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Fun for Friday: Spooky Etymologies

| October 20, 2017

English words come from all sorts of interesting places, but here’s a list of words with “spooky” etymologies. While some of these words may have spookier origins than others, it’s interesting to see the way words have shifted from their original roots to their modern meanings. I was particularly interested in the origins of “cobalt,” […]

Fun for Friday: Spooky Writing Prompts

| October 13, 2017

As Halloween approaches, my mind is on spooky stories, so today, I tracked down a list of 50 Spooky Writing Prompts for this Fun for Friday! This list looks like it’s chock full of story ideas on the scarier side of things, but you could probably turn some of them around and make them less frightening […]

Fun for Friday: Indulge the Purple Prose!

| October 6, 2017

October seems like the perfect time to write a spooky story, and perhaps to indulge in a bit of purple prose. “It was a dark and stormy night” is from an 1830 novel, but it’s also mocked as being part of an overly melodramatic opening sentence. But sometimes, that can be fun! So take that […]

Fun for Friday: Why is English so weird?

| September 29, 2017

As someone who ALMOST double-majored in English, with a focus on linguistics, the English language is a fascinating subject for me. But as most people who know even a little bit of English can tell you, it’s also a WEIRD language. This article does a good job of summarizing some of the reasons why English […]

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: 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!