Category: fiction

Write a piece that illustrates the saying:

No good deed goes unpunished.

Words associated with money:

frugal

interest

investment

poverty

coin

debit

swindle

save

mortgage

affluent

IOU

finance

arrears

paucity

prosperity

destitute

debtor

credit

shark

con

spendthrift

scam

I’ve gone down in flames so many times before. How is this any different?

Pick an activity and write about someone doing it for the first time. Be sure to give your character a personality; don’t just describe the action.

Words associated with flying:

soar

drift

float

wing

air

bird’s eye

flutter

lift

current

glide

rise

take off

hover

levitate

luff

dive

sky

flap

float

I tell my students one of the most important things they need to know is when they are at their best, creatively. They need to ask themselves, What does the ideal room look like? Is there music? Is there silence? Is there chaos outside or serenity outside? What do I need in order to release my imagination?

                                          —Toni Morrison, The Paris Review, 1993

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

                                                                —Lao Tzu

Write down a description of your demographic. Then write down a description of the opposite. Put yourself in the shoes of your opposite and write a piece from that character’s perspective.

The colors in my dreams are so much brighter than in real life. I set out to discover why.

[Finish the paragraph. Write a longer piece if the spirit moves you.]

Words associated with light:

illuminate 

brighten

candle

luminous

shine

star

gleam

brilliant

spark 

radiant

luster

streak

glow

blaze

ember

glare

dazzle

glimmer

ray

sun

sparkle