Writing Prompt Challenge

Approaches to Storycraft

Hey there, Writers!

Swinging through with a special announcement! I’m running a writing prompt challenge this week along with my good friend and excellent writer, Mayumi Hirtzel, author of Number Seven and the Life Left Behind.

The purpose of this challenge is to encourage you to write without fear or pressure to perform. To simply write because you love to write.

But Mayumi and I also want to sweeten the deal with a prize!

The challenge  will run from Tuesday May 26, 2020 to Monday June 1, 2020.  Mayumi came up with two writing prompt options (below). You can submit as many pieces as you like (each one no longer than 250 words) and submit  to any of the following sites:

Here–in the comment section below

FACEBOOK (biz page)

TEAM WRITER (my free writing group)

Instagram

Winners will be drawn randomly—so there is no need to worry about quality of your writing. This is all about encouraging you to write anything, without the pressure of performance. To enjoy the process and the journey!

Winners will be announced on June 2, 2020 through a live name-pulling-out-of-the-hat on IG and FB. I’ll also contact winners directly.

Prizes—each winner will receive 30 minutes of coaching or editing from me. Depending on the needs of each winner, this could take place via Zoom, a phone call, or an email exchange.

There are two prompts that you can choose from. Please submit pieces no longer than 250 words. You may title your submission if you like. You can also enter as many times as you like, using either or both of the prompts!

Ready for the prompts…?

Full sentence prompt: “You’ll never lose if you don’t play. But you’ll never win, either.”

One-word prompt: Jackpot!

You can submit your piece in the comment section below, or at any of the social media links I provided above. Any questions? Just ask below!

Have a writerly day!

Is Your Inciting Incident Strong Enough?

Approaches to Storycraft

The Inciting Incident is the first major turning point of a story, and it usually occurs around the 10% mark. Otherwise known as a Catalyst, this big event must be life-changing for your protagonist. If this turning point is fraught with loopholes, then your protagonist can avoid the Call to Action, and thus remain in their Current World. The story will fizzle out if that happens.

Think of the Inciting Incident as the one-way door from your protagonist’s Current World to their New World. No matter what your protagonist does, they cannot return to the status quo. This event is a game-changer.

Remember, your protagonist will be resistant to change. So any kind of event that gets him thinking he has to change his ways he will avoid like the plague. This is why your Inciting Incident has to be S T R O N G. If your protagonist can kick it to the curb he will, unless …

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Four Ways to Decide if You Should Show or Tell

Approaches to Storycraft

Show, don’t Tell is a common guideline authors hear over and over. But does this mean you should never “tell”? No, of course not, but it does mean we have to figure out the best places in our writing where “telling” is better than “showing” and vice versa.

In this article, I’m going to break down the differences between Show and Tell, why you would choose one over the other, techniques for both, and four ways to decide if you should use Show or Tell in your writing.

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Two Steps to Get to Know Your Story

Approaches to Storycraft

Before you get started writing your book, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the story you want to tell. Now, I will say that this might feel anti-climactic for you spontaneous pantsers out there, but just hear me out.

Knowing the story you want to write does not mean you can’t still dive headfirst into the story world with no plan, no plot, no strategy. I’m not talking about outlining or plotting or anything that will constrain you from freely exploring your ideas.

This particular advice won’t affect your pantsing proclivities, but it will offer you solid footing as you first step into your world. From there, it’s going to be up to you and the process you choose to write the story. Regardless, clarity and focus at the start of your journey can go a long way in helping you stay reasonably on track with your story, thus enhancing your enjoyment.

STEP ONE . . .

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Why a positive creativity mindset is so important

Approaches to Storycraft

A positive creativity mindset is so important because it affects how you’re able to show up to your writer (creative) self, how you allow or disallow creative energy to flow through you, and the state of your creative self.

We hear a lot about obstacles such as writer’s block, “no time to write,” inability to tap into inspiration, struggles to finish a project, etc., and that these kinds of issues are supposedly enough to slow us down or stop us altogether.

As if creativity isn’t a part of you that you actually have control over.

But the truth is that whether you hit writer’s block, struggle with finishing or with time, the root problem is a lack of connection between your real-world and creative selves. Since your creativity is a part of your whole being-ness, you actually have a CHOICE on how you’re going to show up every single day.

In fact, your creativity is such a huge part of your whole being, that when you don’t nurture it you can feel negative side effects in other areas of your real-world self.

Everyone has a creative self.

Some are more tapped into it than others, but everyone is creative in some way. When we feel negative emotions about our creativity (like, thinking we’re not creative), then this limiting belief will play out in our lives, getting us to think we’re not smart, we aren’t good at home décor, we’re bad cooks, we can’t draw, and on and on and on.

When you’re feeling low about your performance in your real world, take a hard look at how . . .

 

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