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Writing Challenge 65

5 November 2018

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has arrived once again, and to get the creative juices flowing, it’s time for a writing challenge! Let the image below inspire you on your journey to write 50,000 words before Friday, November 30. A fighting sword from the late 17th century rests in place. Beyond what little is stated… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 64

The house on the hill, in the woods, set apart at the edge of town. What secrets (or horrors) are to be discovered within? It’s familiar trope, but one that’s endlessly fascinating. Our curiosities are piqued by who might live there and what stories they’ve lived. It is often a key setting/location in any story…. Read More ›

Writing Challenge 63

Does he steal in on a soft breeze from the window? Ducking into shadow, yet posing for a moment in the daylight, a figure in constant motion dancing on the wind’s breath. Such words could describe this bronze statue of Mercury, the Roman version of the Greek god of travelers and thieves, merchants and shepherds,… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 62

They will eat you alive! Dive in and discover a new story, scene, or chapter in your writing. Will your characters visit an aquarium or the Amazon? Is a villain threatening to feed your hero or heroine to the fishes? Or is an aquatic world discovered by travelers to a distant planet? Plot out your… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 61

“Into the woods you go again, you have to every now and then…” Just like the characters in Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, Into the Woods, writers should journey into the proverbial woods “every now and then.” Such sojourns refresh the soul and feed the mind, inspiring writers’ imaginations and thoughts. Just consider Henry David Thoreau… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 60

Raw escargot! Creepy, crawly critters loom in our imaginations, sometimes fueling our fears and nightmares. Yet there is a fascination with such creatures, drawing our attention, piquing our curiosity to discover more about them. How can they co-exist with us but seem so alien? Imagine these gastropods as large land striders used as transportation in… Read More ›

National Novel Writing Month 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day that launches a 1,000 novels. NaNoWriMo has begun! November is National Novel Writing Month, and writers around the world are likely to be hunkering down to churn out 50,000 words in 30 days (from today, November 1, until 11:59:59pm on Wednesday, November 30). The rough breakdown is… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 59

Is it a dark tower? Rapunzel’s tower? Just what is this  medieval structure that looms before you? Is it our reality or something from a fantasy world? Architecture, like art, can spur writers to delve into the possibilities of what did/could/will take place in the buildings and structures that we see in our travels. These… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 58

Food. Delicious, succulent, and mouth-watering. Cuisine is often written about with poetic language describing the flavors and composition of the dish’s presentation. The taste and experience of eating evokes strong memories and creative writing. Increasingly what we eat is photographed. Any dish may serve to inspire both a writer’s palate and mind, and each may… Read More ›

Writing Challenge 57

Art. Sculptures. Paintings. They are a completed, visual work that can serve to inspire a writer’s blank canvas. Any work of art may serve as a muse to a writer, and each may speak to the writer in a different manner or not at all. Choosing a work is subjective to the individual, but below… Read More ›

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