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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 […]

Fun for Friday: 365 Writing Prompts!

| August 3, 2018

It may be past the midpoint of the year, but that’s no reason why you can’t get started on writing every day. This list gives 365 writing prompts, so you could start at the beginning and work your way through, or you could start on the number corresponding to the day of the year (today […]

Fun for Friday: August Writing Prompts

| July 27, 2018

August is just around the corner, so it’s time for the August writing prompts! This month, we’re back to having some prompts based on the letters in the word August, some based on August holidays, some based on summertime things, and some toward the end getting into the next thing on the agenda, back to […]

Fun for Friday: Interesting Words

| July 20, 2018

Writers thrive on words, and sometimes we want to use less common words rather than ones that everyone knows. While the words on this list may not be super uncommon, they’re still some fund words to use. There are two for every letter of the alphabet, which could also make for a fun writing challenge: […]

Fun for Friday: Creepy Photo Prompt

| July 13, 2018

While not everyone will find this photograph of an abandoned bus in the woods creepy, I think this photo prompt is a horror story waiting to happen! Take a look, and see what it inspires in you!

Fun for Friday: Random Prompt Generator

| July 6, 2018

I find that I get a lot of mileage out of really random generators. Today, I’ve found a random prompt generator on Tumblr, which gives you eleven potential prompts for the price of one. (For the record, the “price of one” is clicking on a link. So free.) There are all sorts of ways that […]

Fun for Friday: July Writing Prompts!

| June 29, 2018

It’s time for July’s daily writing prompts! July is all about the summer, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also about sweet and treats like fruits and freezer delicacies! As always, you don’t have to necessarily go with the summery meaning of these words. There are quite a few this month that could be […]

Fun for Friday: Photo Prompt

| June 22, 2018

While the photo in today’s photo prompt is a still photograph of a video exhibit, it’s still a really cool image, with many individual screens within a neon outline of the United States.  The piece is called “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii,” by Paik Nam June, and it is on exhibit at the Smithsonian […]

Fun for Friday: Interesting Facts about English

| June 15, 2018

Grammarly has a neat little article including ten interesting facts about the English language, which you can read here. In it, you can learn all about pangrams, ambigrams, and ghost words! The most fascinating fact to me is the last one, which states that the word “girl” did not originally mean a female child, but […]