For my fellow writers: pump your imagery in 10 minutes

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It’s hard to find good creative writing prompts. Most of the ones I’ve seen online are too generic and cliched, and don’t actually inspire you towards good writing practices.

“Write about the ‘fickle finger of Fate.’ ” “Write about something ugly–war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.” Bleh.

This one, however, from Method and Madness by Alice LaPlante (p. 69), is a gem for working on imagery. We tend to default to working with visuals only, because these details are the most immediately obvious — but what about all the other ways in which we experience the sensory world? This will help you vividly transport your readers right into the scene.

For best results, I recommend setting a timer for 10 minutes and writing nonstop until it stops — turn your inner editor off!

All set? Good. Here’s the prompt:

…imagine yourself blind and…describe the objects of the world around you without the sense of vision.

Have fun!

NtP out

Becoming PRO-fessional: getting my fiction mojo

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My approach to becoming a professional writer is two-fold:

  1. blogging professionally (duh)
  2. learning to craft literary fiction

I love telling stories, and getting paid to do it would be a nice bonus! Almost three years ago, I got a great start in writing fiction thanks to a great teacher and mentor. I wrote two award-winning short stories (here’s one). Since then, however, I’ve let it languish, and I haven’t produced a single new story.

But that is going to change — and soon. Continue reading “Becoming PRO-fessional: getting my fiction mojo”