Category Archives: Writing Exercise Friday

Prompt: Funeral Pyre

Describe a funeral pyre:

  • Who is it?
  • Emotive response?

This is vague, but here’s your prompt. =P

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Prompt: Fob Watch

Prompt Fridays are back!  And here’s your new one:

You’ve come into possession of a fob watch, mysteriously or otherwise, and I want you to write about it.  Tell me its significance to you.  If it has supernatural qualities, tell me about them.  Or, give me a character-perspective of this fancy new accessory and how your character came into its possession.  Go!

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Writing Prompt: The First Lie

Salut!  So, some of you must be wondering what happened to my posts for the last week and a half.  WordPress decided that it won’t post my scheduled posts in full.  The post text is deleted and replaced with my initial draft line, like the post was never saved.  So, I apologize for any emails that didn’t link to posts.  I think I have it under control.  To rectify the situation, both of the last two Writing Life posts will be posted this weekend.

LfBH will now be posted bi-weekly.  I can’t keep up with the volume and quality, and if I want to have less editing work later, I need to put the time in to make sure each post is up to standard.  The next LfBH installment will go up on Monday, October 24.  I know, it’s a long time from now, but I’m plotting a NaNo novel, and editing the hell out of the first 13 chapters of LfBH.  So, wish me luck.  =]

Now, for the writing prompt!

Write a scene in which a lie lands yourself or your character into a pot of hot water!

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Prompt: Familiar

Gwin © Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

This is vague.  I want you to really reach here, because this concept has been done a thousand times five times over.  I want you to… *drumroll*  ….. tell me about your animal companion/familiar!  Or a character’s animal companion/familiar.  How did you/they come to be together?  How do you/they communicate?   Tell me the story. <3

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Writing Prompt: Burnt Offerings

Image © Fernando X. Sanchez

This can be a fiction or nonfiction exercise.  I want you to think of someone burning parts of their past; objects, memories, etc.  Why are they burning those things?  If you’re pulling from your life, what have you burned deliberately, literally or figuratively, and why?

Don’t forget to share the result of the exercise in a link in the comments!  I’d love to see what this yields.

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Writing Prompt: Between Genius & Insanity

Steampunk Demotivational

Writing Prompt Friday lives on!  This week, you’re an inventor.  Give me some insight into your current big project.  Not working on anything, O great inventor?  Tell me how you’re making ends meet, being an inventor with no commissions.  Don’t want to air your dirty laundry?  Give me a typical day in your lab, introduce me to your staff, your favorite materials to work with.

Remember, the world may not see your genius, but that shouldn’t stop you from showcasing it!

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10 Tricks to Motivate Yourself to Write — Right Now! (via Courage 2 Create)

(WordPress is not cooperating with me tonight.  Reblogging isn’t going through, so I have to leave you a link at the bottom.)

Instead of a writing prompt, I’m going to highlight one of Ollin Morales’ posts.  You won’t find a man more committed to bringing out the best writer you have inside you, and making you feel good about that writer.  His blog is by far one of my favorites.

So, enjoy Ollin’s post on the 10 Tricks to Motivate Yourself to Write — Right NOW! , and don’t forget to leave him your thoughts!

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Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart ~ via Writing Forward

Once again, this week’s prompts come from Writing Forward, by Melissa Donovan!

Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart!

Enjoy them, they’re fantastic.  And leave Melissa some comments if you like the prompts! <3

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3 Fiction Writing Exercises ~ via Writing Forward

Today’s writing exercises come from Writing Forward, by Melissa Donovan.  LOVE her blog.  <3

So, head on over to Writing Forward’s 3 Fiction Writing Exercises!  She’s give you a separate exercise for characters, plots, and themes, so there’s something for everyone! <3

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In the Spirit of Summer

Here’s a list of starters and prompts.  I want you guys to have fun with this one.  Lazy July days are necessary. <3

  • Write about your dream vacation. If you could go anywhere or do anything this summer, what would you do?
  • I was lounging on a beach on Maui when suddenly…
  • The last thing you expect to find in a swimming pool is…
  • Most kids set up a lemonade stand to make some money, but not us. We decided to…
  • This is going to be the last summer when I…
  • One thing I wish I’d done differently last summer is…
  • The minute the fireworks started going off, I…
  • Write a story about people from a land of perpetual summer visiting people from a land of perpetual winter, or vice versa.

Thanks to The Writing For Children Resource Site for these prompts!

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