Live Write: Writing prompts

Here are some writing prompts for your creative writing or just to loosen your thoughts!
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Writing prompts

Think about your character and write about them in the time and place where you have set the story. What do you look like, what do you think? What’s your body language say? Describe your clothes and facial expressions

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Put yourself in a scene of conflict or a situation of conflict — how do you behave? What do you say? What do you look like?

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Take one of your characters and choose a scene and write it from a different point of view then your normally do. See the differences in your character’s voice, what they think, notice and what happens

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Describe a room from your character’s POV not yours — what would be important to your character? Think about the sounds, the smells, the weather? What might they NOT see? Are there particular things that your character may find unsettling or triggering? What about who would be in, or not in the space you choose? What effect may that have on your character?

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Find an object that holds meaning to you, but is probably being out of place to anyone else. Now, write the story about this object — of it’s time — catch the essence so that the why it’s on the shelf or desk ot whatever is understood. If you’re making that up, invent a significant history for your object — was it involved in a crime? Make this a proper story, funny, moving, whatever you want and in whatever style feels right

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This is to get us thinking about the place we put out story because putting it someplace else would make your story totally different, we only have what you tell us and the more you tell us, the more we are there. So re-imagine a scene in your work and think about the question — where am i in all its glory: Imagine you are a patient coming out of a coma: where am I? is followed by, what’s happening? What time is it? Who are these people? What’s going to happen to me now?

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Think about a conversation you have had or one in your manuscript. Now write it, or rewrite it without any setup, without any “he said, :she said”. Write the conversation using only the dialogue. Think about how the words alone can be used to develop the sense of characters — what are the vocal tics? What are the choices of words used? How are you making it clear who is speaking?

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