Category: writing inspiration

prompt 959

Having your shit together is its own reward.

prompt 959

Having your shit together is its own reward.

prompt 937

Use this sentence as either the first one in a long paragraph or as the last one. Bonus points if you do the exercise twice–one of each.

She walked through the door and it closed behind her.

prompt 934

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

                                                           –Beatrix Potter

prompt 931

Choose a contentious topic and write a dialogue about it between two people, one of whom only speaks in short sentences, and one of whom only speaks in long sentences.

prompt 926

Write two versions of a dialogue between two people, one of whom is continually diminishing the other person’s accomplishments (version 1), or continually building up the other person’s accomplishments. (Version 2).

prompt 925

While going through items in your parents’ attic, you find a piece of clothing that  was very important to you at one time. Write about it. What does it look like now versus back in its heyday? Why was it so important to you? Does finding it now help you with something in your current life?

prompt 924

That’s the kind of thing you don’t tell your husband.

(Feel free to customize this–wife, partner, coworkers, family, mother-in-law, banker, therapist, psycho ex-boyfriend, etc. Try a few different ones.)

prompt 922

Write a piece that starts with:  One day, ten years ago, I had a yard sale.

prompt 921

Readers want to be able to predict where the story is going. And they always want to be wrong.

                                              –Steven James, Story Trumps Structure