Writing Challenge/Prompt

They say the world will end in fire–and the fires won’t stop burning. Despite the best, most heroic efforts of science–or magic–as soon as one fire is put out, another starts. Put a character into this scenario and write a story. Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and […]

Writing Challenge/Prompt

Almost everyone has a book, or a series of books, they think of as comfort reads. You turn to these books often, reading them again and again, and reliving adventures with your favorite characters. After years of this, it gets to the point where you can recite parts of the book from memory. Then one […]

Writing Challenge/Prompt

Who is the most unlikely hero (aside from me) you can think of? Your next door neighbor, or your third cousin who gets a rash at the thought of danger or an adventure? What would this person do if the fate of the world rested on her/his shoulders–rise to the occasion (surprising everyone) or let […]

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This month try a world-building challenge. What does it take to build a believable empire for a book or a story? Consider the society, the religion (or lack of religion), how people are fed, clothed, and how they go about their daily lives. Are all empires huge and far flung? And are empires by definition […]

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Everyone around you looks like a living, breathing person. Your family, your friends, and the person you’re falling in love with all feel real. Your heart tells you this is true. Occasionally, something you see or hear makes you doubt your heart. To make it worse, your head keeps asking uncomfortable questions. Put a character […]

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Imagine taking shelter from a snowstorm in an abandoned cottage. There is wood stacked next to the fireplace, a box of matches on the mantel, and blankets in a round topped chest against the wall. Warm and safe, you fall asleep in front of the fire. You wake to a summer day. Put a character […]

Writing/Challenge Prompt

Consider this scenario. Strange things have been happening in your little town; disappearances, illness and murders, food stores that vanish overnight. No one knows why or who, or how to stop it. Your character becomes convinced that the animals in town–the dogs, the cats, the livestock–see things she can’t. What does your character do when […]

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Imagine a world where no one believes in miracles. There are no spontaneous cures, no finding someone lost when all hope is gone, no faith in anything but the concrete. All that changes one morning, and miracles sprout as thick as dandelions in a meadow. Put a character in the middle of that scenario and […]

Writing Challenge/Prompt

A stranger arrives one day. This person claims to know the answers to all the ills the world suffers, and how to cure them. The catch is this person refuses to tell what she/he knows. Why not, and what will happen if those secrets are let loose in the world? Write a story about that. […]

Writing Challenge/Prompt

The sages say the world will end in ice–but the fires won’t stop burning. What do you, and the world, do? Put a character in the middle of that scenario and write a story. Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, […]