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5 Prompt Friday

{photo courtesy of eosfoundation.org}

{photo courtesy of eosfoundation.org}

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!

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July 24, 2009 at 12:05 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

Give yourself credit!

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”

Norman Vincent Peale,  1898-1993, Pastor and Author

So, what are some of your successes? Can you recall the feeling of accomplishment?  Do you remember how you achieved that goal, crossed that finish line or beat the deadline?  Channel that feeling, that focus and WRITE!

June 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

What do you do when your story is “stuck” ?

*Courtesy of sodahead.com

{photo courtesy of sodahead.com}

A student asked: I have a great idea for a short story about two best friends and one moves away. Now, I’m stuck!

 

Well, every good story needs a problem, so cause some trouble for your characters! 

 

What kind of trouble, you ask?  That depends on your characters: get to know them, then flip their world upside down!

 

Try these tips:

  • Ask what your characters want – do a mini character questionnaire (what are their fears?)
  • What is the worst thing that can happen to Character #1? to Character #2?
  • Keep asking “What if?”  Make 5 scenarios: What if x happened?  What if y happened? Pick the most intriguing and go with it till you get stuck again, then ask another 5 times “what if?”
  • Just write what is in your head and heart, it can all be revised later!
  • Sometimes, you need to put the story away for a day and then come back with “fresh eyes”

 

Happy writing!  And, if you have ideas to combat the “stuckness” of writing, please share with us.

June 16, 2009 at 11:58 am 2 comments

Qustion of the Week

How do you write a cover letter and why do you use one?   quizzical-student-confused-106534

A cover letter is the letter you address to the editor and include with your  story, article, essay, or poem when you are mailing or emailing it for publication.  Your article, story, etc is your “submission” and the cover letter is included to introduce yourself and your work to the editor.

Use this template when submitting your story to an editor:

Editor Name

Market Name

Address Street

Address City, State  Zip

RE:  “Title of your story”

Dear “Editor”:  (make sure you have the correct spelling of the correct editor)

{First paragraph is where you compliment the editor on their magazine and tell them specifically what you like. If you haven’t read the magazine, don’t send your submission – do your homework first!}

I have been reading “Name of Magazine or Journal” for “number of years of months” and I especially enjoy(ed) (name a section you like to read or a particular story or article. Use the name of the story and the author.)

{Second paragraph: tell the title of your story and maybe a sentence or two on what it’s about. Tell the editor why you believe it should be published in their magazine!}

Attached is my story “title” for your consideration.  I think it would be a great fit for “Name of Magazine” or “Journal” because “give reason it is the perfect story for this magazine and its readers!)

{Final paragraph is your closing. Remember to be POLITE and PROFESSIONAL}

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

{Make sure to sign your full name and a way for the editor to reach you!}

“Your Name”

“your email”

“your home address”

**NEVER give out your social security number unless you receive a contract and then have your parents look it over first!

March 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

5 Prompt Friday!

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Don’t be shy, writers are supposed to be “read!”  Send me the ideas you came up with from one of the prompts you’ve read here (either today or from past prompts).  If I like it, I’ll ask you to send me your story and you can see it posted right here, with your name as the “Author”!

  1. Write about a waitress who just spilled hot soup on a stuffy business man.
  2. Write about falling off of a boat, sinking, sinking – and discovering you can breathe underwater!
  3. What if you had a police escort to school on Monday morning?
  4. Write about that delicious last spoonful of dessert.
  5. What if you woke up to discover a tree has grown in the middle of your bedroom (where does it lead? who might live in it?)

January 16, 2009 at 4:30 am 5 comments

RiBbIt!!

Get Hoppin’!

Registration for the FRoG Young Writers Workshop will begin on Monday, Sept 29. (that’s in 4 days!)

Classes will be held on Saturdays: Oct 18 and 25, Nov 1, 8 and 15.  And space is limited.

We are going to rock your writing world!

See the previous post Here for more details!

September 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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