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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 […]

Fun for Friday: Loads of Writing Prompts

| September 18, 2020

I just stumbled across Numawok Creative, and I love her writing prompts archive. She’s got really more than 100 wonderful, thought-provoking prompts available. They’re bundled in groups of 10, so you can just choose one blog post to start with and work through, and then go on to another batch!  

Awesome Find: World Roulette

| September 9, 2020

I LOVE things that allow for random idea generation, so I’m super excited about World Roulette. It’s part art book and part advice on world building. But there’s also a deck of world building cards with instructions on how to make infinite combinations with those cards. And one can never have too many sets of […]

Fun for Friday: Story Starters for Kids

| September 4, 2020

If you’ve got kids in your life who are aspiring authors, but they don’t always have the ideas that go with that aspiration, or if you’d like to encourage kids to try their hand at writing fiction, check out this story starter generator from Scholastic! Specifically geared toward kids, and with three genres and a […]

Fun for Friday: September 2020 Writing Prompts!

| August 28, 2020

We’re getting very close to September now, so it’s time for September 2020’s writing prompts! This month’s prompts are taken from back to school, the beginning of autumn, and some things specific to September, while also having a number of words that are less connected to these things. I also chose a lot of words […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts on Pinterest

| August 21, 2020

If you’re looking for a random bit of writing inspirations, I’ve recently created a writing prompts board on my Pinterest. It’s a collection of ideas for monthly writing challenges, one-off writing challenges, cool words, and useful lists of names. I’ll be adding more to it as time goes on, so feel free to follow it […]

Fun for Friday: Creative Writing Prompts on Instagram!

| August 7, 2020

If you’re looking for some very cool creative writing prompts, check out Writing.Prompt.S on Instagram! I’ve spotted some of these prompts on Pinterest as well, and they’re always really intriguing ideas that seem to be right up the alley of a speculative fiction author. Sometimes, they are snippets of dialogue that create all kinds of […]

Fun for Friday: August 2020 Writing Prompts

| July 31, 2020

Even though time feels somewhat meaningless, with all of the days running into one another, only differentiated by weekends, another month has passed. July is wrapping up today, which means it’s time for the August 2020 prompts! This month, the words are generally random, with a few seasonal words tossed in for good measure. I’m […]