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Fun for Friday: Speculative Fiction Writing Prompts

| October 12, 2018

If you’re looking for a list of speculative fiction prompts that can last you a good long while, check out this list from author Eric J. Krause! There appear to be maybe 100 different prompts here, and they’re all over the place in terms of theme and content! This is going to become my go […]

Fun for Friday: Grammatically Correct Sentences That Sound Wrong

| October 5, 2018

English is weird, difficult for non-native speakers to master, and confusing even to native speakers. Case in point, check out the diagrammed sentence to the right. I can’t exactly explain what it means, but it’s apparently grammatically correct. So are these other sentences. While they may be grammatically correct, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want […]

Fun for Friday: Drawlloween as Writing Prompts

| September 28, 2018

Normally, today’s the day when I would post my list of prompts for the month of October. But October is Drawlloween, which is a great month of prompts for artists to draw a spooky thing every day of the month. And I like to use Drawlloween prompts as writing prompts, because I love spooky things! […]

Fun for Friday: A New Sci-Fi Photo Prompt

| September 21, 2018

I found this photo when looking for a photo prompt for today, and it’s astonishing. I think it may be mocked up, because I thought drones were much bigger than this. Still, it makes for a good sci-fi writing prompt. What kinds of mischief could tiny little drones like this, if they became self-aware, get […]

Fun for Friday: Panlexicon

| September 14, 2018

Sometimes, you need just the right word to make your story sing. Some might turn to a thesaurus, but thesauruses don’t always help you find the best word for what you want to convey, and sometimes they can actually lead you down the wrong path. A useful tool that I had pointed out to me […]

Fun for Friday: Sepia-Tone Photo Prompt

| September 7, 2018

For today’s Fun for Friday, I thought I’d go with an old photo–this one is from 1895, and features a seated man and a standing woman, both dressed in the fashions of that time. The woman appears to have a book in her hand … wonder what it’s about? While this couple most clearly fits […]

Fun for Friday: September Writing Prompts!

| August 31, 2018

It’s already September, and I hope that my readers in the Northern Hemisphere are seeing cooler temperatures after the scorcher of a summer than many of us had. I’m sure the parents among you are looking forward to the kids going back to school. This month has some prompts inspired by the back-to-school time, some […]

Fun for Friday: Sci-Fi Writing Prompts!

| August 24, 2018

I typically have an easy time coming up with fantasy story ideas, but I’m rubbish when it comes to sci-fi story ideas. Luckily, Mandy Wallace has 58 sci-fi writing prompts on her blog. There’s a wide range of ideas here, so you’re sure to find something that sounds good. In the meantime, I’ll definitely be […]

Fun for Friday: Writing without a Letter

| August 17, 2018

Not too long ago, I mentioned pangrams, which are sentences that use every letter in the English language. But what about NOT using a specific letter in a story, or even a novel? It’s called a lipogram, it’s most commonly done with the letter “E,” which seems really difficult! My last sentence had 8 instances of […]

Fun for Friday: Sci-Fi Photo Prompt

| August 10, 2018

This image is just so chock full of promise, I don’t even know where to begin! There’s the gorgeous sci-fi city in the background, of course, but the girl in the foreground is what draws my attention. Is she a robot? Is she a cybernetically enhanced human? I think it could go either way, which […]