Archive for August 2012

10 Writing Prompts pt. 16   1 comment

  • Write a story backwards from finish to start.
  • Write a steamy love scene between two characters who are each harboring secret thoughts about breaking up with the other.
  • Write a scene between three characters in which two of the characters are arguing about something they don’t wish the third to know about.
  • Running out of gas can be a nightmare, especially if you are out in the middle of nowhere and come across something a little less than human.
  • Create your own poison! How long does it take to work? What are the symptoms? Is there a cure? Write a short story about how it was discovered or used.
  • A group of teens head off into the woods for a night of hard partying, but one begins to become paranoid that they are being watched.
  • You receive a letter in the mail saying you have won a prestigious award, but when you get to the reception there is a surprise.
  • Create a list of names that you think would make good titles. Use those names to generate some story ideas.
  • Make a list of unusual ways you can kill off a character.
  • Make a list of your favorite scenes and what you like about them, then try to reproduce that feeling in your own scenes.

Posted August 23, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in General Writing

New Page!!!   Leave a comment

Check out the new page of well-known literary awards. Links coming soon!

Posted August 17, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in General Writing

Feedback Questions pt. 2   Leave a comment

Here are some questions you can ask your reviewer to get more direct and usable feedback.

  • Are there any words that you think were used too often?
  • Did you have to reread any part of the story to understand it?
  • Did you feel the author was lecturing to you at any time?
  • Do you think the story would work better as a movie, play, book, poem, etc?
  • What genre do you think this story is?
  • What characters did you feel the most strongly about?
  • Did you have to take a break from reading, and if so at what point?
  • Did you find yourself skipping over any passages because they seemed to long or over-written?
  • Was the main plot clear or needlessly complex?
  • Are there any loose ends or holes in the story?
  • Was there anything that took you out or distracted you from the story?
  • Were there any over used cliches?
  • Were you able to get a clear picture of the locations in the story?
  • Was the bad guy interesting?
  • Was the author overly dramatic at any time?
  • Do you know of anyone else who might be interested in this story?
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