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Fun for Friday: Fantasy Plot Generator

| April 19, 2019

Some days, you just need something out of the ordinary to get your story moving. If you’re having one of those days, check out the Warpcore SF: Fantasy Plot Generator. Some of the things it comes up with are more ridiculous than useful, but sometimes those ridiculous elements can coalesce into something interesting! The scope […]

Fun for Friday: Three Images

| April 12, 2019

As I mentioned in a previous post, having more than one image as a prompt can make it easier to come up with a story. So to test this theory, I’m posting three images to inspire a story, poem, or other creative piece. Have fun with it!

Fun for Friday: Etymology of the Day

| April 5, 2019

If you’re a fan of etymology, check out Mashed Radish’s etymology of the day! Though it doesn’t seem to have any recent updates, there are a ton of word origins explained, complete with fun pictures!  

Fun for Friday: April 2019 Writing Prompts

| March 29, 2019

After a ridiculously slow January, it feels like this year is just zipping past. Hopefully things will slow down a bit in April so we can enjoy the nice spring weather in the Northern Hemisphere. And hopefully those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are having a pleasant autumn! This month’s prompts are spring focused, […]

Fun for Friday: 52 Weeks of Photo Writing Prompts

| March 22, 2019

Did you know that when it comes to images as writing prompts, your brain has an easier time coming up with an idea when there’s more than one image involved? That’s what author and editor John Matthew Fox explains in his post containing 52 weeks of writing prompts. By having three disparate images for each […]

Fun for Friday: Having Fun Writing Novels

| March 15, 2019

If the picture on the left of the tortured writer reminds you entirely too much of yourself, check out this article on 3 ways to make writing your novel easier. While not all of the advice will apply to every author, there’s at least some commiseration that some novels are harder to write than other […]

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 […]