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Fun for Friday: Things to Do at Home, or Things to Write about People Doing at Home

| April 17, 2020

With many of us staying at home a lot more than we used to, people may want to get creative for things to do while they’re at home. This list has 30 fun options! But if you want to get really creative, you could take this list of options and use it as writing prompts. […]

Fun for Friday: Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

| April 3, 2020

My attention span tends to be fairly short right now, so the idea of writing flash fiction rather than longer works is definitely appealing to me. Here’s a list of 131 flash fiction prompts if you’re also looking for shorter things to write! The website offers it as a 100 day challenge or a 30 […]

Fun for Friday: April 2020 Writing Prompts

| March 27, 2020

March has seemed a lot longer than it ought to have, but this is shaping up to be the new normal in our neck of the woods. This month, we’ve got a random assortment of words, plus a bonus handful of words in the image for this post. Feel free to toss them in wherever […]

Fun for Friday: Genre Writing Prompts

| March 20, 2020

If you’re looking for specific genre writing prompts, check out this list! They’ve got several ideas for each of a bunch of different genres. And they’ve even got historical fiction, which is an uncommon genre to find in prompts! This could also be fun if you randomly picked two prompts from different genre categories and […]

Fun for Friday: March 2020 Writing Prompts

| February 28, 2020

We’re already to the end of a long February, so it’s time for the March writing prompts! I’ve got themed and non-themed prompts mixed in this year! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with this post as a part of your prompt. This month, it’s flowers that look like they’re made of glass, […]

Fun for Friday: What Ifs

| February 21, 2020

For this week’s fun, check out this list of “What If” Journal Prompts. But now, apply them to fiction. More specifically, spin out some ideas of what a character might do if one of these What Ifs happened to them, and build a story from there!  

Fun for Friday: February 2020 Writing Prompts!

| January 31, 2020

January has flown by, and we’re reaching February! It’s a 29-day February this year, and I’m definitely going to be taking advantage of that extra day! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some […]

Writing to Prompts

| January 6, 2020

Last week, I talked about writing to a theme. This week, I’m talking about writing to prompts. The two things are related, but not entirely the same. Writing to prompts comes up frequently if you’re looking to challenge yourself to write a daily, weekly, or even monthly story, when you don’t necessarily have an end […]

Fun for Friday: January 2020 Writing Prompts!

| December 27, 2019

2019 is coming to a close, so it’s time for the January 2020 writing prompts! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some non-seasonal prompts! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts with a Twist

| December 20, 2019

Sometimes, you’ve got an idea for a story but you just need the right twist to make it different from stories that have come before. Whether you’re looking for a twist or a whole idea, here’s a list of 30 short story ideas with twists! The ideas are meant for middle school students, but that […]