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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 […]

Fun For Friday: Three Autumn Images

| November 8, 2019

It’s time for another photo writing prompt, and as we ease into November, I thought some lovely autumn photos might do the trick. Of course, if you look at them in a certain way, this could also be creepy, especially the house in the last photo. The first photo is leaf-strewn stone stairs, with a […]

Fun for Friday: Multi-Genre Writing Prompts

| November 1, 2019

If you’re out of ideas for your stories, check out this list of 200+ short story ideas! The ideas are from several different genres, and they add new ones each week, so you should be able to find something that works for you. One of their suggestions is to change the genre on some of […]

Fun for Friday: November 2019 Writing Prompts

| October 25, 2019

It’s time for the November 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for November events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this November, you could try to work one or more of the words into your writing each day of […]

Fun for Friday: Etymology and Spelling

| October 18, 2019

Ever wondered why English has such unusual spellings when it comes to some words? Some of it can be blamed on etymology, and others can be blamed on false etymology. This article talks about the origins of the English language dictionary and how etymology and false etymology impacted spelling. It’s a fascinating read, and lots […]

Fun for Friday: Three Spooky Images

| October 11, 2019

It’s the spooky time of the year, so today’s three images are all spooky ones–a night time scene of a woman dressed in nineteenth century clothing, holding a parasol, with her back to the camera; a hallway with unusual shadows cast by the iron bars in the distance11; and a steam-shrouded train engine, viewed head […]

Fun for Friday: Scary Story Prompts

| October 4, 2019

With it being October, it’s time for some spooky story prompts. As a warning, if you scare easily, you might want to skip these links. Here, you can find 101 terrifying horror story prompts in a general list, and here, you can find 101 MORE terrifying horror story prompts in various categories, some of which […]

Fun for Friday: October 2019 Writing Prompts

| September 27, 2019

October is my favorite month of the year, because it culminates in Halloween. It’s also a month with a whole lot of art challenges themed to the spooky season. So this month’s writing prompts come from Mab’s Drawlloween Club, Inktober, and Sari’s Artober. There’s a little bit of repetition amongst the lists, but for most […]

Fun For Friday: A Huge List of Word Roots

| September 20, 2019

For all of the etymology nerds out there (and I count myself among you), check out this page of word roots. It will tell you a ton about prefixes that often get tacked on to words to change their meaning, but it goes back to the roots of those prefixes. It also breaks down which […]

Fun for Friday: A Trio of Photos

| September 13, 2019

It’s time for another three photos to inspire your writing! This week, we’ve got an interesting sci-fi scene in which scientists are working near a tube with what appears to be bodies inside, and more observers, or possibly bodies, are on the outskirts of the room. The second image is an ibex with impressive antlers, […]