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5 Prompt Friday

Get your “write” on with these story starters and prompts!

  1. When I opened my eyes, everything was still black.
  2. He tugged on Brigette’s pant leg with his grubby little hands.
  3. “How could you betray my trust like that?”
  4. It was the third time the black Chevy passed Brandon’s house.
  5. “Just pick up the phone and call him already and quit talkin’ about it!”

Whaddya say? Did one of these prompts inspire a great story for you? Share your success with us!


July 31, 2009 at 10:47 am

5 Prompt Friday

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Five prompts to get your pen movin’ and groovin’:

  1. It was the last morning of summer vacation.
  2. Write about finding a green post-it with a handwritten message on your car’s windshield.
  3. You find a voodoo doll in your best friend’s backpack.
  4. After taking a large bite of your favorite pizza you bite down on sharp metallic object.
  5. Someone broke into your Facebook page and has been “friending” all of your enemies.

Have fun!  Share what you wrote with us!

July 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

Young Writers Scholarship

The 2nd Annual Lisa Rector Young Writers Scholarship


 Postmark Deadline: July 30, 2009.

1st place, SIWC Full Scholarship, 2009.
2nd place, critique by a Literary Agent
3rd place, critique by an Editor or Writer

The winner will be invited to attend the Surrey International Writers’ Conference October 23-25, 2009 in Surrey, Canada. 3-day conference pass includes entry to an awards banquet announcing the winner and a consult with a participating agent or editor attending this year’s conference. Scholarship does not include meals, travel or accommodation.

Students between the ages of 12-18, currently enrolled in a junior high, senior high or college program, are eligible to enter. Contest is open to Canadian, US and Worldwide residents 

Postmark Deadline: July 30, 2009.

July 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

Wacky Wednesday

Instead of the usual Wacky Wednesday writing prompts, today, let’s take a field trip. It’s summer, you’re going places, so go into a bookstore, or a library with this mission in mind:

Find the WACKIEST children’s or YA book on the shelves and answer:

What made you pick the book up?

Why is it wacky?

Is it wacky-strange or wacky-silly?

Would you read it? Recommend it to a friend?

What ideas does it give you for your own writing?

Don’t be shy, share your findings with us.  Let’s see who can find the WACKIEST book out there (and I do mean “out there”, groovy cats!)

July 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

Any song writers out there?

music-notesWhile cruising Twitter (what you’re not tweeting? – sign up and follow me @mjcwriter!) I found a cool site for songwriters:

“From inspiration to crafted songs.

Lilac Writer is an online songwriting tool to help you write lyrics with built-in references, organization & collaboration tools.”

Free membership and free to use, so far. Check it out and give us your review here.

July 21, 2009 at 12:37 am

More Prompts Monday

Since your usual writing prompts didn’t make it to the post on Friday, I thought I’d make it up by posting several more writing prompts today…Enjoy!

  1. Momentum: write about an object or character that is gaining momentum. What will that mean for the story?
  2. Pick a happy color, say lime green like a tree frog, and juxtapose (meaning: to place side by side) that color with a tragic scene
  3. Write about characters that travel with the weather: tornado riders or hail storm surfers, etc
  4. Write about an obsession that has gone too far, but make it unique. Not a classic stalker/jealousy obsession, but maybe a character that has severe OCD with cleanliness and how that affects her and her world.
  5. Go through your parents’ CD collection, now select a random track and listen to the lyrics. Make up a story from there.
  6. Have you ever flipped through a baby name book? There are so many character name options, including their origin and meanings. Good stuff there, my friends. Use your research to create a new character true to his name.
  7. What do you find challenging? A new level on Mario Cart? Maybe perfecting your volleyball serve? Is it a challenge to invite new kids to hang with your usual group of buddies? Write about one of your challenges and let your character figure out how to succeed.

Share some of your promtps with us! Or just stop by to chat about anything writing-related.

July 20, 2009 at 12:04 am

Wacky Wednesday

Writing gives us the freedom to explore words and their meanings, but also to use words in an unconventional way.

Today, I’d like you to use descriptive words in a WaCkY way. Here are some examples:

  • Her breath was like lightning. (Could mean it was hot or “stinky;” or it could be literal and every time she breathed streaks of lightning shot out of her mouth.)
  • Blinda put on her crispiest dress for the party. (Could mean her dress was a fresh and crisp new fashion, or that it literally was “crispy” like dried leaves that would disintegrate in the wind.)
  • Teagan felt carbonatedas he visualized the outcome of today’s big race. (Could mean he was pumped and energized, or that he literally had bubbles percolating under the skin which would help his speed.)
  • Your turn: select a descriptive word and use it in a sentence in a wacky way…see where it leads you. TIP:  look on food or beverage labels for unique words that can be used in wacky ways!

July 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

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