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Fun for Friday: February Writing Prompts

| January 26, 2018

As January winds to a close, it’s time to start looking at writing prompts for February. There are a lot of love-related things for this month, but you don’t have to make them part of a romantic story or poem. In fact, it could be interesting to flip some of them to their darker sides. […]

Fun for Friday Writing Prompt: A Fresh Start

| January 5, 2018

What would your character do if they had the opportunity to make a fresh start? Would they continue on where they were already headed, or would they do something completely different? If you’re stuck writing a character, try this out as a way to get unstuck. Write that character with a fresh start, and see […]

Fun for Friday: January Writing Prompts

| December 29, 2017

Starting today, I’m going to be creating my own writing prompt lists for each month! Here’s the first for 2018–January Writing Prompts! This month, I’ve got things about the new year, winter, social justice and government, and words that can be made from the word “January”. But you can take these prompts in whatever direction […]

Fun for Friday: Rethinking the Real World

| December 22, 2017

I’ve had a project keeping me busy at work recently that involves searching through abstracts for papers that were given at a conference over the past 70 years. It’s been fascinating to me as a historian in seeing what trends and themes appeared throughout the years, but it’s also intrigued my writer brain, because I […]

Fun for Friday: December Writing Prompts

| December 15, 2017

I know the month is already halfway over, but I just found this cool list of December writing prompts. Page Flutter calls for these to be six-word stories or poems, but you could also take these words and use them as longer story prompts. You can start with the one for today (doll maker), or […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Leaves Story Seeds

| November 10, 2017

One of my favorite things about autumn is the leaves. I grew up in the Midwest, so for me, the colors are amazing, there’s a smell in the air from people burning leaves, and you can crunch through the ones on the sidewalk. All of these things are much less true in Seattle, but every […]

Fun for Friday: More Spooky Writing Prompts!

| October 27, 2017

Since my last batch of spooky writing prompts had quite a few on the darker side of things, I decided to lighten it up this week with 7 Quick Halloween Writing Prompts that are designed for younger writers. This batch has plenty with a good Halloween theme, and they only need to be dark and […]

Day Job + Writing = Story Ideas?

| October 19, 2017

Before I moved to Seattle, I was pretty sure that archaeology was EXACTLY like it looks in the movies, all digging up ancient civilizations and running around lost temples. No, wait, maybe that’s just how Indiana Jones makes archaeology look cool in the movies. When I moved here, I started working with archaeologists, and though […]

Fun for Friday: Spooky Writing Prompts

| October 13, 2017

As Halloween approaches, my mind is on spooky stories, so today, I tracked down a list of 50 Spooky Writing PromptsĀ for this Fun for Friday! This list looks like it’s chock full of story ideas on the scarier side of things, but you could probably turn some of them around and make them less frightening […]

Fun for Friday: Indulge the Purple Prose!

| October 6, 2017

October seems like the perfect time to write a spooky story, and perhaps to indulge in a bit of purple prose. “It was a dark and stormy night” is from an 1830 novel, but it’s also mocked as being part of an overly melodramatic opening sentence. But sometimes, that can be fun! So take that […]