PROMPTS WITH A TWIST
Many behavioural experts assert that creativity is a practice. The more you practice behaviours that stimulate your creative brain, the better it works. Thus, the popularity or writing prompts. Writer’s Digest has a weekly writer’s prompt feature and invites readers to post their responses as comments. Most of these prompts have 250 to 400 comments! A prompt-specific website sends a daily writing prompt by email to its 10,500 members.
So, in the spirit of encouraging you to stimulate your creative brain, I present, weekly writing prompts with a Write, Woman, Write twist. The twist? Because I’m a certified A-type, goal-oriented human, these prompts not only invite you to stretch your imagination, doing them will give you words you can use. No “Write the conversation you’d have with your alien hitch-hiker” prompts here.
Your heroine has just won $100,000. The catch is that she has to spend it all in 24 hours. Describe the day she spends that money. a bullet a bullet maybe another Call to action and maybe a sample Post your ideas in the comments below and in the Facebook group to get...read more
1. Visit Dictionary.com and take a look at the most recent ‘Word of the Day’ entries. 2. Pick one word that one of your characters might use — or would never use! — and add it to a line of their dialogue. 3. How does the other character react to the use of this unusual word? See where the conversation goes now!read more
1) Think of two entirely different, and if possible, conflicting genres. 2) Think of a title that would suit your mash-up genre. 3) Write a one or two sentence log-line for the story.read more
1) Write one personal fact about yourself that is related to what you write. 2) Add an accomplishment about your writing. 3) Let us know where to find you online.read more
Regardless of how far along you are with your book, this is a valuable exercise. It’s copy you can use to pitch to beta readers and in cover letters to agents. And the earlier you start working on your back cover blurb, the more drafts you’ll be able write before you need that final version!read more
Describe your protagonist or story’s narrator in the form of a dating profile of no more than 150 words.read more
1. Sit quietly for 10 minutes and imagine the reaction of one reader who picked up your book and didn’t put it down until she was finished, because she was that engaged. 2. Grab your notebook and have that reader write you a personal letter about how your book moved them.read more
1. Find four or five titles that match the genre and tone of book you’re writing. 2. Read the front matter where top review snippets are showcased. 3. Write down the reviews that you would love to one day have written about your book. 4. Replace the author’s name with yours, the book title with your own, and specific story qualities as necessary.read more
Asking ‘what if…?’ is a great way to lubricate your creative brain cells. 1) Think of a what if that would mess up your story. 2) Share the outcome with us.read more
1) Have your character write a cover letter for a new job. 2) Ask her to include why she is exceptional in her field. 3) Have her provide a concrete example of her talent.read more