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Fun for Friday: Inspirations from Music

| March 8, 2019

If you’re looking for writing inspiration, sometimes, you can turn to music and find what you need! This New York Times article suggests nine exercises that can be used for students to get inspired to write, but you don’t have to be a student to use these ideas!  

Fun for Friday: March 2019 Writing Prompts

| March 1, 2019

It’s time once again for the monthly writing prompts. I’ve done things a little differently for this month, as I’ve relied on a random word generator for the word choices. This means they won’t necessarily be spring themed, but if you want an extra challenge, use each of these words in a spring-themed piece. Check […]

Fun for Friday: Folk Etymologies

| February 22, 2019

Sometimes, where we think a word came from is not necessarily the true story. According to Merriam-Webster, folk etymology is “the transformation of words so as to give them an apparent relationship to better-known or better-understood words.” This article talks about a number of cases of folk etymology, including the source of the words and […]

Fun for Friday: Images as Inspiration

| February 15, 2019

I’m a very visual person, so it’s not entirely surprising that I get a lot of mileage out of images of unusual things. It might be something as simple as these glass-like flowers. The description I found for them says “A flower whose petals turn clear as glass when wet… Diphylleia Grayi otherwise known as […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Inspiration

| February 8, 2019

Some days, the words just aren’t there, the well has run dry, or one of several other metaphors about not knowing what to write. When you’ve reached that point, this list of 31 ways to find inspiration for your writing might be helpful! While not all of these techniques work for everyone, odds are that […]

Fun for Friday: February 2019 Writing Prompts

| February 1, 2019

As January winds to a close, it’s time to start looking at writing prompts for February! For this year, I’ve still got some love-themed prompts, but I’m also taking some in very different directions. As always, use your own interpretation of the prompts! Check back on the last Friday of each month (or occasionally the […]

Fun For Friday: Lots of Etymology!

| January 25, 2019

If you’re as fascinated by word origins as I am, you might like this list: Etymologically Speaking. It’s one of the more extensive lists I’ve found for word origins, plus it also does some cool things with looking at the same word in several languages, showing how those words wound up similar or very different! […]

Fun for Friday: 301 Writing Prompts!

| January 18, 2019

The awesome folks at ServiceScape Incorporated recently contacted me to let me know about another list of writing prompts. They offer 301 writing prompts on their website! They’re sorted by broad genres, so that some of them might be taken in different directions, and they also offer a list of “story starters” that would make […]

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!