Writing Prompt: Ten Years of Advice

If you could go back ten years and give yourself some advice, what would you say? Don’t give up on your dream. Right now, you’re about two years into writing your first novel. You stay up late on weekends just to fill your pages with scenes that won’t make it into the final draft. Well,Continue reading “Writing Prompt: Ten Years of Advice”

Writing Prompt: History Rewritten

Include the following in your story: funeral, condemn, distribution, button, sink, tax, art, jealousy, brain, lover. If I could change the past you wouldn’t have been taken by weakness or by illness of age. Your funeral wouldn’t have occurred. Life would still hug your breath and you’d be enjoying the art of creation with us.Continue reading “Writing Prompt: History Rewritten”

Writing Prompt: Getting Away with Murder

Use the following words: Snow Queen, windmill, tunnel, childhood, endanger, cypress, wine, horseback, temperature, imperial. There isn’t enough wine in the world for this. I’m standing under the cypress tree, bearing witness as my childhood nemesis is carried away in a body bag. Little miss perfect never knew how to shut up. She always braggedContinue reading “Writing Prompt: Getting Away with Murder”

Writing Prompt: New Invention

What’s something you would like to see invented that would make your life easier? To all you writers, tinkers, and theorists out there: have you ever had a moment where you had the perfect phrasing for a story, essay, or any other project of yours and yet you couldn’t get that phrasing down because youContinue reading “Writing Prompt: New Invention”

Writing Prompt: Caught in the Rain

Include the following in your story: Las Vegas, radiology, etch, funeral, textile, sweep, muslin, wholesale, wildlife, English. A terrible day made worse by the rain. Piper let out a heavy sigh. Rain rolled down her neck as she stood at the bus stop. Her clothes were soaked and she shivered from the cold. She wasn’tContinue reading “Writing Prompt: Caught in the Rain”

Writing Prompt: The Middle

Writing about the middle of something, anything! Have you read the middle of my book? Probably not, but–not to toot my own horn–it’s pretty good! A journey begins after a crimson dawn. One young man itching for a shot to prove himself, to make up for his by-standing. He faces his first real challenged and…well…isn’tContinue reading “Writing Prompt: The Middle”

Writing Prompt: An Alien Disguised Among Humans

Include the following in your story: Aurora Borealis, paint brush, corn field, cluster, lineup, overlook, suspect, bridge, dome, dash. “Dongion to Mothership. Repeat. Dongion to Mothership.” “This is Mothership. You are due for a report Dongion.” A thin smile curled upon Dongion’s lips when the voice of his superior came across the communicator in hisContinue reading “Writing Prompt: An Alien Disguised Among Humans”

Writing Prompt: A Fishing Trip

Include the following in your story: jig, unsightly, wait, beam, shoulder, grey, reminder, mouth, Canada, river. Nothing beats the clean, serine, tranquility of the wilderness. You find some time to get away, do some research, and suddenly you’re floating down a river in Canada with a fishing pole in hand. There’s nothing unsightly about thisContinue reading “Writing Prompt: A Fishing Trip”

Writing Prompt: Unsolved Mystery

Include the following in your story: murder, green, agreement, traditional, carpenter, snake, sugar, kidney, congress, jam. It was supposed to be a traditional murder case. Open and shut. Textbook worthy. Yet, the carpenter’s home was a total mess when I walked in. Flies buzzed everywhere, constantly zipping past your head, and even running right intoContinue reading “Writing Prompt: Unsolved Mystery”