More Writing Prompts

Hey guys,

While on Pinterest, I found some more writing prompts that made me giggle or even go, hmm. I wonder where this story would go?

So I thought I would post them here, see maybe if I could get some writers using the prompts. Which would be even better.

  1. “Is that blood?” “No?” “That’s not a question you’re supposed to answer with a question.”
  2. “This is my life now. I have climbed this hill and now I will die upon it.” “Shut up. We’ve only been hiking for twenty minutes.”
  3. “On a scale from one to ten, how bad do you want to kill me right now?” “I’m hovering somewhere in the high thirties.”
  4. “What’s our exit strategy?” “Our what?” “Oh my god, we’re all going to die.”
  5. You wake up in the woods with three others. Each of you wearing what you went to bed in. You have no idea how or why you are there. There are four boxes with each of your names and inside each box is a clue as to why you are there.
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Character Intros- Making Readers Fall in Love

Hey guys,

When writing character intros it is the prime opportunity to impress readers and hook them into your story. With a well-written character introduction you need to have a lot more going then it appears to be at first glance.

What’s in a character introduction?

Character introductions can be thought of in two different parts: character description and a character entrance.

Character Description: is the line or two that announces the character the first time we see them in the script. Examples:

10 things I hate about you: Kat Stratford, eighteen, pretty- but trying hard not to be- in a baggy granny dress and glasses, balances a cup of coffee and a backpack as she climbs out of her battered, baby blue ’75 Dodge Dart. 

From Northeast Kingdom: A young female hunter hides in the foliage on the side of a pond. She’s small for her age, 19 going on 16, but wears the concentration of an adult. 

Warm Bodies: R(21, undead). Blank face, sunken eyes. Blueish lips. If we didn’t know any better we’d think he was a junkie, a runaway from the set of My Own Private Idaho. Then we might notice a few thin gashes cutting across his cheeks. And then we might hear a soft groan humming from his frozen lips. And then we might start to wonder… 

Character entrance:  is the set up and/or circumstances surrounding the character the first time we meet them in the story.

Examples: It’s Jack Sparrow… Sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow sailing into port on a sinking ship.

Marge Gunderson: Being woken in the middle of the night, slipping her winter coat over her very=pregnant belly and leaving her loving husband, to go out and represent the side of good in Fargo.

The Character description and character entrance. The two parts of character introductions. 

You never get a second chance for your impression: 

Character introductions have the explicit purpose of introducing us, the reader or audience, to the characters. When done right you can create several significant effects:

  • Focus reader’s attention on what’s important
  • Hook readers into the character
  • Establish a character’s emotional starting point.

Focus Reader’s attention on what’s important: 

Clarity is maybe the most important aspect of character writing and one of the toughest to master. We all have amazing stories in our heads- that we keep replaying in our heads on a daily basis. The challenge is figuring out how to convey them and imagination onto the page. When someone else reads it, what they imagine in their head is something close to what you imagined– this is the end goal of everyone who is a writer. 

Skillfully directing a reader’s attention:

Is a necessary part of creating a clear, intended effect. You’re the conductor. You don’t just let everyone do their own thing and play whatever they like. You need to take control and focus their attention. It is the same thing with your characters, you need to create a specific effect by controlling how each character is represented, heard, and when they are heard. 

A good character intro gives weight to characters. Major characters are given full introductions. Minor characters are given just enough to help orient us to their place n the story, but their very lack of elaborate introductions tells us not to invest our mental energy unnecessarily. 

Hook readers into the characters: 

Characters are our ways of telling stories. We are compelled to watch characters whom we admire, fear or even fall in love with, care about, and are intrigued by. A good character is created with a good hook– the admiration or fear or intrigue, enticing the reader follow this character into the story. 

The idea of what hooks a reader in, what connects a reader to the character in that first moment, and it will link the next function of a character introduction. 

How to Write an Amazing Character Introduction:

Get Specific:

If your character description needs to be short enough so as not to disrupt the flow of the scene, then each word needs to be as impactful as possible. Specificity in word choices will do that. It’s a challenge, packing succinct line or two with a description that comes alive in a reader’s mind- but it can be done. 

Use the scene to reveal what’s compelling about your character:

What are they chasing, what are they doing, how they’re reacting and interacting, what choices are they making, what made them choose those decisions? These are all ways to show us who the character is and to set up how we can expect them to behave in the story. 

 

A purposeful character introduction can make the reader fall in love with both the character and the writer. We’re eager to follow the character into the story, and just as eager to follow that storyteller wherever they take us because we’re confident it will be a good ride.

 

List of Words to Describe Voices

Hey guys,

So the hardest part about writing for me is describing voices. When I am writing, in my head I can hear my characters voices but I know not everyone will hear them. Which makes this process very hard for me. I have to go through the whole– well this is what they sound like to me but what would this sound like to my readers? What else could I do to describe the sweetness or the roughness of this voice? GAAH! It is one of the hardest parts for me.

So I have gone onto a thesaurus and collected a bunch of words that can be used for describing voices. I hope that there is some in here that you could use in your stories:

  • abrasive
  • acidic
  • adenoidal
  • airy
  •  animated
  • anxious
  • authoritative
  • barbed
  • barely audible
  • baritone
  • barking
  • bass
  • big
  • blase
  • bombastic
  • bored
  • boyish
  • bitter
  • bland
  • bleak
  • blunt
  • booming
  • broken
  • brittle
  • cheery/cheerful
  • causal
  • childish
  • cloying
  • cold
  • complacent
  • cracked/cracking
  • creaky
  • croaking
  • deep
  • drawling
  • dreamy
  • dry
  • dull
  • earnest
  • easy
  • falsetto
  • faint
  • firm
  • feeble
  • fierce
  • forceful
  • fretful
  • gentle
  • girlish
  • glum
  • grating
  • gravelly/like gravel
  • grim
  • growling
  • hard
  • harsh
  • hearty
  • hesitant
  • high/ high-pitched
  • hissing
  • hoarse
  • honeyed
  • hushed
  • husky
  • immense
  • indifferent
  • insinuating
  • intense
  • ironic
  • jubilant
  • lazy
  • lifeless
  • loud
  • lively
  • mellifluous
  • melodious
  • mild
  • mocking
  • monotonous
  • muffled
  • muted
  • musical
  • nasty
  • nasal
  • neutral
  • nonchalant
  • obsequious
  • oil
  • piercing
  • piping
  • quivering
  • querulous
  • quiet
  • ragged
  • rasping
  • raucous
  • raw
  • reedy
  • refined
  • ringing
  • roaring
  • robust
  • rough
  • rumbling
  • sarcastic
  • savage
  • scornful
  • scratchy
  • screeching
  • serene
  • shaking
  • shrill
  • sharp
  • silly
  • silken
  • silvery
  • sincere
  • singsong
  • somber
  • soothing
  • soprano
  • sour
  • spacey
  • tart
  • teasing
  • thunderous
  • trembling
  • trilling
  • uncertain
  • unsteady
  • vague
  • velvet
  • warm
  • wheezy
  • weary
  • whiny
  • wistful

 

Okay. So this is a good start! You can always add to this list and you can even make your own life. But, for some new writers or old writers looking for a different look– there you go! Use of your own will.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Showing Emotion: Body

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When you are writing- showing emotion and expressing that emotions are critical when you are writing your story. Things that I found hard about writing. And from my experience when reading books, some writers focus on the face. What we need is whole body description which will invite fresh writing. Show feeling by using:

  1. Body posture (open or closed)
  2. Shoulder position
  3. Stance and bearing
  4. Personal space preferences (learning in/away or standing close/back)
  5. Movements (jerky, slow, fast, rushed, methodical.)
  6. Self- soothing gestures (rubbing hands together, touching self to calm down)
  7. Fiddling (with jewelry, buttons, pulling at their clothing.)
  8. Feet position (pointed toward or away from another)
  9. The angle of the body (facing forward or slanted, present a smaller target.)

Tips for Writings a Flashback

Hey guys,

So the other day I was thinking about using a flashback moment in my writing. But, what makes a good flashback? What elements do you need to make it believable? You need to hook a reader but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. So, I did the best thing a writer could do– RESEARCH! This is what I have come up with from my research.

Flashbacks are a very common way to get information to your readers that is really happening right at that moment. But, it isn’t always used the right way. When you take your readers from the story in the present to the past, it is possible that you will interrupt the flow of the story.

So here are a few rules that I found that other writers have written about, that could help you write some flashbacks:

  1. Only use flashbacks if it can propel the story forward and if the backstory is cruicial for the plot.
  2. Flashbacks should reveal something
  3. Get in and then get out!
  4. Give it a punch- the even should have a huge impact on the current scene and emotions at work.
  5. Timing is everything: build up to the reveal and create some suspense.

 

These rules can help your flashbacks— and help you push your flashbacks

Thank you for reading!

Writing A Villain With A Heart

Hey guys,

So the other day I was sitting at home– trying to create a villain that readers would connect with and would maybe for a split second connect with. I am going to give you guys some pointers and some tips on making your bad guys connect with your readers even for a split second and make them forget who they are rooting for.

Your job as a writer is two things: You need them to believe in your villain and to agree with their crazy motivates. With these in mind. You have to create a couple of things with your character to complete these goals.

Number One: Making your reader empathize with your villain- Doing this right before your villain does something will make the reader will like they’re conflicted about the scenario. They will also be confused. You want the reader to love than hate your villain. It will make the turmoil ten times better.

How do you do this, you ask? Give your villain one positive trait. A natural rookie mistake is making your villain– I am tough as nails, I was meant for evil. Let’s look at some villains that are remembered; Joker (Batman) he was abused as a kid. Which he explains in the dark knight rises. He didn’t know how to cope with those emotions or those situations. As an adult, it caused him to be dangerous and psychotic. But, everyone knows who he is. Another one could be Scar (Lion King), he was determined to have what was his. He was the eldest and it should’ve been him- but Mufasa was given his throne. He was determined to get back what was his.

Giving them this redeeming quality will make sure your reader is hooked on your villain because not every bad guy is meaner than me. They have been giving crappy hands in life and they are dealing with those situations the best they could. Plus, you need to give your villain a positive trait or else they will be one-tracked mind. They won’t help to develop your plot, it may actually sink your story.

Number Two: Nobody likes being cheated. When you get your reader hooked on your villain’s positive trait- they are lulled into a false sense of security. They will believe that the hero is changing the villain or that they are helping him find the positive path. When really they are just pushing them farther down the path. OR, your reader will end up liking your villain a little too much. If you do that, you will end up cheating your readers.

Make sure to get your reader to empathize early with your readers! This will be my biggest tip. Make the reader feel like they can almost trust them. Make sure to plant the seed of doubt into their head from the beginning.

So there you go. Some ideas on how to make your villain just a little bit more, Bad. Please like this post, and give my page a good look over! If you have anything you would like to ask me to write about, leave a comment.

How to Self- Edit your Writing

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I have had some problems with self-editing my work. So. I took to the internet. I have compiled the best options and ways that I have found to make my work a little bit better. I hope they will help you.

  • Structure the Task: put the largest elements (plot structure, ex.) first. Once satisfied with these, focus on the details of language (grammar, ex.)
  • Use free tools: Grammarly.com or http://www.hemingwayapp.com is a couple that I have used or seen frequently across the internet. Use it to see sentence difficulties and replace awkward words.
  • Check Tense: Errors of tense of common amongst new writers. Make sure you keep the Tense of your story the same. That way it isn’t messy for your readers to go through.
  • Be Ruthless: Don’t be afraid to cut parts out of your books that aren’t working and start fresh. Cut pieces was vital preparation for something much better.
  • Take a Break: After finishing a draft put it aside for a while. Day, weeks, or even a month- you choose a time period. Return and edit with fresh eyes.
  • Read Aloud: Read your writing aloud. Hearing the rhythm of words will help you edit for flow. Your ears could help out find errors that your eyes have missed.
  • Mix it up: Reading a text over and over might make your eyes used to an error. Try reading backward from the last word to the first. It will pick up hard-to spots.
  • Change the Picture: try changing the font or size in your word processor. The altered appearance can help make the text a new and differences for you to see.

 

That is something you can use to get through your editing phase.

How to Write an Argument

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When writing arguments you have to follow some good points that will make the argument realistic and make the reader take sides in an argument or make them feel confused about who they should believe.

  • Take Sides: before you start writing, make sure to ask yourself: What is the argument really about? What does each character think about the situation?
  • Distribuate Points: When you are done writing the fight scene, break out your colorful pens. Read it through. Every time you have a character say something to take control of the argument– whether it is valid or not. Give them a point. If you want one character to walk away with all the points- perfect. But normally, the best option for tension is the points are very close or even tied. This will make your reader invest in the argument– but make them not sure about who they should pick. If one character is not having any points, work on how they could.
  • Script it: In the final manuscript, description and action are important, but in a revision can distract you from what is happening in the fight. This step is all about streamlining. Make a document and paste the argument into it. Remove everything but the straight dialogue. It is also easier to spot repetition.

 

There you go. This is something you could do to make your arguments a little bit better. And remember, real characters will always have arguments. They would even have arguments with their villains as well.

Dialogue Ideas

When you are writing– you are trying to connect with your reader. Which can be easy to do or it can be hard. Sometimes you can get stuck thinking about what you can do. Or what you should do. Well– here comes some more advice.

Dialogue ideas that will make your reader sad, angry and/or both:

  • The truth is that I never loved you: Pull a “Prince Hans” on your characters! (Frozen reference) Have your character build a trust and turn around and just backstab them in the back. You can make it a small relationship or it could be one of the largest relationships in your story. It will still hurt your reader. (It would make a great last-minute reveal– Cliffhanger for your story.)
  • You can’t really blame me, can you? You can only blame yourself: I have no idea how many times I have read these sentences in a story and absolutely lost my mind. I have tossed books and even cursed at authors for playing with my emotions. (Another Disney reference) Pull a “Scar” from the Lion King.  ~ “They think I am King… This would have never had happened if you stayed around to take your place as King.” God. Wanted to punch him.
  • So those are the main ideas– I have some other ideas as well. I won’t add a huge paragraph with it. But, another idea for you to try:
  • Who could ever love a girl/boy like you? 
  • You broke my heart and all you can say is sorry? 
  • Stop coming back 
  • Is this a game to you?
  • You don’t know a thing
  • You were just an experiment
  • I was only pretending
  • How could you do that? 
  • Stop laughing.

My Death Scene (Writing)

The night had stilled around them. Bodies laid still on the cold ground. I turn to my friends who stood around me. All were smiling and cheering. They had won. They had done it. I turned finding him. Coming face to face with Eli. Across his face, a small smirk pulled at his lips. I fought back the urge to cry. With almost an understanding, Eli nodded his head. Parker walked over and clapped him on the back. Everyone was laughing and smiling. All I could think about was how they would be free now. A silence grew around them.

Silence before the calm.

I felt a push and then my body falling, bouncing against the ground. A ringing in my ears- a gunshot rang out and all I could hear is my name being yelled. Eli was running towards me with the others right behind him. I looked up. Standing like a statue in front of me was Logan. Arms reached out. My eyes begin to widen. He was falling. I moved quickly to catch him. Falling into my arms and cradling his head. “It’s okay. You are going to be okay.” I furiously moved my hands over his body, looking for the entrance wound. “You are going to be okay. ” I couldn’t stop repeating.

The sounds of soldiers calling orders moved towards them. They hadn’t won. “Logan… Logan, look at me. You will be alright. We are going to get you back to base. Mia will look at you.” I rambled on fighting back more tears.

Logan let out a small laugh. “She is going to kill me.” I stopped what I was doing for a split moment. She is going to kill me. My eyes began to burn with tears.

“You had one chance to make a joke. Are you sure that is the joke you want to go with?” I pushed the tears away from my eyes. Continuing to run my hands to find the wound. They were thick with blood. HIs blood. I found it, but too late. I placed my hands over top, I tried to hold the pressure. I could feel his heartbeat weakening. “Hold on, Logan. You need to hold on. For Mia.”

I watched as Logan reached up and grabbed my hands. Looking at me. The color in his eyes had almost completely faded away. He whispered, “Go.” The last heartbeat pumped through his chest.

“No! Wake up. You need to wake up, Logan!” Tears streaming down my face harder and faster than before.

Eli grabs her by the arms, pulling her up from underneath the man’s heavy form. I start kicking and screaming against Eli’s weight, he yells. “Kasey, we have to go.”

“No! No! I am not leaving him. I promised!” I cried. “I promised Mia, I would bring him home!” I cried out louder, kicking against Eli’s body.

Eli turned me around placing both his hands on either side of my face. “He’s gone!” He yells. As I watch his expression soften, Eli places his forehead against mine. I could feel the heat through his fingers pulsing into my cheeks. “He’s gone.” He whispered.