Write On Right Now!: June 2006- Writing Prompts & Exercises to Get You Writing Now!

Write On Right Now!

Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to write. And that would be me. I've moved my journal about my writing life over to LiveJournal http://susanwrites.livejournal.com This blog will be filled with writing prompts and exercises so we can all write on right now! Please feel free to share your favorites.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Picture Prompt - The Bag

What's in the bag? Write on, right now.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Writing Prompt - Illness

Pick a character from your current WIP or dream up a new character but have one in mind before you start. Got it? Okay, your character is sick. Either stomach clutching run to the bathroom sick or curled up on the couch with a bucket sick or in the hospital sick. Someone comes into the room. It could be someone you know or it could be a total stranger. But the new person in the scene doesn't like to be around sick people. In fact, this new character might even be afraid to be around sick people. But for some reason, the two of you have to talk about something.

Write on, right now.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Picture Prompt - Hungry?

This is what you're expected to eat for dinner? Uh oh. What will you
or your character do about this? Write on, right now.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Writing Prompt - At the Airport

You're at the airport waiting for someone to get off the plane. Is it someone you haven't seen for a long time? Someone you have never met in person? Someone you had cross words with the last time you met?

You wait, impatiently perhaps. Perhaps not.

You wait until everyone gets off the plane. You wait until there is no one else left and you are all alone.

What happened?

Write on, right now!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Picture Prompt - The Window

Is she watching for something? Waiting for someone to
arrive or watching after someone has left?

Write on, right now.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Writing Prompt - Showing up Late

You're late. You're very, very late for something important. How do you feel as you are racing to get there? Do you rehearse excuses on the way? What happens when you finally arrive? Write the scene where you actually arrive then write the same scene from another person/character's point of view.

Write on, right now!

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Picture Prompt - The Phone Call

Who just called you? Was it a good call or a bad one?
How did you feel when you said goodbye? Write on right now!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Writing Prompt - Dig a Hole

First, pick your character. Is it someone from a current project or is it someone new? Okay, now get a shovel and dig a hole. Ask your character why he is digging a hole. What will he put in the hole or what might he find as he keeps digging? Try to use all five senses as you write. Remember that digging in sand at the beach will feel and smell differently than digging in mud in your backyard.

Write on right now.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Picture Prompt - The Dog

Who dog is this? Is it yours? Did you stumble upon him while you were out walking? Did he bark at you? Growl? Whimper? Will you leave him here? Write on, right now.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Writing Prompt - The Monster Under Your Bed

Many of us had childhood fears that made falling asleep difficult. (Some of them carry over into adulthood.) My fear wasn't the monster under my bed but rather the one in my ceiling. Think back to being a child, either your own childhood or your character in a current WIP, and write about what make that person afraid to go to sleep at night.

Write on, right now.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Picture Prompt - The House

Who lives here?

Write on, right now!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Writing Prompt - How Hot is it?

Make a list of things that are hot to touch to taste, things that make you feel hot, things that the heat causes.

Pick one that calls to you and write about it.

Write on, right now.

For more on my writing life, check out my other blog, Susan Writes.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Writing Prompt - Poetry Friday/Haiku

Over in the children's literature blogging world a phenomenon called Poetry Friday is building up steam. Children's literature lovers post their favorite poems and discuss the art of poetry. I am going to try and add a poetry exercise here on Fridays.

Since my Poetry Friday post for the day in my other blog is about haiku, today's writing prompt is for you to write a haiku. At its most basic level, haiki is comprised of three lines, 5-7-5 syllables. Think images. Think emotions. Think nature.

Look out the window and pause to reflect a moment on whatever bit of nature you can see. If you are in an office building, look up at the sky and the clouds. Now, close your eyes and try to recall that same image. Now, write a haiku about it.

Write on, right now.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Writing prompt - Do overs

Make a list of anything you wish you could "do over" from the past. Want to catch the winning touchdown? Win first prize in a contest? Get a particular job or know just the right thing to say to that bully back in the third grade? Now's your chance. First write a scene that details the facts as the event actually unfolder. Then write a scene in which the outcome of something in your past is different than what really happened.

Write on, right now.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Picture Prompt - Fences

Fences can be put up to keep things in or keep things out. Below are three pictures of different kinds of fences. Pick one and write about what it is keeping in or out. You can write from the point of view of what's on the outside, what's on the inside, or even from the point of view of the fence.

Write on, right now!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Writing Prompt - The Power of Persuasion

No matter what kind of writing you do, you are trying to convince someone to see something through your eyes. In fiction, it is the believable character and their motivations for their actions. In non-fiction it is perhaps to sway them to your opinion or convince them of the importance of something that is important to you.

For today's writing prompt, write an ad for a product that doesn't exist - yet. Name the product. Describe it. Convince the reader they need it.

Write on, right now.

For more on my writing life, check out my other blog, Susan Writes.