Reading aloud to supporters charges your batteries.
Many books of writing advice suggest that authors visit public places – Starbucks, a park, outdoor cafes, etc., and write down people’s conversations. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize writers with the indirect nature of speech. People don’t talk in a straight line, and conversations don’t proceed back-and-forth like a tennis match. Famously,…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #16: Fake Conversations
Real pros just write. No artsy nonsense about getting in the zone while being sensitive on a beach and all that claptrap. Right? I’m sure you’ve heard the pro-speak mantra on this front. No star gazing, navel gazing, procrastination or profound doubts. This is work, folks, so face it like a man. (Or woman. Or…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #15: Remember Your Muse
The title for this prompt certainly explains my own life-trajectory, but . . . Just wanted to share with you, and a million thanks to Justin for his amazing, in-depth writing prompts! This prompt is inspired by a well-known torture technique from the Writers of the Future workshops. It probably wasn’t original to Algis Budrys – my…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #14: From Mundane to Insane
The single most important piece of writing advice I have ever received (and frequently give) is that you ought to get into the habit of writing 500 words of new fiction every day of your life. In order to do this, good writing prompts become less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Not…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #6