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Whatchya want?!

In the words of the Beastie Boys: “So Whatchya, whatchya, whatchya Want?!


In 2009 WritelikeCRAZY is going MAD!!! Going Mad with tips and writing prompts and answering Your QuESTiONS. But, my fine young writing friends, you must ask those questions!

So, for the rest of this week, please come back, post a question or two or a fab idea on what you’d like to read more about here on writelikeCRAZY. This blog is for you. To help with those writing bumps and bumbles, to inspire your muse and keep your ideas flowing and your words spilling onto the page or screen or whatever!

Do you want more prompts?

Do you wonder where to submit your stories?

Would you like writelikeCRAZY to have a forum so you can chat with other young writers?

How about a fiction writing contest or an “author of the month” interviewed here! That author could be you!!

So…whatchya waiting for?


December 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm

5 Prompt Friday!


5 Prompt Friday!

  1. Write a gift wish list for your character. What do they want this year?
  2. Take off your socks and wiggle your toes! You’re going to write about textures you feel when you walk on different surfaces, either while you’re walking now or from memory: on carpet, on hardwood floors, on sand, on snow!
  3. You need a willing partner for this prompt: have your partner take out 5 food samples and “feed” you while you’re blindfolded. Now, write about the tastes, not just “banana,” but the smell, taste on your tongue, the feel in your mouth. Use your descriptive language!
  4. Create a story line for a new video game, complete with characters and their quests.
  5. Write about the scariest nightmare you can remember.

Share your stories with us! I would love to hear where these prompts lead you!

December 19, 2008 at 10:17 am

Deep thoughts…

laughing-crowd_cartoon1  Are any of you fans of the late night show Saturday Night Live?  Many years ago, there was a skit that would just crack me and my brothers up, called “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.”

“Jack” would offer his insights on common life situations adding his own hilarious twist.   Here are some examples, try to think of your own!

“Contrary to what most people say, the most dangerous animal in the world is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It’s a shark riding on an
elephant’s back, just trampling and eating everything they see.”

“If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn’t open, and your friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were

“Whether they ever find life there or not, I think Jupiter should be considered an enemy planet.”

“One thing that makes me believe in UFOs is, sometimes I lose stuff.”

December 18, 2008 at 10:42 am

Simply Saturday….


Since it’s Saturday, let’s do a simple exercise.


Write a list of every emotion you can think of. Use the dictionary or thesaurus for more ideas.  Keep the list handy when you’re looking for a story idea!

December 13, 2008 at 4:45 am

5 Prompt Friday!

penonbook    5 Prompt Friday!

  1. Begin a story with this sentence: (taken from Falling Angel, William Hjortsberg, 1978):  “It was Friday the 13th and yesterday’s snowstorm lingered in the streets like a leftover curse.”
  2. Write about being stranded in a car in a snow bank.
  3. Describe the bedroom of your story’s villain.
  4. Create a story where the main character’s skin turns to tree bark.
  5. Pretend you have a notebook, where everything you write down becomes real!

 Please share some of your stories written from one of the above ideas. We write to connect and inspire others – so get writing!

December 12, 2008 at 8:44 am

Wacky Wednesdays ARE BACK!!

mr_six_old_guy_lgWell, young writers, now that NaNoWriMo is o-v-e-r, it’s back to my writing prompts to get those cramped fingers moving on your keyboard again.

  1. Imagine your character and his/her pet switch places! (Think about the movie “Shaggy Dog.”) What absurd scenes could you write?
  2. Tickle Town: Use this silly town as a setting, but there’s a catch: tickles are not for giggles, they are serious business: tickles are given in exchange for food and services.
  3. Create a chicken language, where the adults can only finish their sentences with “Bawk! Bawk!”
  4. Think of the most annoying habit you know and give it to your character. But, in this story, the annoying habit makes your character popular and lovable!
  5. TV Time:   I rarely advocate TV watching, but for this exercise: turn your tube on a foreign language channel: observe the scenery, the characters and the pitch of their voices. Now write their story!

Have a blast and please share some of your silly story ideas here!

December 10, 2008 at 4:37 am

The Write Gifts for Writers!


Making your wish list? Checking it twice? Can’t recall if you’ve been naughty or nice? Well, I’ve got the hook up that will make your stockings runneth over! Print this list and send it to Santa, or link here when sending your BFF an email, subject line: “Holiday Hints!”

  1. Books! (Of course) But these are fun, young writer-friendly and are chock full of exercises, writing tips and ideas: check out “The I Love To Write Book: Ideas & Tips for Young Writers“, by Mary-Lane Kamberg; or “Writer’s Express: A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers and Learners,” by Dave Kemper, Ruth Nathan and Patrick Sebranek.
  2. Have a favorite notebook that you write all of your ideas and stories into and then cringe at the thought of TYPING it all into your PC or Mac? Have no fear – It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a FLY Fusion Pentop Computer. This cool gadget transfers your handwritten stories directly from your notebook to your computer as a TYPED manuscript. Now that’s what I call a personal secretary!
  3. Engage all of your senses when writing with Smencils! 100% recycled pencils, each with a delicious scent and your school or organization can sell them in bulk and earn money as a fundraiser! Mmmm, Very Berry.
  4. Complete a novel during NaNoWriMo and know not what to do? Check out They will typeset your story and your own cover art into a paperback or hardcover novel. You can order one for bragging rights, or give the link to family so they can help support your “starving artist” status by ordering copies of your novel on-line!
  5. FREE!! Yes, Free gifts are best, especially when you’re buying. Go to and sign up for Hope Clark’s free weekly newsletter “Writing Kid.” You’ll get articles on the craft of writing and lists of writing contests delivered right to your email box.

Is there anything you’re wishing for this Holiday Season? Post it here! Maybe you’ll inspire another young writer to make their wish list and believe in holiday magic…

December 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm

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