Category Archives: Writing Prompts

Winning Contest Entry!

Yay! Astraea Press, my publisher for my forthcoming YA novel, No One’s Watching (February 2014), sponsored a 100-word writing contest among its authors. Since we write fiction, the premise was writing an over-the-top reason (well, a big fat lie) about … Continue reading

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Make a Splash with Writing Prompts

Don’t let the end of summer have you thinking more about shoveling snow than playing in surf. Keep the thoughts of warm weather active with these wet writing prompts for children or those who write for them: 1. Write a … Continue reading

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Twofer Tuesday – A Quarrelsome Way to Write

  “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.” —W.B. Yeats and “And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I … Continue reading

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Something’s Afoot in This Writing Prompt

I was meeting friends for lunch when one friend, Wendy, a nurse, rushed to the table explaining she was late because of a peculiar incident in the parking lot. A man in his thirties was reclining in the driver’s side … Continue reading

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A First Sentence and A Splintering Conclusion

I had a splinter in my thumb I suspected was a piece of glass. When did I get that? Where did it come from? How long had it been there? For some reason, I imagined a character in a story … Continue reading

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Photo Prompt

A picture, fragment of conversation, or emotion can suggest the theme or setting for a story or poem. Here’s a photo which might prompt you into scribbling a few odd sentences to work on later: Study the mood of the … Continue reading

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