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Fun for Friday: A Writing Prompt

| September 22, 2017

Sometimes, the thing you need to get started on a story is just the first line. This writing prompt from The Wesleyan Writing Blog is just the place to look for that sort of inspiration. They suggest using a line from the nearest book, but you may not want to use it word for word if you’re […]

Fun for Friday: Turning Drawing Prompts into Writing Prompts

| September 15, 2017

Often times when I’m looking for a random inspiration for something to write, I turn to lists that are designed for artists who want random prompts for daily drawings. It’s not that difficult to turn a drawing prompt into a writing prompt. Instead of drawing whatever is on the list, you can write a story […]

Fun for Friday: Random EVERYTHING Generators

| September 8, 2017

You know I love random things, and today, I’m sharing with you the motherlode! Fantasy Name Generators may sound like a site with just a single purpose, but it’s SO much more than just a place for random fantasy names. It’s a HUGE collection of random generators, from the general to certain-realms-of-pop-culture specific. And in addition […]

Fun for Friday: Pseudonym Generator

| September 1, 2017

If you suddenly found yourself writing in a genre very far from what you normally write, would you publish it under your normal publishing name, or would you go for a pseudonym? This is a question I’ve asked myself, and I’ve decided that if I ever get that book that accidentally turned into a romance […]

Fun for Friday: Give Your Undead a Story

| August 25, 2017

Most people think of the undead as simple mindless creatures. But they don’t have to be! Though Campaign Mastery is a website designed for gaming-related plot stuff, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use this cool set of random tables to come up with some explanation for your undead. It gives your undead motives, mannerisms, backstories, interesting […]

Fun for Friday: Building a Story Idea

| August 18, 2017

Building off of the writing exercise I mentioned in my post on generating story ideas on Monday, here’s a fun story idea for you to take and run with. Here’s an interesting looking face, to the left–a young African boy, who looks somewhere between angry and sad to me. (You may think he’s got a different […]

Fun for Friday: Amazing Ideas!

| August 11, 2017

From “If My Brain Were an Imaginary Friend” at The Oatmeal. Off at Spocon, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, with more on story ideas!

Fun for Friday: Interesting Plot Building Exercises

| August 4, 2017

As a bit of fun for this Friday, I found an interesting post that talks about adding layers to your plot. I am particularly intrigued by the Donald Maass workshop exercise, because I LOVE random things. So the idea of randomly drawing lines between characters, narrative elements, and places to see what might shake loose is […]

Fun for Friday: Kansas City Facts and a Story Idea

| July 28, 2017

I’ve been in Kansas City this week for work, so I decided to share this list of 30 fun facts about Kansas City! My favorite item on this list, which is something I never knew before, is that Kansas City ignored Prohibition. Digging a little deeper, it seems that the State of Missouri as a […]

Fun for Friday: Twitter Bots

| July 21, 2017

Are you on Twitter? If you are, and you like weird stuff (which I suspect you might, since you found your way here), you may enjoy following some of the many “bots” on Twitter. For writers in particular, I’ve found that there are some really wonderful and weird bots that can be used for prompts, […]