Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Today's the last day to enter the Buzz Roar Publishing Sci-fi writing contest. I don't often include writing contests, but since this one is based on writing prompts I couldn't refuse. So here's you prompts for the day courtesy of Buzz Roar Publishing:


1) I'd never seen him/her in so much pain.
2) The dumb thing doesn't work.
3) What color is the sky today?

Current Contest Rules:

a) Word count limit: 2,500 words.

b) At least one of the listed prompts must be used in the story as either narrative or dialogue.

c) Contest CLOSES September 30th, 2015 at 12 a.m. EST.

d) Winner/honorable mentions will be announced on October 15th, 2015.

e) No entry fee required.

f) Winner receives $50 and chance at publication as audio podcast on REDSHIFT

For more information visit their website.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Writing a Scene with Movement

Movement is the magical element that makes your scene come to life. Think about the times you've skimmed long descriptive passages, not because they aren't well written but because they don't move the story along. Movement helps show the story unfolding. A good example, is the Men in Black movie that starts out with a bug flying through the air. We follow that bug through the introduction until it splats on the screen of a moving vehicle.

Pumping Your Muse Prompt:
Showing movement in writing takes practice just like any aspect of the craft. For today's prompt we'll use a video I shot this morning on my front porch of hummingbirds visiting one of my hummingbird feeders. They provide plenty of movement, and your challenge is to write a paragraph -- a short scene of what you're seeing. Select strong verbs that create an image in the readers mind. For instance instead of using the verb "move" you can choose dart or dance to paint a clearer image on that mental canvas.
Have fun! Be creative! Add some dialog.