2 Playful Holiday Writing Prompts to Challenge and Inspire You

2 Playful Holiday Writing Prompts to Challenge and Inspire You

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, children’s winter concerts, filling our schedules to the brim, visiting with family, eating too much, and drinking more than we should. With all of that going on, it can be difficult to stick to our writing regimen.

When we are tired, inspiration feels like a mirage. We feel as though it is just a little bit ahead of us, but with each step we take, it takes a step away. Writing during the holidays can be tough.

Sometimes, the thing we need to get our juices going is a writing challenge.

How to Write a Character Portrait: 4 Steps to Better Understand Characters

How to Write a Character Portrait: 4 Steps to Better Understand Characters

Whether you’re writing a novel, a memoir, or even painting a portrait, it’s important to understand who you’re writing about. 

Creating a character portrait is a characterization technique used by writers like Cheryl Strayed, Marcel Proust, and others to better understand your characters.

In this post, you’ll learn exactly what character portraits, how to create one of your own, and how to get the most out of them in your writing.

Characterization: 6 Revealing Prompts to Know Your Character Better

Characterization: 6 Revealing Prompts to Know Your Character Better

Here’s the underlying principle: your characters are people. People are complicated; I suspect you might know a few. Characters are much the same way. Your reader will relate to them if they behave like people, and for characters to behave like people, they need to be built like people.

You need to know your characters like you do other humans, and these six prompts will help you pull that off.

What Not to Do When NaNoWriMo Ends

What Not to Do When NaNoWriMo Ends

Writers across the globe spent a frenzied month neglecting their laundry, sneaking writing time at lunch, and compulsively checking their word counts. Whether you won, lost, or didn’t participate at all, here’s what NOT to do the day after NaNoWriMo ends.