Category Archives: Practical Prompts

Practical Prompt 7-12-17

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.

Every character, not just your protagonist, needs goals.  Whether those goals are big—destroy the enemy—or small, like walking down a school hallway without getting noticed, your scene will fall flat if your protagonist’s goals don’t conflict with those of another character.  With that in mind, take a few moments before you start writing on your next scene to make sure you know what each character wants and why the character wants it. Then compare and contrast each character’s goals to those of the other characters in the scene. If the goals don’t conflict, tweak them until they do.

Practical Prompt 7-5-17

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.

Repeating similar actions or circumstances throughout a story can bolster thematic resonance and give greater significance to the action. However, each iteration should accomplish a different story goal. Try mirroring a particular action that you use in the climax earlier in story.

Practical Prompt 6-28-17

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.

Take a paragraph you’ve written and circle all the adjectives and adverbs. Then, revise the paragraph by finding stronger nouns and verbs whose meanings make modifying words unnecessary. For example, replace “spoke quietly” with “murmured” or “young child” with “toddler.”

Practical Prompt 6-21-17

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.

Books need characters, but too many can confuse your reader and detract from the story. With that in mind, take a look at your secondary characters and ask yourself whether each is really necessary for the plot. Eliminate those that aren’t essential. If you have several minor characters that each play tiny, but crucial roles, try combing them into one character to streamline your story.

Practical Prompt 6-14-17

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.

Look through your manuscript for words that you overuse. Replace them with synonyms or rewrite the sentences so that you no longer need those words.