20 spooky writing prompts to keep you up all night (better check under your bed one more time!)

You are a writer; you have a story to tell the world. Writing comes easy to you, and the words just flow out like honey. What’s that? You have writers block and are currently trying to decide between either banging your head on your desk or crying like a baby? Ahhh … the reality of writing is sometimes vastly different than the poetic dream.

Let us help spur you on to greatness with some spooky Halloween writing prompts. These may take your mind to scary, dark places. Proceed with caution!

  1. You have the option to be a ghost for one day. Who would you haunt, and how?
  2. If you had the ability to talk to the dead, would you?
  3. If you could interview one person who is no longer living, who would you interview?
  4. What is the greatest horror story of all time? What made it great?
  5. What happened to that monster that used to live under your bed? Where is he now? Continue reading

Finish Strong in November: Six Tips for National Novel Writing Month

November is almost here. Do you know what that means? It’s National Novel Writing Month, and it’s time to write the novel of your dreams.

NaNoWriMo” is a 30-day writing contest for aspiring novelists. The idea of the event is to motivate writers to draft a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That’s about 175 pages. And if we break that down further, it’s shy of six pages a day. In perspective, you’re writing one small freshman composition assignment everyday for 30 days. Nothing you can’t handle. Right?

Well, if you’re motivated to compete in NaNoWriMo, I have tips to help you write better, more effective prose. Continue reading

Time Management: How to Find Time to Write with a Crazy Schedule

Does it feel like if you add one more thing to your calendar it (and you!) might have a meltdown? Finding time to write in the midst of such a jam-packed schedule is daunting, but it is possible.

These three simple tips can help you carve out the time you need to actually finish the book you’ve been working on. Continue reading

Unleashing the Discipline of Creative Writing

 

 I have a raggedy yellow piece of paper that my father gave me about 30 years ago.  Written on it are these words, “Nothing great was ever accomplished without discipline.”

Today, you might be feeling fearful about how to finish a manuscript, find readers for your book or come up with something worthwhile to say in your blog.  Take a walk. Get out of familiar space and allow your mind to wander. Find your joy in simple things. Be thankful. Reflect on goals that you have accomplished in the past. Remember, you have a choice to make. You can listen to the excuses or you can get busy doing something great. Continue reading

Start Blogging: Lessons from author Marisa Treviño

In 2004, Marisa Treviño was working as an editor for a monthly trade magazine and was routinely published across the nation as a freelance opinion editorialist. Even though she was living off her writing, Marisa wasn’t completely satisfied. She was churning out columns more quickly than they could be published by outside media outlets, and she grew frustrated by her lack of control over the publishing processes for her writings.

The cure for Marisa’s frustration? To start a blog

She had heard about blogs; and the more she learned about them, the more she knew this was the answer. Finally, she would be able to control how often she published and could write whatever she wanted. So, she started writing daily blog posts about issues she cared about; and now, that little blog has evolved into a full-blown news site with an ever-growing readership.

Today, Marisa Treviño is a blogging expert. She recently published an e-book with Booktango — A Simple Start to Blogging with Social Media — to share her knowledge and experience with others. We talked with Marisa to learn more about her story and the advice she has to offer fellow writers: Continue reading

Writing Quotes: A Quest for Information

If there’s one thing I know about writers, it’s this: writers spend a lot of time talking and thinking about writing. They read books, articles and blog posts about writing. They talk about it in workshops, at conferences, in online communities and over coffee with friends and mentors. Much of the conversation is a re-hashing of the same basic set of issues, ideas and writing fundamentals. I think this constant dialogue among writers is some type of personal quest — a search for an idea, phrased just so, that will spark a breakthrough in their own writing process. It’s all about finding the right advice at the right time. It’s a search for a phrase that jives with your writing style and opens your eyes to the type of storyteller you really want to be.

To help you on your own writerly quest, we’ve put together some of our favorite quotes on writing. We hope you discover something useful and inspiring in these little nuggets of wisdom from great writers:

On getting started:

“You don’t need to wait for inspiration to write. It’s easier to be inspired while writing than while not writing.”

– Josip Novakovich in Fiction Writer’s Workshop Continue reading

Overcome Writer’s Block with Seven Writing Prompts

“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” – Charles Bukowski

It could be the flashing cursor on an empty white page of your word processor. Or, it could be a crinkled sheet of lined paper that you overhand throw into a waste basket. No matter what it looks like, we all know what it means: writer’s block. Luckily there is a cure, and all you have to do is write.

Here are some writing prompts to get your brain in the write place.

1. Copycat

Take a story that you love, and add onto it. Love “Modern Family”?  Write a short story about the Dunphys going to the zoo. Love The Shining? Write about the next caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. Continue reading