Practical Prompt 10-23-14

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WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Having trouble nailing down a character’s look or personality? Try taking a different perspective. What kind of dog would that character be? What kind of dinosaur? What kind of flower?

Insomniacs Anonymous 10-21-14

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Have you ever read a book that made you have to sleep with the lights on?

Stranded in a setting

Laura thumbnail 150X150I identify myself as a Louisianian, even though I haven’t lived in Louisiana for the past 15 years. I was born there. I grew up there. I went to college, married and started my career there. Most of my family and many of my friends still live there. In essence, it’s still the place I consider home. So, naturally, I took my novel’s teenage protagonist, uprooted her from the only place she’s ever known, and stranded her there. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 10-16-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Tighten your writing. Rewriting a sentence using one less word. Then write it again, taking another word out. How many words can you remove and still maintain the meaning and cadence of your writing? It’s probably a lot more than you realize.

Insomniacs Anonymous 10-14-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Who is your favorite mystery writer?