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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.

Practical Prompt 7-19-17

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.

Watch out for equivocating language that can weaken your prose: just, maybe, a bit etc. Delete them. You won’t miss them.

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.