Tag Archive - writing

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…

Endings that Ruin Your Novel

Have you ever read a great book that carries you all the way to the end, and then the ending is so disappointing you feel cheated? I’ve felt that way many times, and usually it’s because the ending doesn’t fit the theme and story, or the characters behave so contrary to the way they’ve been portrayed that I just don’t believe it. On some occasions the author has been promising certain things, building up my anticipation, but when the moment comes, she breaks her promise and the ending falls flat.

I wonder if authors sometimes write these kinds of endings because they think they will sell more books or add more drama. One book that comes to mind (sorry if this offends anyone) is The Horse Whisperer, which I really did enjoy a lot. The premise and story line were great, the conflict throughout was believable, and the characters were engaging and full-dimensional. That is, until the ending. I suppose Robert Redford (who optioned, starred in, and directed the movie, from what I understand) disliked the ending too, for in the movie he came up with a new ending that really did work and was believable. I’m glad he did. I had one of those moments where I wanted to throw the book across the room while screaming, “Oh come on! You’ve got to be kidding.” Continue Reading…

The Not-So-Long Good-bye

Earlier in the year I covered some tips about creating scenes, and most particularly in discussion about your novel’s first scene. I mentioned that the first scene in your book carries a special burden, and if you’ve been faithfully following this blog, you’ll recall we spent a whopping five months on just your first scene! Now, as we approach the end of this year, with only nine posts to go to wrap up this year-long intensive look at writing the heart of your story, I want to shift from scene endings to ending scenes. Continue Reading…

Page 2 of 10«12345»...Last »