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Fun for Friday: Three Images of Renewal

| January 15, 2021

For this Friday, we’ve got three images on a renewal theme, but as you use them as inspiration for your writing, feel free to take them in different directions. The first image is thin, brightly colored curved lines that look like they could be a close-up image of a Slinky or curled tinsel. They vaguely […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts for a New Year!

| January 8, 2021

If you’re looking for some writing prompts that consider the beginning of a new year, check out this list! Some of these are celebratory, while others are more introspective, but while all of them are rooted in reality, they could make interesting fiction writing prompts as well!

Fun for Friday: January 2021 Writing Prompts!

| January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! With a new year comes a new month, which means writing prompts for the first month of 2021. This month’s prompts are fairly random, with a few winter and New Years words tucked in there! Check back on the last Friday of each month (or occasionally the first day of a new […]

Fun for Friday: A Twist on Santa’s List

| December 4, 2020

It’s the time of the year when kids are thinking about the holiday gifts they’d like to receive from Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, or any of the other names their holiday gift giver might go by (including members of their family). For a fun twist on Santa’s list, here are a handful of […]

Fun for Friday: December 2020 Writing Prompts

| November 27, 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re already creeping up on the beginning of December, as it feels to me that November just started! Nevertheless, here we are! With these prompts, the winter holidays are in full swing. I’ve tried to arrange the words for each date in interesting ways to suggest some themes. But it’s always […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Writing Ideas

| November 20, 2020

If you’re looking for some fun autumn writing prompts, for either kids or adults, check out this page for some neat ideas. While they are geared more toward creative writing than speculative fiction, there are always ways to twist things to a more speculative bent if you prefer. And there are a couple of prompts […]

Fun for Friday: November 2020 Writing Prompts

| October 30, 2020

Here comes November, with autumn and winter temperatures and holidays in their wake in most of North America! This month’s prompts reflect the late autumn/early winter nature of November, and also include some holiday-related words and also some random words. I’ve also included a lovely Japanese maple photo that might give you some ideas for […]

Fun For Friday: Using Short Writing Exercises for a Novel

| October 16, 2020

This article has some neat ideas for short writing exercises that can help with novel writing. Though they call them “flash fiction” exercises, I think they are more meant to be done in a short period of time than to produce actual flash fiction. For those who are doing NaNoWriMo next month, they could provide […]

Fun for Friday: More Prompts!

| October 2, 2020

If you’re looking for more ideas for writing inspiration for October (or other autumn months), check out Dream Foundry’s post about Make a Thing Month(s)! They’ve collected a variety of themed monthly creative challenges that can be used for art, writing, or other creative endeavors. And while most of them are for October, some are […]

Fun for Friday: October 2020 Writing Prompts

| September 25, 2020

It’s my favorite time of the year: Halloween! I’m ready for lots of spooky writing prompts and other autumnal delights! This month, the words in the first column come from Millennial Boss’s Simple Drawing Prompts. Words in the second column are the words that I’ve come up with, steering clear of the October theme of […]