Blog | April 18, 2015

Story Sparks and Writing Prompts

I talk a lot about writing prompts and Story Sparks around here. They are your secret weapons for getting through a month of extreme short story writing!

What is a Story Spark?

It’s a term I coined for something that is less than a story idea and certainly not an outline, but something that you notice while walking the world: things that make you go ‘hmmm’, if you will.

Story sparks are details about the world that you can use either to spark or add richness to a story. They can be:

Fragments of conversation: become a dedicated eavesdropper, if you aren’t all ready. Details from the world around you: the exact color and shape of a dogwood flower in April; a snippet of conversation overhead, out of context;…

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