Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Seven

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

I’m so excited! My boyfriend is coming to town. He’s been living in Minneapolis for a while. I can’t wait for him to see my new place. Unpacking and organizing things has been leaving me exhausted lately. (Depression also plays a hand in that but that’s a less body-aching kind of tired.) His visit gave me a bit more push to get me through some big tasks though. I’m finally in bed and my feet are asking me why I’ve been so cruel to them. It will be worth it to show him all the progress I’ve made though. It’s left me thinking about what would motivate my characters to push themselves just a little bit further when they’re already like bone-deep tired.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about your character pushing past exhaustion to achieve something they weren’t sure they could complete. What gave them the strength or motivation to reach their goal even though their energy was waning?

Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Six

Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,

As I’ve been talking about for the past couple of weeks, I’m in the process of moving. It has felt like a much longer process than I wanted it to be. But I think it will be a good change. The book series I’ve been reading reminded me there are a lot of reasons to relocate. Moving your character can be a great way to cause drama in your story. Living situations can be a good way to play up a trope—for example, the “falling in love with your roommate” romance storyline.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your character has to leave their current home. Do they want to leave or are they being forced out?

Thought-Provoking Thursday Week Five

Hello Fans, Friends, and Fellows

I don’t usually work on multiple projects. I’m trying it now with writing the weekly episodes of Shadow-Blessed and working on Sun-Blessed. These past couple weeks I’ve been on the struggle bus in terms of writing productivity. I’m wondering if anyone has any tips for keeping themselves on track while working on multiple projects. Let me know in the comments.

Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your character has to juggle multiple interests. Do the struggle with it or have they found balance? Do they have to prioritize one thing and ignore the others?

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.