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Creative Writing Prompts to Freshen Up Your Writing  

Today’s guest post is by Tal Valante, who inspires writers with writing prompts:

Ever run into the dreaded writer’s block? Well, join the party. Every writer faces dry spells now and again, but as Jack London said, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” And creative writing prompts make an excellent club.

It may seem counterintuitive, to abandon the work you’re stuck with in favor of a frivolous turn of the pen (or keyboard). But trust me, it’s just what the doctor ordered. A good story starter will get your creative juices flowing and help you clear your head. It will make writing fun again, which could be just the thing you need to get past your block. Besides, you can never know what new masterpiece might be born from an innocent prompt. That’s why I love them so much.

Finding Writing Prompts to Inspire You

The Internet offers a plethora of writing prompts, though you might need to sift through them until you strike gold. My private peeve is single-word topics masquerading as a prompt. “Motherhood” simply doesn’t work for me (though it might work for you). Continue Reading…

History as Mystery

We’ve gone over some nifty things about character in the last few weeks. Hopefully by now you have gotten a great glimpse into how to create a complex, driven character. If you missed the posts, take a look and read through them. I’d like to add some more insights about character development today and get you to think about history as mystery.

I mentioned how it’s not all that helpful (or interesting) to spend time creating the outward attributes of your character, for what really shapes a person is their history. I showed how by creating and exploring a character’s past hurt or wound you can determine the way she looks at herself and the world. When your character believes lies about herself and her world because of this hurt, she creates a persona that’s not her true self. And when someone is not their true self, they feel restless, unhappy, and lost. Which spurs them on their journey to find their essence. It’s the place she needs to get to, and her journey through the novel is not just aimed at her reaching her visible plot goal but also her spiritual goal of embracing her essence or who she truly is. Remember the sixties and how we were all about “finding” ourselves? This is the same thing but without the drugs. Continue Reading…