What’s going on here? What is she taking a picture of, and why is she crying? Challenges: (Do one) Write from the point of view of someone other than the girl. Do not use flashback Write no more than 500 words
Prompt: Your character is often covered in bruises, and their family thinks their partner is abusing them. But that’s not where the wounds are coming from. What causes them, and how does the family learn the truth? Challenges (Use at least one): Write in the point of view of a child — perhaps a niece … More Weekend Writing: 11-14-2015/11-15-2015
Warnings: talk about racism, homophobia, sexism, slurs, abuse, and rape. 1. They’re too perfect A good example for this would actually be Superman. This might be surprising, given that he is, by and large, well liked, or he certainly seems to be. However, in my many discussions with fellow comic book fans, he tends to … More Self Damnation: The Top 7 Things that Make a Reader Hate your Protagonist
Writers and artists, it seems, receive more outside advice on their craft than any other sort. From suggestions on ideas for a story to tiny things they liked or didn’t like in our last works, people are more willing to give their two cents to us than to a street beggar. Some of it is … More Don’t Say Said: The Five Stupidest Bits of Advice People Give Writers
When we are in school, we are taught how to write reports and business letters, what words to avoid to keep emotion out of our work, and how to make what we want to say as clear as possible in the shortest sentences we can. When it comes to fiction writing, almost all of these … More Classy Casual: How to Keep Your Writing from Sounding Too Formal
Write a short story or poem about someone looking around a house. The catch? Your character isn’t actually there. Challenges (Do at least one): Write it without using the words walls, desk, bed, door, couch/sofa, sink, or any typical room names: bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, etc. Write the entire thing via dialogue Write no … More Weekend Writing: 11-7-15/11-8-15
When the fuck is it okay to fucking swear in my fucking writing!? And when is it just a little too much? The choice to swear or not depends on a lot of things: when it happens in the writing, what style of writing it is, who is your audience, and what the intended feel … More Self Censorship: When is it Okay to Swear in Writing?
In a world of one minute ads, one letter texts, and 140 character comments on life, it’s hard to keep your reader’s attention for longer than it takes for their next youtube video to buffer, and these words aren’t helping. Removing them won’t just make you sound more professional and make your writing more clear, … More Alt+f, Delete: The Top Words and Phrases to Remove from your Writing