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Fun for Friday: A Weird Historical Tidbit

| January 17, 2020

For today’s Fun for Friday, I’m posting something a little different. Despite having studied the Civil War fairly extensively, I never knew that the Confederacy considered attacking the Union using helicopters. Had their plan succeeded, the Civil War could have turned out quite differently, as neither side had a strong air presence. Had one side […]

Fun for Friday: Three Winter Images

| January 10, 2020

Time for another three images for inspiration! This week, they’re winter related or adjacent. The first photo shows a squirrel with something in its mouth. The squirrel is lightly dusted with snow, standing on slightly disturbed snow. The second photo shows a rock with a number of long cracks/splits in its surface, from a thaw/freeze […]

Fun for Friday: Magnetic Poetry Online

| January 3, 2020

If you recall magnetic poetry as being a fun thing to do, but you’ve got a non-magnetic fridge or your magnets have all gone missing, you can still make magnetic poetry online! There are a few different sets on this website, so you’ll have some options for what sort of poems you’d like to write!

Fun for Friday: January 2020 Writing Prompts!

| December 27, 2019

2019 is coming to a close, so it’s time for the January 2020 writing prompts! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some non-seasonal prompts! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts with a Twist

| December 20, 2019

Sometimes, you’ve got an idea for a story but you just need the right twist to make it different from stories that have come before. Whether you’re looking for a twist or a whole idea, here’s a list of 30 short story ideas with twists! The ideas are meant for middle school students, but that […]

Fun for Friday: Three Really Random Images

| December 13, 2019

Today’s batch of three random images is extra random, seeing as I didn’t use any search terms to find them. But we’ve got a lovely coffee shop environment with no patrons, a mismatched gray brick/stonework pattern, and a knife stabbing what I think is a nectarine or an apricot … one of those stone fruits […]

Fun for Friday: Reedsy’s Plot Generator

| December 6, 2019

I recently shared a list of short story ideas from Reedsy, and the folks there contacted me to tell me about another resource for writers! They now have a plot generator, that “provides super-detailed plot suggestions complete with genre, conflict, characters, and inciting incident—and even has a bonus section for twists. Users can conveniently ‘lock’ […]

Fun for Friday: December 2019 Writing Prompts

| November 29, 2019

It’s time for the December 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for December weather and events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with this post as a part of your prompt. Leafless trees along a […]

Fun for Friday: Three Random Photos

| November 22, 2019

Today’s image selection is super random. We’ve got a knotted piece of blue cord, a badger on a walk, and a pocket watch with leaf wings surrounded by stars. Go forth and write things!

Fun for Friday: NaNoWriMo (or other writer’s block) Help!

| November 15, 2019

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you may very well be surfing past my website because you’re stuck. Your characters and plot have gone off the rails (if they even had rails to begin with), and you’ll do anything other than try to work on you novel right now. You need these prompts, which the […]