One of my go-to writing warm-ups is to write a story inspired by three random words. This week, I was needing a bit of a break from query letter & synopsis writing, and I didn’t have enough time to dive into rewrites of book 2 of my series. But I needed a fiction fix. I tend to go through withdrawal symptoms when I spend too much time away from writing fiction. It’s really not a pretty sight, so I’ll spare you the details.
Anywho . . . I wrote a little story inspired by three random words one of my middle school writing students gave me. Enjoy!
Setting intentions is a powerful tool for helping us achieve writerly happiness and fulfillment. They provide us with insight to our writer self’s values, aspirations, and purpose. Our intentions allow us to live in the present moment while still aiming toward new achievements. Setting an intention is one step toward our goal. The intention, because it’s something that comes from our heart or mind, will satisfy and fulfill us as we continue our journey toward our goal.
What is an intention?
An intention is an actionable step toward a writing goal. You can have one or many throughout the day. You can repeat intentions or you can mix them up depending on your targeted goals. An intention can be purely spiritual (boosting self-confidence), it can be related to productivity (aiming for a specific daily word count), or it can be about anything you need to accomplish.
An intention should be directly related to a specific writing goal you want to attain. For example . . . [READ MORE]
A story hook is necessary in all forms of writing. Blog posts, news articles, short stories, novels, and letters to Santa. A hook is all about the “Story Question.” The author poses a story question, and it has to be enticing and compelling enough for readers to want to know the answer.
Readers turn pages because they want to scratch an itch—even if it takes them three hundred pages to do it. Even if it’s a quick checklist on how to more easefully run errands with a toddler—a writer’s job is to instigate an itch!
Read my latest post to learn what it takes to get that itch going in a reader so that they want to know the answer!
Have a writerly day!
Have you had a chance to read my guest post on Well-Storied about my top tips on busting through writer’s block?
This is one of the areas of creative writing mindset that I have successfully tackled in recent years, and I learned A LOT!
Did you know there are different kinds of writer’s blocks? Did you also know that writer’s block can be a misnomer and make us think we have it when we really don’t? Yeah, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Hop on over to the blog to read a few of my top tips and download my free guide to help you conquer writer’s block at the story development stage.
If you’re struggling with time management or productivity, take back your control by starting with writing something every day. The key word is “something” — as generic a word that is.
Something could be a journal entry, a poem, a dream, a blog post, a conversation overheard in the coffee shop, a letter to your grandmother, a short story, a memory, a character sketch, captions to summer photos, setting, exchange of dialogue, a chapter to your novel, your author profile, an epilogue, back cover blurb, news article, commenting on an author’s blog/website, a travelogue, a prayer, a wish list to Santa.
By writing something every day you are establishing a writing habit–which helps you manage your time. A writing habit will allow you to . . .