#Writing Prompt: Lying out of a ticket

This month’s writing prompt is all about lies! Characters are stretching the truth or avoiding it all together. When, how often, how good they are at it, and what they lie about can tell us about our characters — and our character’s character. Perhaps you even have an unreliable narrator on your hands. Up first: Lying…

Writing Prompt: Resolve to Volunteer

It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. All month, I’ve provided prompts that center around the types of resolutions a character might make. This final one is about volunteering. Your character pledges to volunteer more this year. What charity does he or she work for? How does it go? Is…

Writing Prompt: The Higher Power

It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. As authors we have many ways to learn about our characters and to tell our readers about our characters. What they pray about and whom they pray for are excellent means! So, in the theme of resolutions this month: When some people vow to improve themselves,…

Writing Prompt: Weight Loss Help

It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. Ah, resolutions. Your character made a bet to shed a few pounds with a friend, who seems to be winning the friendly wager. How does your character step up the game? What means does he or she take? The hard road of eating right and…

Writing Prompt: Resolve

  It’s January, and the character prompts for this month revolve around resolve. It’s time for your characters to resolve to improve themselves. What are your characters’ New Year’s Resolutions? Are they self-centered? Do they pledge to do more good? What a character resolves to do can speak volumes! If you enjoyed this post, look…

Writing Prompt: Dilemma

Your main character is faced with a dilemma: betray a confidence and perhaps lose a friend or stand by and wait for a friend to make what s/he believes is a horrible mistake. What does your character do? What is his or her thought process to make the decision? What scenarios does she or he…

Writing Prompt: April Fools

It’s that time of year again, and your character wishes to pull a prank. What sort of prank will s/he play? Is it simply an act of fun in the spirit of things — or does s/he harbor darker motives? How long has this “prank” been planned? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or…

Writing Prompt: Gender Rolls

What if your main character awoke one morning the opposite gender? What would change? Would anything necessarily need to? What about personality traits? Would other characters now view the character differently for the same traits? What’s that say about how we write and about our society? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign…

Writing Prompt: The Angry Neighbor

Your neighbor shows up at your door and immediately begins screaming at you…for something you didn’t do. How do you handle it? Does it get physical…comical? Will you need a place to hide the body? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via email.    Image courtesy:…

Writing Prompt: Get Lost!

Your character is driving around lost. Not just a little lost – hopelessly lost. A group of young black men wait for the bus on the corner. A gas station is across a divided highway – hard to reach. Who does s/he ask for directions? Why?   If you enjoyed this post, look around, or…