Category: writing prompt

prompt 970

Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.

—Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

…and hello, lovelies!With the start of a new month, I thought it would be a good time to…


…and hello, lovelies!

With the start of a new month, I thought it would be a good time to introduce some changes to our Twitter activity. While the blog has been wonderful for reaching out to all of you and answering your questions, it doesn’t provide us with much opportunity for back-and-forth and engaging with you during the writing process. Since this is the part of the writing community that I love the most, I knew there had to be a solution!

I know what you’re probably thinking right now:

Oh my gosh, I totally agree! How can I get more of Penney yelling excitedly at me about stories?

That’s so sweet of you! If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck.

If you’re already following us (@plotlinehotline), you’ve probably noticed a slight increase in our Twitter presence as far as retweets and general threads are concerned. You’ve likely also come across the occasional prompts we’ve been posting.

This has been one of my favorite parts about working with our Twitter account for the past month— I’ve always loved working from prompts, and the chance to share those and talk with people about their stories has been amazing! 

It has been a little sporadic, though, and with April’s Camp NaNoWriMo coming up, I’d really like to make March a great planning month in terms of prompts and story starters. To this end, I’ll be posting new prompts daily with a different theme (and corresponding hashtag) for each weekday to help spur our creativity and get a few scenes under our belt before the new month starts.

The PLHL’s Daily Prompt List

Miscellaneous Monday— Anything goes! These prompts don’t have a consistent theme to them, but will instead offer different challenges to keep in mind as you’re writing your scene.

Character Trait Tuesday— Tell us about your character! All of these will be related to certain qualities about your character that you can exemplify in your scene.

Workup Wednesday— Practice your planning skills! We’ll be posting a final line for you to consider, and the goal will be writing a scene that builds up to that line.

Theoretical Thursday— Change things up a little! These prompts posit a “What if” scenario that challenges you to look at your story/character from a new angle, offering perspectives that you may not have considered otherwise.

Photo Friday— They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we want you to write them! Each prompt will consist of a single picture (with no dialogue or writing) that you can use as a basis for the scene you write.

Worldbuilding Weekend— It’s exactly what it sounds like! Each weekend, we’ll ask a new question about your world to help you build and develop the universe your characters live in. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a scene, but should help to get the ball rolling to save you a bit of time later!

I’m very excited to be introducing these prompts, and I’d very much like to hear about what you’ve decided to write and your thoughts on the process. As such, I’ll be regularly monitoring all of the above hashtags, as well as our NaNoWriMo-specific tag (#plhlsuperscribes).

I look forward to talking to all of you! Good luck with your planning, and happy writing!


prompt 947

Your secret is safe with me.

prompt 947

Your secret is safe with me.

#52: Write About Starting OverSubmit Here 

#52: Write About Starting OverSubmit Here 

#52: Write About Starting OverSubmit Here 

#52: Write About Starting OverSubmit Here 

Prompt #74 Creativity and Cheating

Creative people are more likely to cheat than less creative people, possibly because this talent…

WRITING PROMPT #73Write about the lessons you learned this year. SUBMIT HERE

WRITING PROMPT #73Write about the lessons you learned this year. SUBMIT HERE

WRITING PROMPT #72Write about December. SUBMIT HERE

WRITING PROMPT #72Write about December. SUBMIT HERE

prompt 935

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.

                                        –Stephen King, On Writing