“The best writing has no lace on its sleeves.” -Walt Whitman
As promised, I’ve rounded up all of the daily writing prompts (including links to books I mention) that I posted last week here for you to have them all in one place. Click here to see the prompts from the week before last.
Good morning and happy Monday! There are so many unanswerable questions these days. This had me thinking about a prompt from my one of my favorite writers, Amy Hempel:
Write two pages of questions. Every line should be a question.
Don’t worry about these questions connecting to one another, about making sense. Just keep writing for at least ten minutes and see what you end up with. Could be a story or perhaps one of these questions becomes the first line of a new story or poem. She recommended Mary Robson’s book Why Did I Ever or The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? by Padgett Powell as inspirations.
Today’s WRITING PROMPT is for those who’d like to experiment with Magical Realism. As Kelly Link says, “In a story, something happens to someone. Or someone does something. That something can be “real” or else it can be “unreal”. It can be both at the same time, which is my preference.
Make a list of regular items or topics or worries and slip in one that doesn’t belong–something unworldly or unreal–then use that anomaly and keep going. Imagine a scene where it’s spoken about as if it’s real. See where this takes you…
Today’s WRITING PROMPT from our Romance Writing instructor, Libby Waterford:
Enforced proximity is a tried-and-true romance trope (trapped in a cabin during a blizzard, anyone?) and in these times, it’s taken on new meaning. What if two strangers were trapped in quarantine together–fourteen days of steadily building chemistry? Or what if this is the most time your once madly in love characters have spent together in years? Might they rekindle their love while cut off from the rest of the world? Romance can bloom in unexpected places. Happy blooming! 🌷 Learn more tropes and ideas from Libby on Friday mornings in Romance Writing, beginning April 17th:
In a recent podcast interview, Stuart O’Nan shared the following WRITING PROMPTS:
1. Who are the five people closest to you in your life? What about your relationship do you wish you could change? Can apply this to fictional characters too
2. Name five places you go to every single week
3. Name five people that you know by name but don’t really know
Choose one of these to either develop into a personal essay or a new short story!
Today’s WRITING PROMPT focuses on scene writing and is taken from Sandra Scofield’s book The Scene Book: A Primer For The Fiction Writer:
Write a scene in which there is an imbalance of power between characters, but the weaker person will not accept it. How is the resistance expressed? Does it result in a change in the balance? In the relationship? Are things worsened? Remember, you can have more than two people in a scene!