We’ve all been caught in an unflattering pose or expression at some point or another, right? Use that embarrassing moment in your writing today.
Archive | October, 2010
Choose a word. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a noun, verb, or adjective, as long as it relates to a story you’re working on. Find a language dictionary online and translate your word to the language of your choice. Without thinking of the meaning of the translated word, spend 10 minutes freewriting about what associations […]
Your character is at a Parisian bar. Alone. Is he waiting for someone? Has the rest of the party left? What’s going through his mind as he sips his beverage of choice? (And as we discussed yesterday, make the details count, whether he orders a whiskey on the rocks, a dirty martini, or a simple […]
Wow, it’s already October 29. Can you believe autumn is already in full swing? The last few weeks have flown by, and NaNoWriMo is coming up more quickly than it should! I first heard about National Novel Writing Month a few years ago, and though I’ve used the concept as an inspiration to increase my […]
It’s getting cold out there! Whether it’s itchy but stylish, the softest cashmere, or a heavy wool wool that blocks out the fiercest wind, what does your favorite sweater or coat say about you? Silly question, you may say, but think about it seriously. Now, if you’re a fiction writer, think about your characters’ clothes. […]
List five words you like because of how they sound. Now write a poem or paragraph using those words, paying attention to the overall music of the piece.
Describe the smell of morning in and around your home.
Who hasn’t been enchanted by a story about a secret garden or a hidden retreat? Today your character sees a hidden door–and it’s ajar! What does it look like? Does its appearance keep him away or repel him? Write a scene beginning at the moment when he finds the door.
Autumn in Seattle can be beautiful. Despite the requisite dreary days, the sun frequently breaks through, easing us into the new season and the colder months ahead. This particular Saturday was a sandals and no coat kind of day. Glorious. And when the sun comes out, so do all the Seattleites, taking advantage of every […]