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Fun for Friday: Superhero Writing Prompts

| April 16, 2021

I’ve got superheroes on my mind lately, as I’ve been working on some Cobalt City stories and proofreading a friend’s Cobalt City-adjacent novella. So for today’s Fun for Friday, check out theseĀ superhero writing prompts. They’re in the form of first sentences/paragraphs, so you may want to make some changes to make your story a little […]

Fun for Friday: Photos of the Distance

| April 9, 2021

This week’s three images are all taken from an interesting perspective that’s more about what’s in the distance. With each of these questions, you can ask what’s in the distance, what the perspective is moving toward, or whether that perspective is just looking back at what it’s left. The first image is a pair of […]

Fun for Friday: Fiction Friday Prompts

| April 2, 2021

There are loads of websites that post writing prompts, but I definitely prefer the ones that are geared toward fiction. Fiction Friday is from a few years ago, but there are 39 posts tagged for that topic on the Author Bank website. You could sift through the list to see what grabs your attention, roll […]

Fun for Friday: April 2021 Writing Prompts!

| March 26, 2021

It’s nearly April, and at least in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s springtime (for whatever that means for a given latitude)! The words for this month are a mix of springtime words and other, random words, but hopefully the multiple meanings of some of these words will provide an interesting combination! I’ve also added a photograph […]

Fun for Friday: Friday Five Prompts

| March 19, 2021

I was recently looking for some new writing prompts, and I stumbled across Long and Short Reviews’ Friday Five Prompts. This lists out five word prompts for every Friday in 2021. And while we’re already part of the way through the year, there are still plenty more weeks to enjoy! I love playing with word […]

Fun For Friday: Poisonous Prompts?

| March 12, 2021

It’s time for more image prompts, and this week, I started with a theme of “poison room”. But I’d say that the results diverged a bit from that. The first image is a small, capped, brown medicine bottle marked with a skull and crossbones, on a pale orange patterned surface and in front of a […]

Fun for Friday: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

| March 5, 2021

Sometimes, it’s not about finding a source for specific ideas, but much more about finding things that will give you a wealth of different ideas. Two blog posts I’ve found that address this topic well include Brandon Andersen’s 7 Sources for Story Ideas and M.B. Keen’s 9 Ultimate Sources for Writing Ideas. Though there is […]

Fun for Friday: March 2021 Prompts

| February 26, 2021

It’s nearly the beginning of March, so it’s time for another month’s prompts. The words this month are all pretty random, though I suspect you could get some March or spring-inspired pieces out of what I’ve included here. There’s also a photograph of a marching band that you could work in with the other prompts […]

Fun for Friday: AtlasObscura for Writing Prompts

| February 19, 2021

If you like weird places and things of the world, AtlasObscura is a great site that collects information about all sorts of unusual things. You can navigate it by picking a country or city, or do searches for other specifics. Their Twitter feed is also a great way to get random ideas for writing prompts, […]

Fun for Friday: Images of the Coming Spring

| February 12, 2021

Today, we’ve got some images around a theme of spring, though in a variety of different ways to make them inspire writing that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the change of seasons. The first image is of a castle in Prague, though the castle is in the background and intentionally blurred, to focus on […]