3 Writing Prompts to Tap Into Your Creative Well

3 Writing Prompts to Get Your Creativity Flowing

Sometimes the hardest part about writing is coming up with the initial story idea. Once the spark of creativity is lit, the story will flow. All it takes to get moving is a strong title, inspiring image, or moving concept.

Creativity is like a muscle. If you haven’t used it in a while, it can become stiff and sore when you try to work it out. With the holidays in full force, between my full-time job, my children’s activities, and the various family get-togethers finding time to write can become difficult. I’ll get a thirty-minute window to write, sit down to type out a story, and waste all my time trying to figure out what to say.

Writing prompts are wonderful tools to get the words flowing. Today we are going to look at three tools you can use to get your creative juices going.

4 Essential Mind Tricks for Writing to Persuade

The Persuasive Essay: 4 Essential Mind Tricks for Writing to Persuade

Ever have a point you desperately need to make, or a rant you have to pen or you might explode, or an issue you feel is so important you must enter the battlefield of ideas and fight for your side? Whether we write fiction, poetry, or narrative essays, this is true of every writer.

At some point, a topic will come along that you cannot remain silent about. But when that time comes, will you be ready to speak out? Do you know the tools of persuasion?

3 Scenes That Will Boost Your NaNoWriMo Word Count

3 Scenes That Will Boost Your NaNoWriMo Word Count

As you sit down today to write are you filled with a sense of dread? We’ve come through the first weekend of NaNoWriMo. This is where I always fall behind in my word count.

I never get as much done over the weekends that I think I will. I tell myself, “This weekend I will catch up. I’ll spend a few extra hours, knuckle down, and catch up to my word count.”

But then my wife tells me about some obligation I neglected to notice on the calendar, or my kids need to be driven places I didn’t foresee, or things break in the house that need to be fixed, and I look up on Sunday and all my writing time is gone, and I’m farther behind than I was before the weekend began.

If that’s you, don’t panic! All is not lost. Many of us have been where you are. There is hope.

How to Plot Your Storyline for NaNoWriMo

How to Plot Your Storyline for NaNoWriMo

The first time I took up the NaNoWriMo challenge, I lost my first two days staring at a blank scene. I’d write a paragraph and then delete it. I’d get a couple sentences into a chapter and then change my mind. My writing was a disappointing mess.

By the third day, I was already so far behind my goal, I realized I was never going to catch up. I stuck it out for two more weeks, but then, discouraged and frustrated, I quit.

The second time I tried the NaNoWriMo challenge, my experience was different.

One preparation secret made all the difference in helping me start off on the right foot and actually finish my book.

How to Use Political Debate to Write Dialogue That Sings

How to Use Political Debate to Write Dialogue That Sings

If you live in the United States, there is a good chance your television was tuned in to the Presidential debate on Sunday night.

Regardless of your politics, the conversation likely brought a cocktail of anxiety and frustration mixed with joy and elation. At one second you felt the warmth brought by the anticipation of victory and then, suddenly, the dull pain of possible defeat.

As writers, these are the emotions we want readers to experience when they engage in our stories. We want them to become as emotionally invested as they do with a political debate.

Today, rather than focusing on who won or lost the actual debate, let’s use what we watched as inspiration for our writing.

3 Tricks to Build Suspense and Engage Your Readers

3 Tricks to Build Suspense and Engage Readers

I am addicted to novels I can’t put down, to TV shows I can’t just watch one episode of, to short stories I have to finish, and to movies that keep me guessing until the very end.

I love stories that grip me and demand my attention. I am on an unending hunt for them and for the suspense they make me feel.

As a writer, these are the types of stories I hope to create—stories that pull the reader to the edge of his seat and keep him there until the last page.

Let’s take a look at three tools you can use in your stories to build suspense and keep your readers engaged.

3 Romantic Scenes for Romance Novels and More

3 Romantic Scenes for Romance Novels and More

Every year romance tops the list of the most widely read genres. From Edward and Bella to Harry and Sally to Romeo and Juliette, most of the greatest stories ever told have at their center two people discovering their feelings for one another.

We love tales of characters fighting to find a connection, but before we can flush out a fiery story filled with heat and tension, we need to understand what kind of spark our characters are experiencing.

I’ve experienced three different forms of romantic feeling: infatuation, lust, and love. Each is its own unique kind of fire. When we write romantic relationships between characters, it’s important we know which of these three types of burn they are experiencing.

4 Tips to Find Your Thoughtful Spot and Get Inspired

Inspiration: 4 Tips to Find Your Thoughtful Spot and Get Inspired

Ever sit and stare at the page, unsure what to write? It happens to me at least once a week. You sit down to write and draw a complete blank.

Panic sets in. You worry, “Will I ever think of anything worth writing again.” Your mind screams, “Has the well run dry? Is the journey over? Woe is me; the world is coming to an end!”

Then, I take a deep breath and go to my Thoughtful Spot.

5 Steps to Write Characters that Change

We know our characters must change. From the first word to the last, if our main character isn’t different, then we haven’t written a story people will connect with.

But writing believable character change can be hard. Change doesn’t just happen. It’s not enough to simply flip a switch and make our protagonists different from one scene to the next. Our characters need to evolve slowly.

In today’s post, I’m sharing a system of thinking that helps me build characters that experience believable and realistic change.

How to Build Memorable Monsters

Monster: How to Build Memorable Monsters

They lurk in dark corners of our houses when everyone else is asleep. We see their shadows at the other end of that abandoned alley where the street lamps are broken. They watch us in the woods, close enough to feel but still hidden by the gloom.

I’m talking about monsters. The kind that go bump in the night and leave a chill running up our spines.

When we build terrifying monsters into our stories, they will ingrain themselves in our readers’ minds, making our stories unforgettable.