I’d like to invite you to warm-up your creative muscles with a challenge. Are you up for it? Ready to write? Write a piece that includes this line somewhere in it: “Lying seems to run in the family.”

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When I begin working on a new project, I am filled with excitement. Ideas come easily. Words flow. I get in the writing groove, working on my project almost daily. And then . . . a vacation happens . . . school starts or ends . . . friends call  . . . something (anything)…

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Years ago, a dear friend shared some wisdom which is the inspiration for this prompt. I’d been griping about somebody being a flake, somebody who’d flaked on me over…and over…and over. But I had failed to learn and felt perfectly justified in my complaining. My wise friend said, “The first time someone tells you who…

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Great descriptive writing combines all of the senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound. It transports your readers to a place where they can feel the place and see the characters. The key to doing this, and doing it well, is to combine a variety of sensory imagery in your writing. Generally, we’re pretty good…

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Coming up with great “story worthy” ideas can be tough. In fact, it can stop people from writing at all. When I tell people that I write, they often tell me that they’d love to write but they don’t know what to write about. I also have more conferences on “what to write about” than…

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It’s been awhile since I shared some new writing prompts, so here goes. There are a variety, so choose one you like, or try all of them. Get out your writer’s notebook, and write by hand for at least ten minutes. Believe it or not, research shows that writing by hand accesses areas of your…

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Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper or a blank screen? The cursor flashes, waiting for you to put your fingers to the keyboard and begin writing…something…anything…but NOTHING is coming to you. You feel “idea-less.” It’s a terrible feeling, and if you write, I think I can say, with almost 100% certainty,…

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I’ve used this creative writing prompt with groups of teen writers several times, and the results are always fun – in fact this is one of their favorite prompts. First, think of your favorite number, preferably one below twenty. You will use this number in every step of this writing prompt. Next go the a…

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This summer I read The Almost Truth, a fabulous mystery by Eileen Cook. At one point, the main character, Sadie, is about to get a highly anticipated kiss when a bee turns her into a screaming mess. The entire scene made me laugh. Then, I saw the comic below and began to think about putting…

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This creative writing prompt involves people watching which is one of the best activities you can do to help develop characters and even interesting plot situations. Go to a public place, perhaps a coffee shop, a line you have to wait in, or even a class you might be taking. Select someone on your right…

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