Practical Prompt 9-18-14

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.

Make a playlist for each of your major characters. How would that soundtrack affect a given scene?

Insomniacs Anonymous 9-16-14

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.

When do you know to call it quits on research and get back to writing?

Awakening my muse

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Some of my fellow WriteOwls will be traveling this weekend to the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference for our region. I, instead, will be leading 16 9-year-old Girl Scouts into the woods for a weekend of canoeing, singing and girl power. I can’t wait.

Sure, I’m bummed about missing the conference. But perhaps reconvening with nature will awaken my muse from the stubborn slumber she’s slipped into this past month. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 9-11-14

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.

Switch the POV in your scene from first person to third (or vice versa) and see how it changes the flow.

Insomniacs Anonymous 9-9-14

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: Name the last book you couldn’t put down.