[Write on Wednesday] Weather Or Not

Since everyone in my orbit is talking about it anyway, let’s write about the weather!

Icy Red Maple 1

The Prompt

Write a story in an environment where the weather is so extreme that it shapes everything: actions, metaphors, hopes & dreams…

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[Write On Wednesday] Rescue Me

If you’re writing for publication, it’s important to be aware of lead-times, (i.e. the time between when an editor says ‘yes’ to your story and the date the publication goes live). They can be long, so if you’re writing a seasonal story, you need to be submitting months in advance. That’s why today’s prompt is for October’s National Adopt A Shelter Dog month. Write your doggie story today and start pitching it now!

Blackie the 🐕

The Prompt

Write a story featuring a dog

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[Write On Wednesday] The Writing Group

Have you ever been part of a Writers’ Group? There’s good (Solidarity! Feedback! Deadlines!) and bad (Jealousy! Bitchiness! Blowhards!). This week I invite you to write the story of a writers’ group.

Ivana Myšková

The Prompt

Imagine a writer’s group. Write a story about one of their meetings (or a series of meetings

Tips

  • This ground seems ripe for satire and farce, to me, but perhaps that’s just the way my mind works. (I refer you to @guyinyourMFAclass for inspiration!)
  • Put a writer (like or unlike) yourself into the group. Have a clear sense of who your protagonist is, what they want, what they don’t want, and what internal struggles cause them potential problems with other characters in this group. What, in their background, caused this internal flaw and how does that play into how they react to other people?
  • Go to town, pitting your protagonist against people who appeal to them or who play on that internal struggle (knowingly or otherwise).
  • Don’t forget to bring the story to a head over one incident, one moment, and show us how the protagonist deals with it.

Go!

Photo credit: Ondřej Lipár

 

 

[Write On Wednesday] The Group

Spring Tea Party

Ever been forced to be part of a group project? Ever joined a community group because you felt like you ought to? Ever been part of a voluntary group that you loved?

Today’s prompt encourages you to mine those experiences to create a story with an ensemble cast.

The Prompt

Write A Story Centered Around a Group of People Trying To Achieve One Goal

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[Write On Wednesday] New Beginnings

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A new year is almost upon us. News sites and shows and all your favourite blogs are urging you to think about resolutions and goals and all the way in which Next Year will be Better than every other year that’s gone before.

Of course, that’s not exactly how it works, is it?

The Prompt

Write About A New Beginning

Tips

  • Pick a character who needs a new beginning, or who wants a new beginning, and write about the moment they make that decision or embark on the new thing.
  • Or, pick a character who had no interest in beginning again and force them into a situation where they must.
  • This story could be tragic (new beginnings are often triggered by tragedy, because new beginnings are often too disruptive to be embarked on by choice), or it could be comedic, hopeful, dark, or joy-filled. It depends on you, your mood, your writing preferences and the character you picked.
  • Make sure to show us your character’s journey thorughout the story. Let them develop If they begin the story wary and unwilling, show us a moment of hope, where things might go well (even if you decide to go dark in the end).
  • Remember to make the reader (and  yourself) FEEL something for the character and the struggles they’re going through. That feeling might be as difficult and safe as humor, or it might be a sentimental weep-fest. Or it might just be that glimmer of hope.
  • Think about a new beginning you experienced. What emotions did you feel? How did they manifest in your body and your mind, and in your actions? What can you take from that and put into your story?

Leave a comment and let us know what you wrote about, and how it went.

 

Photo Credit. Dafne Cholet (CC BY 2.0)

[Write On Wednesday] Word List Redux

It’s a crazy time of year. You’re busy. You don’t have time to write. You certainly don’t have time to write anything good.

Great. Write something silly today. Write a story that can’t possibly be good because it came from a ridiculous prompt.

The Prompt

Use these words in your story:

Sea kelp, annointed, onion, flabby, twist, anachronistic, bing, fly, bauble, sun

Tips

  • Write a story and highlight the words as you use them.
  • Allow yourself to write something silly, ridiculous, bad.
  • Set a timer if you have to.
  • Marvel at how, even in this ridiculous exercise, you managed to write at least one line you were really pleased with
  • Post your story in the comments if you dare (it’s fun to see what everyone else comes up with). But remind yourself, you do not have to show it to anyone.

Go!

[Write On Wednesday] Roll Up, Roll Up, Roll Up!

Lucky Dip!

Today’s prompt is a kind of carnival game, a tombola, a random lucky dip.

When I was a kid, I loved going to church bazaars and village fetes and Christmas Fairs.

Aside from scanning the cheap paperbacks and making a beeline for the bakery stall to see if Carol-Anne’s dad had made his famous tablet, I loved nothing more than the Lucky Dip.

Hand over a coin and plunge your hand into a huge barrel of cold, scratchy sawdust, trying not to get any stuck under your nails. Try not to think about the unfortunate association of the smell of sawdust with all the times somebody threw up at school and the janitor came by with his trusty bucket of the stuff. Rummage around until your fingers find the smooth crinkle of something wrapped in cheap, thin paper. Pull it out and lo! you have a gift. No idea what it would be. It might be something ‘meh’, or it might be something cool like a spinning top or a plastic penny whistle, or one of those little puzzles with the balls you have to roll around until they are all in the right divots; something I could play with all afternoon then shove it in a drawer and re-discover periodically over the next few years.

Whatever I got, it was something I hadn’t expected. And it was mine, all mine!

Below, you’ll find a lucky-dip of sorts, a prompt from the archives of over 500 prompts at StoryADay. It has been generated especially for you!

The Prompt

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[Write On Wednesday] Write A Holiday Story

It can be overwhelming to sit down to write a story.

When you could write about anything it can become difficult to decide what to write about. These writing prompts are meant to put limits on your choices, in order to make your creative gears grind.

Designer Crackers - hand crafted, gold with brown check

The Prompt

Write A Short Story That Features or Refers To A Holiday

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[Write On Wednesday] Writing For Reluctant Readers

Don’t forget, the end of the month is approaching. It’s the perfect time to check out your writing commitments from last month, and start planning your commitments for December. There’s still time to do a few more things this month to reach your goals!

There’s a concept that there are avid readers and ‘reluctant readers’ (boys often get lumped into this category). It is pronounced as if it’s somehow the reader’s fault that they get bored with books. I firmly believe that anyone can be turned into a midnight-reading-story-zombie if we just find (or in our case, write) the right kind of story for that reader.

It might seem odd to challenge you to write a short story for someone who doesn’t want to read one, but this exercise will keep you focused on making your story as compelling, action-driven, and engaging as possible.

ReadingThe Prompt

Write a story for a reluctant reader

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[Writing Prompt] Write A Children’s Story

There’s no feedback like the honest feedback of trying to hold the attention of a squirmy kid. This week I want you to try (or imagine) reading a story you’ve written to a kid under the age of 8. They are too young to worry about your feelings and they WILL let you know if the story is dragging! It’s great practice for holding the attention of former-kids too!

The Prompt

Write A Children’s Story

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