Friday, May 31, 2013

Story Starter Writing Promp

Story starter prompts are a tool used to draw out stories you never knew were in you. This story starter writing prompt is just two sentences. Use it to write a scene or short story. I'd love to hear what direction your writing takes with this one genre wise. Let me know!

Pumping Your Muse Writer's Prompt:

The TV cast an eerie glow in the small living room where Carly stared at the TV. I know that guy!

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Buy Donna Sundblad's book on Kindle: Pumping Your MuseWindwalkerBeyond the Fifth GateThe Inheritance

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lighthouse Story - Create a Lighthouse

Lighthouses create an interesting backdrop for a variety of story types. A lighthouse story can fall anywhere from inspirational, to historical, to horror. For today's writing prompt you'll need to practice your research skills. The challenge is to create a lighthouse. Elements to include:

  • Type of structure: tower, building, or other
  • Setting: Needless to see the lighthouse will be near the water, but what does the setting look like? Smell like? Feel like?
  • For this prompt either focus on the lighthouse itself inside and out, or focus on the outdoor setting to create interest in the lighthouse. 

The goal of this prompt to to evoke a feeling by using strong verbs and visuals.

Photo credit: LadyDragonflyCC
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For those who want to improve their writing, take advantage of a Special Session of F2K: Fiction Writing for the New Millennium for only $10. F2K is the most popular creative writing course on the Internet, and this session offers a free 60-day membership to Writer's Village University. This is where I got my start as a writer, and I highly recommend it.

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Buy Donna Sundblad's book on Kindle: Pumping Your MuseWindwalkerBeyond the Fifth GateThe Inheritance

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Action - Writing a Fight Scene

Writers often draw on personal experience to help bring their writing to life. Fight scenes can be hard to write for those of us who don't have that experience in our personal arsenal. Today's writing prompt is designed to help hone those skills.

In my book Beyond the Fifth Gate I needed more than one fight scene. For me it was a challenge, but I found help from stuntman and actor Teel James Glenn (and writer) who recommended watching a movie fight scene for inspiration. As you watch, feel free to pause the DVD and write out the action. This is one way to develop an understanding of all that's involved in writing action/fight scenes.

Pumping Your Muse Writing Prompt:

For today's writing prompt, watch a movie fight scene. I recommend using a scene that uses skills you what to describe. For instance, if your character will be using a sword, then a sword fight. If a staff, a fight scene that incorporates a staff. Write out the action. Don't be surprised...you'll need to do some research to complete this prompt in order to know what to call moves, weapons, etc. But the final product will make your fight scene come alive.

Photo credit: mikemol

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Buy Donna Sundblad's book on Kindle: Pumping Your MuseWindwalkerBeyond the Fifth GateThe Inheritance

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Create Suspense with Things Unseen

No matter what genre you're writing, a little suspense is a great way to engage your reader. Today's writing prompt challenges you to create suspense by creating something unseen. The challenge is to introduce the element without actually seeing it. This can be done by showing evidence of its existence by using senses other than sight.

Create a suspenseful scene using sounds, smells, and feelings. For instance, if the air turns icy cold a character may suddenly see their breath bloom in a frosty balloon, a strong floral scent in a room could mark the presence of an entity, or the hair on the back of the neck prickling can create suspense. Bring the reader to the edge, make them hungry to know what it is they don't see by providing evidence that it is there.

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For those who want to improve their writing, take advantage of a Special Session of F2K: Fiction Writing for the New Millennium for only $10. F2K is the most popular creative writing course on the Internet, and this session offers a free 60-day membership to Writer's Village University. This is where I got my start as a writer, and I highly recommend it.

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Buy Donna Sundblad's book on Kindle: Pumping Your Muse, Windwalker, Beyond the Fifth Gate, The Inheritance

Monday, May 27, 2013

In Honor of Memorial Day - Photo writing prompt

In honor of Memorial Day, today's writing prompt has a military theme. Write a scene or short story based on this photo.

Photo credits: soldiersmediacenter

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pumping Your Muse Available on Kindle

My world-building book, Pumping Your Muse, has been re-released on Kindle. After my publisher closed their doors almost two years ago, I hadn't decided what I would do. Now, Pumping Your Muse is available in digital format and will be used as the text for a Special Session of F2K: Fiction Writing for the New Millennium. The class starts June 5 and it's only $10. For those of you who want to write fiction, it is a great investment because you also get a three-month trial membership to Writer's Village University.

Along with all that, I plan to pick up this blog again and play with my writer-readers. Look for a steady flow of prompts again!

Happy writing!