April Writing Exercise: Week of 04/22

Food for Thought

As our short story theme comes to a close, I hope you have made progress on your fiction over the last two months. Short stories are such a great way to explore themes we are interested in while perfecting our use of plot, rising action, dialogue and other constructs that make fiction work.

Since characters are often the most fun to play around with and also sometimes the most difficult to construct, I wanted to give you another prompt that focuses on character building.

This one is kind of funny, but I think it could reveal some things about your characters that you didn’t know before.

Last fall scientists published findings in Science Advances that even snails start making questionable food choices when they’ve gone too long without eating. Extreme hunger alters the brain’s perception of stimuli in a way that makes otherwise unappealing nourishment seem worthy of the risk, which explains why you might find yourself walking out of a grocery store with bizarre food combinations.

Write a short story or a scene in which your main character makes an unusual choice while in the throes of hunger. Does it turn out to be merely a comic interlude or are there irreversible consequences?

April Writing Exercise: Week of 04/15

Music and Lyrics 

I found a really interesting writing prompt that I wanted to share with you this week. As we continue to shape our short stories, this is a great prompt for you if you are just completely stuck or want to focus on a new idea. Or if you are a lover of music and want to incorporate this within your writing. 

I would love to read what you come up with, so please feel free to reply to this email and share! 

This week's writing prompt was provided by Writers Digest

 Think of some of the song lyrics you have misheard throughout the years. Pick your favorite, and use these misheard lyrics as the title of a new creative writing piece. Write a story, scene or poem based on this title.

April Writing Exercise: Week of 04/07

Free Writing Exercise

Has there been an idea for a short story in your mind? One that you have been ignoring? Or one that you think will be too much work to tackle?

This week, take some time out of your day to free write with this short story idea in mind. Freewriting is a great way to let loose and adhere to come kind of writing schedule. The idea is that you allow your words to tumble out without consciously controlling them. Don't question or construct what comes into your mind. When you read it back initially it can seem jumbled and incoherent but on closer inspection you can see a whole plot line and a lot of questions running underneath. Think of a word to start it and let it flow.

April Writing Exercise: Week of 04/01

April Writing Exercise: Week of 04/01


As we enter a new month, I wanted to take this week to review what we have been discussing for all of March. Hopefully, these short story focused exercises have inspired you or kept you on some kind of writing schedule. 

Take this week to go back to any areas you were struggling with, or exercises that did not interest you at the time.

Entering a fresh, new month can inspire us in new ways, and we might be able to produce some great writing. 

Let's review: 

Week 1: Developing Characters
Click here to open or download the ebook I created to help you with the development of your characters. 

Week 2: Dialogue 
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Week 3: Writing Scenes 
 Open here 

Week 4: Discussing Plot 
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