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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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How to Use Visuals as a Creative Writing Prompt

Add aspects to your writing and story that you don’t yet know exists. Connect your inner world to inspirations from the outer world and see what brilliant “third thing” surfaces for you!

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Creative Writing Prompts: It’s in the Details

One of the best things about the upcoming holiday season is the chance to strengthen the connection with family and friends. What more perfect time to get people talking and write down some of the details of their lives that shouldn’t be lost? Ask, listen, record, and then write.

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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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“Write What You Know” for the Freelance Writing Market

If you’ve been writing at all in the past century, you’ve probably heard this advice more than a few times, and it applies to every kind of writing.  In fiction, it’s easier to set up a world you’re familiar with than one you have to either research or create.  In […]

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