Practical Prompt 4-17-14

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.

Prompt: Pump up your sensory descriptions. Take a scene in which you introduce a new setting, and then re-imagine it from a visually impaired person’s perspective. In other words, describe your setting with sounds, smells, textures, and tastes—but without visual descriptions.

Insomniacs Anonymous 4-15-14

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.

Question: The theme of this year’s National Library Week is Lives Change @ Your Library. How has a library or librarian changed your life?

Clichés and Common Fallacies

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

As a writer, I don’t want to put phrases or factual errors in my story that could throw a reader off. As a reader, two big things that do that to me are clichés and frequently used scenarios that have become common-place in storytelling, but are just plain wrong. In the interest of avoiding those pitfalls, I’m compiling a list of clichés and common fallacies. Obviously, the ones I’m listing here bother me because of my specific background, but there are certainly scads I’m not conscious of. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 4-10-14

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.

Prompt: Write a scene in which a secondary character recounts a time your protagonist’s worst flaw negatively affected the secondary character.

Singin’ in the Rain

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I spent eight hours driving home from the revision retreat Sunday, five of them in the rain, but the weekend was worth every mile on the road.

Camp Loucon

Camp Loucon

For starters, it was sunny at Camp Loucon, despite weather predictions to the contrary. Check out that blue sky. But, honestly, I wouldn’t have cared if rain had pounded the roof the entire weekend, because I was surrounded by such talented and encouraging people.

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