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?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Days of Christmas (Writing Prompts!) Day Six!

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Six writing prompts!

Write furiously for five or ten minutes on the following:
Your character finds a wrapped present / package sitting at his/her front door. There is no return address or label. And inside is something mysterious and old. Set up the scene. Show the house, the front door, the package, and take us through the process of discovery. Go! Write like mad!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Writing Prompts (Day 5)


 Day 5 of Don's Christmas Prompts

Celebrate the Holidays with 12 Writiing Prompts!


Nothing fuels a good story like a missed opportunity for love or the romance that never had the opportunity to flower. Imagine the character you're working with encountering his/her true love, but the circumstance of their meeting precludes them from having meaningful communication. Create the scene. Listen to the two talk around the topic. Let body language and/or the unspoken words reveal the tension.  
For the holiday seasonal element please do not add mistletoe! (Avoid the holiday  cheesy!!)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Writing Prompts (Day 4)

12 Days of Christmas Writing Prompts

 Day 4 of Don's Christmas Prompts

Celebrate the Holidays with 12 Writiing Prompts!
Here you go!

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 4 writing prompts!

The Greek root of dialog is "through" (dia) "meaning" (logos). We can delve into the meaning of our stories and the the heart of the conflict within our characters through dialog. This prompt is aimed at helping you listen to your characters. 

Imagine your character meeting a stranger on the street, in a store, or in the woods (any location). The person says, " I can see you are..." Now let the two speak, and you the writer only listen to them and record the conversation. Trust that this stranger will see something in your character that you did not. Dialog: through meaning. 

To holiday this prompt up, have the stranger looking like a dedraggled Santa.