Historical Writing Prompts

Adobe Spark (9)It’s been a while since we’ve had a round of writing prompts on here.  I decided to branch out and do historical prompts.  This place was getting bogged down with all the fantasy prompts.  

Now, I don’t write historical.  I tried to write a short story set in the Great Depression, but it turned into a miserable failure.  (Actually, my seven year old brother read it over my shoulder while I typed it, and I asked him for help.  The plot didn’t improve, so I’ll blame that story’s failure on him. But he liked the story.)

These historical fiction prompts are going to be something unique because–guess what– they all happened in history!  (I know, historical fiction normally is set in history, but hear me out.)  

These prompts were all in the newspaper and they caught my eye.  These are real life prompts, taken from headlines and articles in newspapers a long time ago.  Some are quite humorous, and I daresay you’ll like them whether you write historical or not. Continue reading

Me and Goals (aka, the love-hate relationship)

Let me say a scary word.  GOALS.

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Ah, goals.  They’re shiny, impossible things that everyone wants to conquer, but they are kind of scary to because no one ever seems to complete them.

I have too many of them.  And yet I add to the on-going list all. the. time.  

Now, some people might say it’s good to make goals.  People tend to make goals during New Years, but February rolls around, and everyone has quietly dropped those goals.  (Except for the select few that actually keep those goals.  In that case, good for you.)

Here’s the problem with goals.  They tear me down. Continue reading

How To Write The INTJ Character (more than the villain)

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I‘m an INTJ, and I know several people who are INTJs.  I like to think I know a bit about this topic.  (Note, even if you aren’t interested in typing your characters, this may be helpful for any villain.)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Myers-Briggs testing, INTJs are known as the planners, strategists,  and brilliant masterminds.   Consequently, they are often portrayed as the villain in fiction when they appear.  INTJs tend to express little emotion,  and their logic is nearly flawless, but why always put him/her in the antagonist’s role?  People often place the INTJ as the antagonist in their story.   This is wrong.   In the classic novel,  there is a corrupted mastermind who plans world domination,  or something equally damaging,  like cutting in line for coffee.  Along comes a rookie, who knows nearly nothing about the destroying-evil villains process, (Or how long the guy has waited for everyone to look in a different direction,)  and they find a flaw in the antagonist’s plan.  Ka-boom, brilliant mastermind with years of experience defeated by a novice.  (At the very least, the INTJ has to wait his turn in line for coffee.) Continue reading

Writing Music Playlist

So, long time no see.  I’ve been drowning in school (end of year stuff) and haven’t had much time to make blog posts and such.  So, quick little post with a spotify playlist for ya!

And Happy Spring!  It’s either getting warmer or colder for you, depending on where you live.  Unfortunately for me, it’s getting warmer in the US, and I’m watch the trees turn yellow and fuzzy.  It’s time to break out the gas masks. 😦 Continue reading

My Projects

I realized that after all these goal related posts, that I haven’t really talked about my own goals, completed or in progress.  (Or somewhere floating around in the galaxy…)

If you missed the whole motivation saga, you can read them now. (The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo, What to do When Lacking Motivation to Write, Why We Write)

Otherwise, this post is going to be about my own writing stuff.  Expect lots of rambling. Continue reading

More Writing Prompts

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Hello there, let’s start with this little thing that I found on my computer.  Computers are full of surprises.  Things can get buried, and then they appear, and you’re like: “When did I ever make that?”  Happens to me all the time.

No one has ever explored the bottoms of the sea.  Mankind has opted to explore the depths of space.  It seems suspicious that we’ll explore the place so big that we call it “Space,” but we haven’t even seen all of our planet.

Well, they tried.  It just went unrecorded.  The mission was never noted anywhere, any evidence was destroyed.

Did that catch your attention? 😛  That came from a prompt I found somewhere, some time long ago.  Feel free to finish it, as I probably won’t get around to it for a while.  Onto the fresh, new prompts!  (And this time, they sorta are castle-y) Continue reading

The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo

Happy March!  I confess, I’m much more of a winter person, but it is nice to see the leaves and flowers coming out.  (Until the pollen comes, and I desperately wish for winter again.)

March also means that it’s only one month away from April, which also means that it’s one month away from Camp NaNoWriMo.  Some of you may know that I did NaNoWriMo in November, which is basically the bigger, more serious version of Camp NaNo.  We’ll go into all that and other online resources that help you keep your writing goals. Continue reading

A List of Rare Mythological Creatures

Kelpie - a water horse from Celtic mythology thought to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland:

So, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that dragons are getting a little overused.  You know?  Every fantasy book has to have a dragon.  When did that become a thing?  Just because The Hobbit has the best dragon ever doesn’t mean everyone else has to copy…  

I’m guilty too.  Dragons are just plain cool.  But, there are other cool creatures out there too.  So, a small list of lesser appreciated creatures. Continue reading

A Little Thing Called Pinterest (And Why You Need it for Writing)

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Anybody heard of Pinterest?  I try not to spend my whole life on the site.  It’s seriously addictive.  I primarily began using it for writing.  Why Pinterest, you ask.  Isn’t that only for clothing and food?  I’m here to tell you that Pinterest is amaze for writing.  No this isn’t an advertisement for my Pinterest account, even though I might use some examples and I wouldn’t mind the followers.  😛

*all pics from pinterest, of course Continue reading