Category Archives: Practical Prompts

Practical Prompt 11-15-17

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.

You don’t have to be writing a comedy to incorporate humor into your manuscript. In rough situations, people will often crack a joke to ease the tension. For this week’s practical prompt, try adding a little humor here and there into the scene your currently working on.

Practical Prompt 11-8-17

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.

When only two people are involved in a conversation, dialogue tags usually aren’t necessary. With that in mind, go through your story and take out all the excess dialogue tags.

Practical Prompt 11-1-17

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.

Today is November 1, the first day of National Novel Writing Month.  The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month, but really it’s  to learn how to write faster and train yourself to be a more productive writer.  Give it a try: https://nanowrimo.org/

Practical Prompt 9-27-17

Over the past 2 months you’ve gone further into your characters’ backstories. Now that you know more about your characters’ backstories, make sure their motivations in the beginning of the story you’re writing are consistent with their pasts.

Practical Prompt 9-20-17

Whatever issue of the day dominates a person’s formative years can affect their perspective for years. If you grew up during a major war or a burgeoning pandemic, it will shape your views. What was the major issue during your characters’ early years, and how did that issue affect them?