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Fun for Friday: Reedsy’s Plot Generator

| December 6, 2019

I recently shared a list of short story ideas from Reedsy, and the folks there contacted me to tell me about another resource for writers! They now have a plot generator, that “provides super-detailed plot suggestions complete with genre, conflict, characters, and inciting incident—and even has a bonus section for twists. Users can conveniently ‘lock’ […]

Fun for Friday: December 2019 Writing Prompts

| November 29, 2019

It’s time for the December 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for December weather and events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with this post as a part of your prompt. Leafless trees along a […]

Fun for Friday: Three Random Photos

| November 22, 2019

Today’s image selection is super random. We’ve got a knotted piece of blue cord, a badger on a walk, and a pocket watch with leaf wings surrounded by stars. Go forth and write things!

Fun for Friday: NaNoWriMo (or other writer’s block) Help!

| November 15, 2019

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you may very well be surfing past my website because you’re stuck. Your characters and plot have gone off the rails (if they even had rails to begin with), and you’ll do anything other than try to work on you novel right now. You need these prompts, which the […]

Fun For Friday: Three Autumn Images

| November 8, 2019

It’s time for another photo writing prompt, and as we ease into November, I thought some lovely autumn photos might do the trick. Of course, if you look at them in a certain way, this could also be creepy, especially the house in the last photo. The first photo is leaf-strewn stone stairs, with a […]

Fun for Friday: Multi-Genre Writing Prompts

| November 1, 2019

If you’re out of ideas for your stories, check out this list of 200+ short story ideas! The ideas are from several different genres, and they add new ones each week, so you should be able to find something that works for you. One of their suggestions is to change the genre on some of […]

Fun for Friday: November 2019 Writing Prompts

| October 25, 2019

It’s time for the November 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for November events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this November, you could try to work one or more of the words into your writing each day of […]

Fun for Friday: Etymology and Spelling

| October 18, 2019

Ever wondered why English has such unusual spellings when it comes to some words? Some of it can be blamed on etymology, and others can be blamed on false etymology. This article talks about the origins of the English language dictionary and how etymology and false etymology impacted spelling. It’s a fascinating read, and lots […]

Fun for Friday: Three Spooky Images

| October 11, 2019

It’s the spooky time of the year, so today’s three images are all spooky ones–a night time scene of a woman dressed in nineteenth century clothing, holding a parasol, with her back to the camera; a hallway with unusual shadows cast by the iron bars in the distance11; and a steam-shrouded train engine, viewed head […]

Fun for Friday: Scary Story Prompts

| October 4, 2019

With it being October, it’s time for some spooky story prompts. As a warning, if you scare easily, you might want to skip these links. Here, you can find 101 terrifying horror story prompts in a general list, and here, you can find 101 MORE terrifying horror story prompts in various categories, some of which […]