about.
Everybody loves a mysterious strangers and there is inspiration everywhere! A cute barista, an old man complaining at the bank, the eccentric woman who sits on the park bench every Wednesday afternoon in her cat pajamas (if you see this woman it’s probably me) . Think of an interesting stranger you’ve seen around and develop a story.
Be sure to use dialogue,gestures, mannerisms and ways of speaking. Don’t spend much time on physical descriptions. Focus on showing the inner conflict of your muse through their actions and words. Have fun and as always, Happy Writing!
Use the photo below as a writing prompt but there’s a catch…I want you to write from the house’s point of view! Describe the things that the house has seen over the years. This exercise will be a bit tougher but it will open you up to a different point of view and will get the creative juices flowing. Have fun and happy writing!
Great dialogue usually comes from two things: inside knowledge of your characters and tons of revisions and rewriting.
Each character has to be unique and must have their own voice. Be sure that all of your characters sound different from eachother and ensure that there is a consistency in their voice. For example, Dumb characters don’t suddenly become intelligent unless something happens, like they go to university or acquire magical powers etc. If all of the sudden your dumb character starts quoting Shakespeare for no reason, your reader will be confused. With speaker tags like “he exclaimed,” “she pronounced,” and “he spoke angrily” are totally unnecessary and possibly even distracting.
Death: Think about all of the novels you’ve read. In how many did a character die? Most of the greatest stories often involve death. , The Hunger Games, Harry Potter Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, and so many more all had main characters who died. Death is universal because one day everyone will die…I guess you could always write about taxes instead.
Scott Woods is a librarian, author, poet, and critic who runs one of the most successful poetry open mics in the American Midwest. At Scott Woods Makes Lists, he compiles lists, writes mostly as a satirist, and comments on current events, popular culture, and other issues.
Pick a line from below to start your short story. A lot of great ideas here!
He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her…
He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts, too alive perhaps…
He had waited twenty years to return it…
Under normal circumstances he would speak his mind, but, not now, with a gun against his head…
He had enjoyed ten years of being totally irresponsible…
She had found something that would mean she’d never be poor again – but there was a catch…
Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out…
Write a story based on the picture below. This is a really great picture so be sure to use your imagination, let it run wild!
Write a story based on the image below:
- How did these people get here? Plane crash? Climbing expedition?
- Are they waiting to be rescued? How long have they been waiting?
- Is there hope in sight/do they get rescued? Are these people going to have to result to cannibalism?
- How will they preserve themselves/survive? What supplies do they have? Do they have any supplies?
Enjoy this, it should be a really fun exercise that pushes your imagination to the limit!