Freewriting

Write Anything Wednesday #36

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will start to shine.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Write a short ghost story. What elements do you think are crucial for this type of story?
  • Have one of your characters make a list. Anything from a list of targets to a packing list. Maybe a list of all the places they have been or want to go. How about one of all the people who failed to kill them? Perhaps a record of each time they have died and been resurrected or reborn. Make it as detailed (or not) as you like.
  • You meet someone mysterious who says their name is October. What happens next?

Happy writing!

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Write Anything Wednesday #27

Sorry I’m late! Ironically, being late, either myself or others, is a huge pet peeve of mine.

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Write about a pet peeve. Even better write a scene where You do the thing that annoys you the most.
  • Write a scene where you and one of your characters have a conversation. In the scene you find out the character doesn’t like you very much.
  • Do a flash fiction piece. (This is what I’m doing today)

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #26

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Why do you write in your particular genre? Do you write in more than one?
  • Write something not in your genre. It doesn’t have to be long. Either a flash fiction or just a scene. Use a genre you think would be hard to write for an extra challenge.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #25

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Get your character (who is the least likely to imbibe) roaring drunk
  • Take your most arrogant character and have something embarrassing happen to him/her.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #24

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • I recently saw an article titled: It’s Raining Spiders In Australia. What would you do if this happened in your hometown?
  • Make up a villain, who has your personality, and write a scene or even a story about them.
  • Describe pain.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #23

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Write a piece about your favorite excuse not to write.
  • Your muse becomes a person for one day. Write what happens.
  • Instead of “It was a dark and stormy night,” start a short story with: “It was a bright, clear morning.”

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #22

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Take a novel that you think was bad but could have been good and fix it. Not the entire thing, unless you’re so inclined.
  • In honor of all the rain in west Texas, write a piece about a flood.
  • Use the picture below. Imagine you’re the raindrop hitting the man’s hand. Tell the story of your destruction/evolution/destiny/whatever you come up with. Be sure to click the picture, it’s even cooler up close.

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Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #21

It’s Wednesday, you know what to do. Write something. An outline, a paragraph, a list. If you have time, write a short story or a few scenes. Revision counts. A blog post, or even better, write a few posts to save for times when you’re so busy you don’t have time to write. Do ten minute sprints. You might be surprised at how much you get accomplished.

Change up your routine if you normally write every day. Go outside, or to a coffee shop. If you normally use a computer, grab a journal or notepad and see if inspiration hits, and vise versa.

TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI!! Don’t worry about emails or Facebook or Twitter or anything else. All that matters is writing.

The important thing is to write. Make it a weekly don’t-mess-with-my-writing-time thing. If not today, then pick a day that works for you.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Since you’ve wisely turned off your ability to access social networks, now would be a good time to write a piece about why you can’t seem to get away from Twitter/Facebook/etc. Perhaps a persuasive argument on why social networks are important for writers.
  • Why do you blog, or if you don’t blog, why do you write? What do you get out of it?
  • Use the picture. What on earth is that?

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Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #18

Today you are going to write something, anything. Do some flash fiction or a short story if you have time. Free-write if your time is limited. If you lean towards poetry, write a new one, or polish up an older one. Make an outline or character sketch. If you only write for blogs, then write a few for your backlog so you always have something to post when life gets too crazy. Take advantage of lulls to get your writing in.

I know not everyone has the time to write every day. Hopefully you can find time to write at least once a week. Why not Wednesday? If you’re too busy today, try another day of the week. Pick a day that you have the least to do and set aside some time, maybe an hour, and write something. Anything at all. A paragraph written is more than you had before, right? If you make it a weekly thing then it becomes part of your schedule and you will always get some writing in.

If you don’t have a dedicated amount of time, my advice is as you can, make a list of the things you want to write about. If you’re like me, ideas pop up randomly. Write them down, every time. Then you can come back to it later and not have to worry about forgetting.

If you already write every day then maybe Wednesday can be set aside for specific projects. For example, today could be used for flash fiction if you are working on a novel the rest of the week. Perhaps it’s a good day to get out of the house and write somewhere new.

If you would like to use a prompt:

  • I only have one prompt today. Write a couple of paragraphs about what you do to get yourself writing when you don’t want to. You know what I mean, when you don’t feel like it, or your sick or life is busy or when you’re not feeling inspired. Feel free to share any tips here, or better yet, make it a blog post and link it. I’d love to see what other writers out there do when in a slump.

Happy writing!

I Don’t Feel Like Writing Today

As the title states, I don’t feel like writing today. I could give you a ton excuses/reasons why:

  1. I don’t feel good.
  2. I’m having a massive reaction/adjustment to allergy medicine.
  3. I didn’t sleep last night.
  4. I’m grumpy.
  5. I can hardly concentrate.
  6. My daughter is home sick and the TV is LOUD!
  7. Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda.

As a writer who actually wants to be successful and takes the job seriously, there is only one answer I could give myself to the list above. I’m going to write.

So I feel crappy, so do thousands of other people who are at work right now. Sleep deprivation? Well that tends to come with the territory so I might as well strike if from the excuse list. Grumpy? I’m a typical redhead, I’ll get over it soon. Concentration issues? Well that’s been an issue for years, since I quit smoking, so I already know how to handle that. The allergy thing is in its final stages and quite frankly I’m tired of it controlling my life so I’ll fight through all that. As for my kid being sick, she’s fourteen and fully capable of calling out if she needs something. The TV however, is going to be turned down!

I’m treating this blog post (and two others I scheduled) as a warm up, a lot like I do for my Saturday six-minute thing. I have too much to do to sit here and feel sorry for myself because I don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve already wasted the morning away watching Buffy sing and reading nonsense online.

So, wish me luck. I intend to finish a lesson of my writing class and write a flash fiction piece or two. If I’m lucky I’ll get a couple of chapters of my WIP written.


Sidenote: Flash fiction stories are what I’m writing for Camp Nanowrimo this year, so that is two goals in one for the day.