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Fun for Friday: Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

| April 3, 2020

My attention span tends to be fairly short right now, so the idea of writing flash fiction rather than longer works is definitely appealing to me. Here’s a list of 131 flash fiction prompts if you’re also looking for shorter things to write! The website offers it as a 100 day challenge or a 30 […]

Fun for Friday: April 2020 Writing Prompts

| March 27, 2020

March has seemed a lot longer than it ought to have, but this is shaping up to be the new normal in our neck of the woods. This month, we’ve got a random assortment of words, plus a bonus handful of words in the image for this post. Feel free to toss them in wherever […]

Fun for Friday: Genre Writing Prompts

| March 20, 2020

If you’re looking for specific genre writing prompts, check out this list! They’ve got several ideas for each of a bunch of different genres. And they’ve even got historical fiction, which is an uncommon genre to find in prompts! This could also be fun if you randomly picked two prompts from different genre categories and […]

Fun for Friday: Three Tenuously Linked Photos

| March 13, 2020

They may not seem it, but these photos are tenuously linked to one another. Even if you don’t know the connection, though, they could lead to an interesting story. The first photo is of a street parade with dragon and lion puppets/costumes. The second is of a beat-up red USB stick on a red glossy […]

Fun for Friday: Cool Historical Eclipse Information!

| March 6, 2020

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to know when during history there were eclipses in a specific location, I’ve got you covered! The HMNAO Eclipse Portal will let you choose a location and see a list of all the eclipses in that location from 1500-2100 AD (or CE). The Solar Eclipse Catalog approaches the topic […]

Fun for Friday: March 2020 Writing Prompts

| February 28, 2020

We’re already to the end of a long February, so it’s time for the March writing prompts! I’ve got themed and non-themed prompts mixed in this year! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with this post as a part of your prompt. This month, it’s flowers that look like they’re made of glass, […]

Fun for Friday: What Ifs

| February 21, 2020

For this week’s fun, check out this list of “What If” Journal Prompts. But now, apply them to fiction. More specifically, spin out some ideas of what a character might do if one of these What Ifs happened to them, and build a story from there!  

Fun for Friday: Things and Stuff in Pictures

| February 14, 2020

This week, it’s another bunch of somewhat random images to inspire your writing. First, we have a car driving through an area with some leafless trees, with high water on either side of a narrow road, and possibly overtaking the road. The second image is three long, narrow spools of thread, in pale green, white, […]

Fun for Friday: Generating a Constructed Language

| February 7, 2020

If you’ve ever considered coming up with a fantasy language like Tolkien’s elvish, or an alien language like Klingon from Star Trek, you definitely want to check out Vulgar. It’s a language generator that can create a 200 word language for free, or larger word counts if you’re willing to pay for it. These languages can […]

Fun for Friday: February 2020 Writing Prompts!

| January 31, 2020

January has flown by, and we’re reaching February! It’s a 29-day February this year, and I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of that extra day! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some […]