Category Archives: Practical Prompts

Practical Prompt 8-23-17

Today we’ll continue looking into our characters’ pasts. Are your characters lying to themselves about something? If so, what are the lies? Are your characters afraid of other people learning about their pasts?

Practical Prompt 8-16-17

Last week you began a deep dive into your characters pasts, this week lets keep exploring. Ask yourself what was the most traumatic event that happened to your characters before the story began. How did they act at the time of the trauma? How long ago was the trauma? How does the event still affect them today?

Practical Prompt 8-9-17

Over the next month we’re going to delve more into your characters’ backstories and the past events that shaped the characters’ motivations, personalities and sense of morality. The things that your characters experienced in their lives before your story begins will affect how they act throughout your story.

To start, ask yourself whether or not your characters like themselves. What happened in their pasts that led them dislike or like who they are now?

Practical Prompt 8-2-17

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

If you’re struggling with a scene and writing in the third person, try writing from a first person perspective or vice versa. That change in perspective may be enough to get you going.

Practical Prompt 7-26-17

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

If you are in the early plotting/outlining stage of your story, try switching up the genders of your main characters. Maybe your first impulse was to make the bad guy a guy, but does he have to be? Ask yourself how it would change the story if you made him a her, or vice versa, and whether or not that’s a better approach.