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Distancing Twins

Memories are strange things. It’s often surprising to find out how much you either remember or don’t remember when sharing with others years afterward. But when the event is remembered completely differently, how do you tell what the correct rendition ...
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Clown Apocalypse

Why is it always zombies? Why don’t people in movies turn into, I don’t know, clowns maybe? And not evil, people eating clowns. Silly, funny clowns. The clown apocalypse! ...
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Bigfoot Sighting

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a snap we found that really needs a story! Some days you don’t have to look hard for a writing prompt ...
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Beer or Milk?

I thought this one can go many directions – depending on how you see the bottle ...
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Small Town Drama

Another family story I turned into a prompt. Living in a small town can be interesting! ...
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Mud on the Ceiling

Have a little fun with this one! ...
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Stretch the Truth

It might be impolite to tell someone what you really think, but watch how much you stretch the truth ...
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Chop

When I think of the word ‘chop’, I always think of an ax ...
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Strange Job

There are a lot of really strange, but real jobs in the world ...
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Make it Logical

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book and thought, that wouldn’t really happen? Of course you have! As adults, we are constantly expected to allow some suspension of disbelief in our entertainment, especially in science fiction and ...
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Veteran’s Day

My husband’s uncle once waited for orders overlooking a harbor during WWII. Until something happened to spur him on… ...
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Breaking In

Instead of a super-hero, how about a super-villain? ...
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Deer and Pears

Let’s start the month with a more upbeat feel. I can imagine a bit of comedy with this one ...
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Happy Halloween!

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, here is a prompt to get those creative juices flowing ...
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Stick-Man

The prompt for today came from the idea of someone with a weak body developing a strong intellect. I just took it a tad further… ...
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Marking Time

I got a little behind last week due to illness, and all my illustrators had life intrusions that derailed Inktober. But, I’m going to continue creating writing prompts. I’ll post new prompts on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, and would love to ...
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Guard your Expression

Guarded is today’s word: “Why do we guard these things?” the young man asked. “It’s not like there’s anything to steal.” The old soldier gazed thoughtfully at the weathered wood before answering, “Well, we ain’t protectin’ what’s inside, you know.” ...
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Chase the White Whale

For the 11th Day of Inktober, Whale is the word. You know it’s going to be a bad day when you wake up on the beach. Next to a whale. Then you think, Not again! Add some humor to your ...
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Don’t Be Cruel

Today’s word is Cruel, although my prompt went a little creepy. The little girl was loved by eveyone. No one understood just how cruel she really was ...
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Keep Flowing

Day 10’s word is Flowing -how about a little mystery for the month? As the flowing water slowly made it’s way through the cemetery, the miniature boat master quietly began his tale. “This whole town comes alive once a year…” ...
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My Precious

Whenever I hear the word precious, I always think of Gollum, so I had to go a slightly different direction. A little bit of Sci-Fi, maybe? “We only require precious metals, nothing more,” assured the Homdu Prime Amassador. We didn’t ...
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Seeing Stars

Day 8 of Inktober is Star. Let’s add a little mystery to our writing: The astronomer sat open mouthed when he realized the north star was simply…gone ...
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Don’t Feel Exhausted Yet

Inktober Day 7 is exhausted, but I didn’t want to direct low energy writing so turned it around a bit. After a week with the twins, I expected to be completely exhausted. What actually happened was so strange, though. I’ll ...
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Drooling over the Next Prompt

Inkober’s Day 6 word is drooling. So have a writing prompt worthy of the day. I’ve never see such a drooling mess until I watched my cousin’s St. Bernard last weekend. I’ll post illustrations when I get them ...
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Punk Rock Chicken by Ruby Drake

Chicken is the Word of the Day

Inktober Day 5 I had a hard time creating a prompt for today until I remembered something a young soldier once told me when he was admitted to sick call. A long night in the ER started with, “the chicken ...
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Engaging Dialogue

While it’s not difficult to describe your characters, a paragraph (or more) of exposition is really boring. The best way to present your characters is to show their personalities through engaging dialogue. A quick search yields many tips for writing ...
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Past or Present Tense

Does your story play out in cinematic ‘real time’ or is it narrated from a past event? Past and present tense narration are the two primary (and most logical ) choices for storytelling and each has pros and cons. Because ...
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Who are you? Know your POV

You’ve got a story to tell, but before you even write the first line, you must decide who you are. Are you the main character, who only knows what she can see outside her window? Maybe you’re the all-knowing god ...
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Where Do Your Characters Live?

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book and realized the characters are defiantly not where they say they are? I remember seeing a movie that showed Denver, Colorado as a small ski town in the mountains. Not ...
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Why Publish an E-book?

Or rather, the question should be why NOT publish an E-Book? On the upside, E-books are: Another way to get books to your readers Almost immediate availability upon purchase No printing, shipping, or storage costs Minimal time from finish to ...
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