Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 days of Christmas Writing Prompts

Imagine 12 days of Nothing but writing! What a gift that would be. Why not gift yourself a little more time for writing in the  New Year?
Here is to 2015 and countless hours of writing and creative activity!




For your 12th day, why not set some writing goals for yourself? Include the time you will spend each week and some product goals. Will you have a novel draft at this same time next year? A new screenplay or two? A collection of poems? Or will you have just written enough to be happy with your writing self?
Set some goals and give yourself the gift of writing!
Happy holidays, everyone!

Don

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts!) Day 11

Merry Christmas Eve!! 



For today's prompt, let's play with a little magic. Remember that Magic the holidays once held for you as a child? Bring it back for a character. A mystery package has arrived. What is inside? Who is it from? What can a gift reveal your character? And how might a little holiday magic for your character be a gift to you?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts) Day 10

Yeah, yeah, yeah. My true love gave me some lousy writing prompts...I get it. Who cares? Why did I sign up for this mess of crafting twelve writing prompts for free? Who needs writing prompts anyway?!

Oh well, Merry Christmas!

Here is day ten, for you crazy writing enthusiasts!


Today let's slow it down. Too often we rush the best parts. Sit down with your character. Just you and your main character (or a character that you want to know better) and have a pint of beer, a martini, or a cup of coffee with her. Ask whatever questions you want, describe the character's every detail you see, and --as if you were a journalist-- ask some hard questions and then just sit back and listen and record. What you learn might surprise you!

(To "holiday" this up add a little spiced rum or brandy to the eggnog!)

Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts) Day 9

On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Another writing prompt!!

For this 9th prompt, let's try a prompt I use in my "Conflicted Characters" workshop. Imagine a restaurant scene with a character you're working with and stick with her from the order to paying the bill, for fun, to see what how your character deals with conflict, have the waiter deliver the wrong order. 
(To add a holiday element, just have scene around the holiday...how does your character deal with the season and words/tips exchanged?)


Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts!)

For the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...



Yet another writing prompt!

Lights Out!
What would your holiday be like without lights. Not just Christmas lights, but any electricity. How might your holiday (or your character's holiday) be different, perhaps simpler or more difficult?


Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts) Day 7

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 7 writing prompts!!


Here is day 7:

When was the last time you wrote a letter to Santa? Do it now. Write your Santa letter! (Did you know all the Santa letters that get mailed are delivered to North Pole, Alaska? I once answered Santa letters for a volunteer project in college.) 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Twelve Days of Writing Prompts for Christmas!

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. 12 free writing prompts!

Here is day 6:

Let's try a little non-fiction today. What the best gift you ever received for the holidays and why? What about the worst? What was the best gift you ever gave? And finally, if you could give one person anything, who would you choose and what would the gift be?