Creative Writing Prompts: Start with a Setting

The DaVinci Code begins with a murder in the Louvre. The story of Sarah’s Key had to take place in France. In the case of Water for Elephants, the setting—a circus—moves with the story but is a complete world nonetheless. A setting does more than add interest. If your story […]

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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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The #1 Way to Get Inspired!

New Year’s Resolutions? Goals? I know, I’ve heard all the “goals aren’t good” and “resolutions set you up to fail” and wondered why I enjoy making them so much. In an earlier post wrote about goal setting in terms of making them into dreams (see Dreaming Wide Awake), which for me […]

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Fear as a Writing Prompt? ‘Tis the Season!

One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I loved planning who I would morph into for the day. Would I be a cowgirl, a sleeping princess, a witch? I also loved haunted houses and ghost stories, and reveled in the day I was terrified at every turn—but knew deep down […]

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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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