Jump-Start Your Imagination with Story Starter First Lines

One way to fire up your imagination? Creative writing exercises focused on the first line of a story. Below is a list of first lines for you to use to hone your storytelling and writing skills.

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Just Look Around: Ideas are Everywhere

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. –Orson Scott Card When I speak about writing, one question I always get asked is “Where do you get your ideas?” Listeners lean […]

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Creative Writing Prompts—Go Beyond “What I did on my Summer Vacation”

  We’re in mid-summer, and I don’t know about you, but I always get ideas when I’m on vacation! The idea for my second book, Jasper Mountain, came from visiting a friend in Arizona. We went to Jerome, a ghost-haunted-mining-town-turned-hippy-artsy-motorcycle-spot and wow, did the ideas flow. How could they do […]

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Memories as Writing Prompts

Last Monday, Kathy Steffen posted on using significant objects as writing prompts. Today, I thought we’d take that a bit further and use objects from our past and our memories around those objects as writing prompts. Last weekend I was going into the grocery store with my son. Standing outside […]

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Creative Writing Prompts: Find Your Character Through Their Profession

What your character does is an important piece of who he or she is. Below are some writing prompts to help you dig into your character and find your story through your character.

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