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Practical Prompt 5-17-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou 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.

Up the conflict in your story. Before you start writing on your next scene, brainstorm a list of twists that could make things harder on your character. Then as you write the scene, add in one—or more—and see if it ups the tension.

Making Every Word Count

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

My Bible study group is reading “The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God that Rocked Her World” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Higgs is well known for her series of books about women in the Bible, especially what she calls the “bad” ones. But she’s also published award-winning contemporary fiction, historical fiction and children’s literature. So if you’re tempted to stop reading this blog entry for fear of unsolicited preaching, I promise that what I’m about to say has everything to do with writing. Please stick with me. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 8-7-14

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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.

Prompt: Do you have a ticking time bomb in your story? Not literally; but there should be at least one element in your story that puts pressure on your protagonist to accomplish the goal, lest he or she encounter dire consequences. If not, add one. If you already have one, how can you ratchet up the stakes even more?