One of my resources to write is prompts, whether that be writing or picture.. My current WIP “Lost Faith” is based on a one line writing prompt. From that I wrote 1600 plus words making it a short story. Seeing I could do more with it I extended it to a short novella. Feeling I had more to say on it I continued and now it stands at over 50k words as I am working to make it a trilogy.
My short story and first paranormal piece ever “The Door In the Tree” came from a picture prompt of a door in a tree. It has received some lovely reviews from those who have read it. This is a genre I would never have thought to write in if I had not seen this prompt. My first ever crime novel which is still a WIP came from a small one line writing prompt.
So I am very bias when it comes to prompts and how effective they can be for writers and for me especially. They just open up new worlds to stories I would never consider writing in the first place. By writing outside my comfort zone and outside the box I am learning new ways to express the creations in my head. I like that.
It makes writing more interesting for me as I research to learn the new concepts I am working on. That is a winner winner chicken dinner for me. I love to learn, I have watched so many documentaries on History Channel I started seeing repeats. In this way I can extend that thirst for knowledge through a writing or picture prompt.
So no matter what you use to get the writer in you going whether that is a writing or picture prompt, memories and experiences you have had or an over active imagination, good for you. If it brings the stories to light onto paper for others to read that is what matters.
Commas are my Kryptonite,” I said to my friend Gina one day. She laughed because she understood what that meant. She is of the thinking you can’t have to many as she places commas in excessive even when there is no need for them to be there. I am of the theory in the less the better, often leaving out spots where I should place a comma
I hate commas. They serve their purpose, one of which is to irritate me when I don’t get it right in placement. But that is why I have an editor. She is worth her weight in gold and then some. Which is awesome for me , the commaless person who couldn’t be bothered to learn where to put them.
What else is my Kryptonite now that I am thinking on it? I have issues with a-than vs then b-to vs too and c- effect vs affect.
Though in fairness to me I am getting better with the two first ones. See even I can learn. I am sure there are others that I am just not thinking off at the moment. Writing. Thanks to my editor, I can stick to writing.
After a few months of not writing due to life and obligations I finally was able to get to my WIP. This is the conversation we had.
#Writingagain #LostFaith #Letthegoodtimesroll
Me: Well hello Lost Faith, guess who’s ready to get back to work?
LF: Who are you?
Me: Oh come on now it has not been that long. I had things that had to be done and family to help.
LF: I know I know. But it wouldn’t have hurt to stop and say hi. Heck you walked by me for the past two months with not even a howdy do.
Me: My bad. I’m sorry. That was wrong. But I am back now for us to work together again.
LF: I understand. Family is family. So where will we start?
Me: I’m not sure, there are so many places I need to fix and figure out.
LF: Well you need to add more dialogue to me, fix the loop holes, describe better the location and…. wait I know where!
LF: The killing of one of the main characters. You’re still gonna do that, right? Start there. It will be so much fun it will be your first time. I decree we start there.
Me: Oh you decree?
Me: I will get to that I promise but I need to bulk some areas up. You know you are going to be a trilogy.
LF: Hooray for Hollywood lalalalalala Hollywood. Yes you need to do that, I will look awesome on the big screen. Awesome I tell you.
Me: Yes you will.
LF: And Sharon? I really missed you.
Me: I missed you as well. Let’s get started.
My current WIP is a sassy thing. But I do love her.