Tag Archives: setting

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-17-15

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You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

If you’ve never been to the place you’re writing about, what are your favorite ways to find out about it to lend authenticity to your story?

Practical Prompt 7-8-15

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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.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been encouraging you to work on a difficult scene from your manuscript. (See posts on June 24 and July 1.) Congratulations for getting some words on the page! Now it’s time to take that rough scene and polish it. Go back through the scene and look for places to add dialogue, character observations, introspection and physical reactions from your characters.

Practical Prompt 6-10-15

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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.

Write the scene where you introduce a new setting for your story. Include every detail, and use all five senses. Then reread what you’ve written and pick three elements that mark that setting as unique, and pare your description down to just those elements.

Practical Prompt 3-18-15

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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.

Whether you’re writing a historical novel or contemporary fiction, getting the facts right adds depth and authenticity to your writing. Take some time to research the place and time period for your story’s setting. A few well-placed details can take your story to a whole new level.

Practical Prompt 12-24-14

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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.

Does your current story include a holiday? If so, take note of your own experiences with family and traditions and the emotions they evoke. Try to infuse your story with those emotions.