Need some extra writing motivation? Join me in Live Write, an online writing session! Bringing a sense of community straight to your home, these accountability sessions are run on Zoom on Tuesday nights and Friday middays. Set yourself up with a Word document or a pen and some paper, hop on to Zoom, and join in for a 25 minute writing session. Want to join in the fun? Just contact me for details.
Here are some of the writing prompts that I have given in our past Live Write sessions, feel free to use them yourself and see how you go!
- 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.
- 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?
- Take one of your characters and choose a scene and write it from a different point of view then you normally do. See the differences in your character’s voice, what they think, notice and what happens
- 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 affect may that have on your character?
- Take your character out to dinner. Choose 2 characters and have them go out to dinner together and see how they react, how they connect together out of context — do they surprise you? Do they get along as expected?
- Take the climax of your scene (or if you’re feeling really bold your story!) and move it right up to the front. Begin where you thought you had to end and now start writing. You’ve hooked your reader, now what? Now you need to restructure and write yourself towards that ending, or to a new ending …
- Have something go missing. That something could be super important (like a briefcase full of money). Or it could be seemingly, though not necessarily, innocuous (like an old flash drive or pair of shoes). And yes, the “thing” that goes missing could actually be a person.