Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Four

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

The “enemies to lovers” trope is one of my favorite writing tropes. I feel like I almost always see it go one way: the “hero” brings the “villain” around to the side of good. I’d like to see another version of this trope play out. If anyone knows of a well-written “enemies to lovers” story where the darker half of the pairing brings the lighter half down into the darkness or a version where they don’t change for each other but somehow manage to form a bond, please recommend it in the comments!

Writing Prompt: Write a scene that explores the enemies to lovers trope. What part of the relationship do you find most interesting?

Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Three

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

So you know that moment when you’re writing, and you can’t think of the word you want or maybe just can’t remember how to spell something, or you need to look up one specific fact. Whatever the reason, you open an internet browser, and you look up the thing you wanted, but instead of closing the browser, you get sucked in and waste a bunch of time. This whole time your work in progress is crying because, at this point, it has severe abandonment issues. This crap happens to me all the time.

Half the time, I don’t even realize I’ve lost my flow until it’s too late. (It’s never too late to pick back up writing; I’m just a drama queen.) Anyway, the point of my rambling is I’m trying to break myself of this bad writing habit. So far, I’d committed to using an app called Forest to keep me off my phone and iPad. It is an app meant to keep you from touching your devices for a set amount of minutes. It costs $2.99 on the App Store, but there are free equivalents. (Spending the money motivates me to really commit to using the app.)

Taking my phone and tablet out of the equation only helps so much, though. So I’m looking for other tips that help people focus. If you have a trick that works for you, let me know about it in the comments.

Writing Prompt: Are there any distractions that get to your character every time? Write a piece about your character resisting or otherwise dealing with distractions.

Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Two

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

I recently found out about this great website for editing called Hemingway App. It’s apparently been around for a while but somehow it went under the radar for me till now. If you’ve never heard of it, it is a site that analyzes your writing and points out spelling and grammar mistakes. It also finds passive voice in your prose, which is a particularly big problem for me. I don’t think that it can replace a human editor but it could certainly help you along if you can’t afford to send multiple drafts to an editor. The best part is that it is free! It’s got me wondering though what other cool tools for writers have I been missing? If you have a writing tool that you love tell me about it in the comments.

Writing Prompt: Write about a piece about some technology/innovation that your character keeps for nostalgic reasons despite more advanced tech being more available.

Thought-Provoking Thursday Week One

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

I occasionally have episodes of sleep paralysis. It is scary ass hell. When it passes, I can’t get myself to go right back to sleep. In that initial time of being back in control my brain is still in panic mode and so every horror movie scenario suddenly seems possible. Is there ever a time when even the most irrational things seem possible or even likely for your characters? Take some time to figure out what scares your character or what makes them paranoid. Do they have any control over it? How can you use that for your story?