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Fun for Friday: Color Etymology

| January 11, 2019

Why doesn’t anything rhyme with purple? Or orange? It might have to do with the origins of those words. This article on Gizmodo talks about the etymology of colors, or how they got their English names. But did you know that not all languages have words for every color? And there’s also the belief that […]

Fun for Friday: Flash Fiction Prompts

| January 4, 2019

I’ve been writing a lot of flash fiction in the past year, so I’m always excited to find flash fiction prompts. Here’s a list of 50 flash fiction prompts in a variety of genres. For an extra challenge, see if you can take one of these prompts and change the genre!

Fun for Friday: January 2019 Writing Prompts

| December 28, 2018

2018 is drawing to a close, and it’s time for the first writing prompts of 2019! For January’s words this year, it’s words about winter and the coming of a new year. But I’ve focused on words with more than one potential meaning, so you can interpret them in different ways. Check back on the […]

Fun for Friday: A Creative Writing Prompt

| December 21, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut and need a creative writing prompt that will get your brain thinking in new ways, check out this fun creative writing prompt from The Write Practice! Your end results may be more poetic than prose, but even that can lead you in the direction of a story or something […]

Fun for Friday: Short Story Ideas

| December 14, 2018

If you’re looking for some creative short story prompts, I’ve found a list of 72 at Bookfox! There are some for nearly any genre you can think of, and some that could be used in a multitude of different genres with just a few tweaks. The ideas are each a sentence or more, giving all […]

Fun for Friday: Red Pandas Eating!

| December 7, 2018

Hey, we can’t always have writing-related content, right? Today’s Fun for Friday is this 2 1/2 minute long video of red pandas at our local zoo having some food. This is a momma and her two daughters, who were born at the zoo this summer. The red pandas are some of my favorite critters to […]

Fun for Friday: December Writing Prompts

| November 30, 2018

December begins tomorrow, which seems far too near. But it also means that this year is almost over, which is something of a relief. The prompts this month are taken from December holidays and words associated with winter. As always, feel free to interpret the words in the way you like. I’ve tossed in some […]

Fun for Friday: Letterlocking

| November 23, 2018

Instead of the usual prompts or etymology this week, I’m sharing a neat article that I found on Atlas Obscura about letterlocking. In a time before there were envelopes, this was the technique used to keep letters secure from prying eyes, or at least to alert the recipient if the letter they were receiving had […]

Fun for Friday: Hundreds of Writing Prompts

| November 16, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut or need a prompt to get you started on a new story, have you checked out Penguin Random House’s Writer’s Academy prompt list? The list includes prompts for fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and sci-fi, and you could always pick elements from multiple lists if you want to do something […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Writing Prompts

| November 9, 2018

If you’re looking for some seasonal writing prompts for autumn, check out this list from Bustle. Not all of them are speculative fiction oriented, but you could take some of those non spec fic prompts and twist them a little to point them in the direction you want to go. They also invite you to […]