Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve to everyone...speaking of which:

Today's Prompt:

Write a story about a New Year's Eve experience involving you or someone you know.

Idea joggers:

  • too much to drink
  • special outfit
  • snow storm
  • plans that changed
  • meeting someone
  • other unique happenstance

Donna
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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Bio Bits

Write a short bio about yourself. Keep it to 100 words or less.

Donna
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New Year Writing Goals

Today's prompt is a bit different. I want you to consider your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve within the next year?

I set writing goals each year. From these goals, I set monthly goals and weekly goals.

Take the time to write down at least three writing goals for the new year.

Donna
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Bad Christmas Gift

I remember back in the 70's when I wanted a sunlamp for Christmas. One package under the tree met the bill. I just knew it was the aswer to my pale palor--I was excited. Christmas morning when I ripped the wrapping away, I stared at a box of new pots and pans. My heart sank--but I couldn't let the giver know how disappointed I felt. So I plastered a smile on my face and thanked him. Over time, the pots and pans proved to be the better gift, but at that moment on Christmas morning I expereienced an inner battle.

Today's prompt:

Develop a scene where a character opens a "bad gift." It can be serious, ture, fictional, or filled with humor.

Donna
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Monday, December 25, 2006

Two By Sea

Place two passengers in a boat and put them on the water. Add any two of these elements:

  • a ring
  • gusty wind
  • music
  • fie along the shore
  • a big fish


  • Donna
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    Sunday, December 24, 2006

    Driving Down the Street

    It's easy to overlook details in familiar territory. Today's exercise draws these details into focus. Imagine driving down your street on July 4th. How would that be different from Christmas Eve--or when the fall colors are at their height? Develop a scene that picks up the details--you pick the season, day and time.

    Donna
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    Saturday, December 23, 2006

    A "B" Story

    Write a scene including these three items:

    1. Bubble
    2. Book
    3. Board

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    Friday, December 22, 2006

    Did You See That?

    Create a character waiting to see something--but just when the time comes they aren't paying attention. What distracts them?

    Some ideas for things to watch for:

  • a baseball player up to bat with a full count and bases loaded
  • the bride and groom to come out of the church
  • someone in a crowd
  • Donna
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  • Thursday, December 21, 2006

    How to Make a Cookie

    Holiday time can drain our engergy and zap our time to nill. To keep writing even through the frezy have fun with this one. Describe making your favorite cookie. Keep it to no more than three paragraphs.

    Donna
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    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Religion In The News

    Take a media bit from the news that deals with religion. Now develop a scene from the flip side of that news story. If religion portrayed in the news is strict--create it tolerant. If forbidden, allow it. And of course if war breaks out because of religion create peace. What news piece you select will determine the flavor of your story.

    Donna
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    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    Shopping When Hungry

    It's easy to get caught up in running errands and skip lunch--or just plan to eat when you're done, but ohhh those delicious smells in the grocery store.

    Today's prompt is an effort to include smells and aromas in our writing. Create a hungry character drifting through the aisles at the local grocery. What do they smell and how does it affect their actions?

    Donna
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    Monday, December 18, 2006

    Snap Shots

    Put a camera into the hands of a grandmotherly character. Does she know how to use the technology? Is it an old fashioned camera? Does it need a battery?

    Once you decide on the type of camera, put her into a family mix for the holidays. And one more thing--she likes to snap photos.

    Donna
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    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    Comfort

    People find comfort in small things. To create believable scenes, small realistic details offering sensory information readers (as well as the character) process to equal comfort. Develop a character seeking comfort in one of the following:

  • a hot cup of coffee or tea
  • a chocolate sundae
  • looking through a scrapbook
  • walking in the woods
  • pick one of your own

    Donna
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  • Saturday, December 16, 2006

    That's Not Music

    Describe the noise others consider music. Here's the twist. Write it with a sense of humor.

    Donna
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    Friday, December 15, 2006

    Show Off

    Develop two young male characters vying for a girl's attention.

    Idea starters:

  • athletic contest or game
  • hanging out at a local mall
  • offering help in a store

    Donna
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Vermin

    What gives you the creeps? What sneeks into your nightmares? Write a scene with swarming vermin surprising or chasing your character.

    Donna
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    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    Snack Time

    Develop a snack time theme around one of the following:

  • Super Bowl
  • after school
  • PMS time

    Donna
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    School Days

    Create a classroom setting. What do you smell? Hear? Maybe even taste? Don't tell the grade--instead show it.

    Donna
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    Monday, December 11, 2006

    Mistaken Identity

    Have you ever called to someone in a crowd and then realized it wasn't the person you thought it was? Write a scene where mistaken identity evolves into a relationship.

    Donna
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    Sunday, December 10, 2006

    The Interview

    Develop a character that's after a job. Include the following:

  • a scent
  • papers scattering across the floor
  • an unusual sound

    Have fun with this one!

    Donna
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  • Saturday, December 09, 2006

    Going For a Ride

    This is a reasearch prompt. Look up one of the following modes of transportation and learn enough detail to take a character for a ride.

  • motor bike sidecar
  • sports car from 1935
  • pullman train
  • covered wagon

    Donna
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  • Friday, December 08, 2006

    Comfort Food

    We all hear about it. Most of us even turn to it during times of stress. But, not everyone finds comfort in the same foods. Develop a scene describing the perfect comfort food.

    Donna
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    Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Like the Wind

    At a recent writers group meeting, we discussed the incorporation of description in writing. What's the right amount and when is it necessary?

    I recommended "The Sky" exercise from Pumping Your Muse which offers promps that train us to practice writing description in one sentence.

    Today's Prompt:

    Show the wind in one sentence (each) using the following items.

  • dry leaves
  • long grass
  • snow
  • water

    Donna
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  • Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Breaking the News

    Create a scene with two or more characters. One or two of these characters has news to share with the others. Is it good news or bad? Develop the exchange between characters. If you're looking for a springboard for your ideas consider these:

    Someone is:

  • in the hospital
  • moving
  • going to have a baby
  • promoted

    Donna
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  • Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    Take Over

    Write two scenes involving the same character. Here's the twist. Take over the character's mind for the second scene and place them in the same circumstances but acting opposite the first scene.

    Prompts to include:

  • Unexpected visitor
  • Fire
  • Storm blowing in

    Donna
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  • Monday, December 04, 2006

    Bathrobe

    Write a scene involving a bathrobe and one or more of the following:

  • rose petals
  • a pipe
  • newspaper
  • sticky lock
  • big toe

    Choose a piece you've already written. Polish it up and submit.

    Donna
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  • Saturday, December 02, 2006

    Submitting Your Work

    I know it's not easy for new writers to let go of your writing and send it into the cold world of publishing, but if you don't you'll never see your name as a by line. Today's prompt is a bit different. I challenge you to send in the piece you've shown to friend or family. If you're looking for a market, contact me and I'll see if I can help. I read Sharon Hurley's Get Paid to Write blog and I thought of all the people I know who love to write but never submit. Don't let fear of rejection stop you from submitting. It's part of life as a writer.

    Today's Writing Prompt:

    Choose a piece you've already written. Polish it up and submit.

    Donna
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    Friday, December 01, 2006

    Choose the Rules

    Pick three rules from the following list and develop a scene:

  • Only one character speaks
  • In the dark
  • 4 objects start with the same letter
  • Write in third person
  • No adjectives
  • No adverbs
  • The antagonist is dead.

    Donna
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