I created this writing prompt, “Portal”, for the late middle of a book. Flashbacks are portals to the past. They can be an effective way to show contrasts between the way things were and the way things are. But the time change inherent in all flashbacks can jolt the reader’s sense of continuity. For that […]
A writing prompt for the early middle of a book when the character feels like an emotional beach ball trapped on the ocean waves.
A writing prompt that uses an accidental antagonist.
…But structure, when used simply as a shortcut can become a lock on our creativity…
The past two weeks, I have been reading articles on holistic approaches to psychology, martial arts, lifestyle, and medicine. So of course I decided to explore what people said about holistic writing on blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the web in general. I found near silence. So I decided to tackle the idea myself. Holistic comes […]
The point of these techniques is to get the words flowing faster and freer and temporarily shut down the inner critic that can slow your flow of words. Prompts. You can start with ones written by someone else but I recommend eventually making your own. When you write your own prompts, the topic is more […]
I’d like to go back to the quotation by Lyn Hejinian that started this arc of blogs. I, for one, feel the double pull of conciseness and expansiveness. But they do not need to be at odds with one another. In fact, your personal balance of these two helps determine your style. When I started […]
Starters are writing prompts. A starter can be a set of rules, a pool of words, a scenario, a quotation, a picture, or any combination of these. When placed in your fiction world, starters can help you explore characters, setting, and craft. Character. Starters help you learn about your view-point character by placing him/her in […]
Sometimes creativity needs a little prompting. It is useful to have several plans of action in place for when inspiration refuses to strike. Maybe it just isn’t angry enough. Brainstorming and experimenting offer a fallback plan. They also offer a way to enhance those inspired ideas. They are ways to be more creative but I […]
Creativity is about more than ideas — it is also about the consequences those ideas have for your story. I chose the word “experiment” in the title of this blog because experiments focus on finding or exploring cause-and-effect relationships. I realize that a consequence is a kind of idea but thinking about an idea’s consequences […]