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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Art Prompts!

| June 1, 2018

Recently I was trying to come up with some prompts to give me ideas for a flash fiction piece, in preparation for some of the flash fiction contests I’m doing this summer. I figured randomly generating some ideas was a good way to practice in advance of getting the real prompts from the contests. In […]

Fun for Friday: June Writing Prompts!

| May 25, 2018

Can you believe it’s already almost June? Time flies when you’re having fun … or maybe when you’re super busy! June’s writing prompts are mostly about summer and vacation. Even though I work year round, rather than following an academic calendar, I can still tell when it’s June, because the streets of Seattle are flooded […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts for Young Adults and Beyond

| May 18, 2018

Here’s a fun prompt that’s a mix of a photo prompt and text prompts. Exhibit A is the photo to the right, which, despite its lack of diverse characters, looks very much like the cast of characters for a young adult novel. (Or a horror movie, but that’s a different sort of setup.) Or maybe […]