The Blank Page Holds No Fear For A Brave Writer – by Derek Haines… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Just Publishing Advice: Every writer confronts the dreaded blank page. It is white, stark and for many writers and authors, downright intimidating. Whether it is a fresh sheet of paper or a blank word processor template with its infuriating little flashing cursor, it is the same. You have nothing in front of your eyes […] … Continue reading The Blank Page Holds No Fear For A Brave Writer – by Derek Haines… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

A book full of writing prompts: the last taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Sadly I present to you the last of John Brueckner's teaser prompts from the back of his quintessential book, 892 Opening Lines (Cider Mill Press, 2018). I hope you've been taking advantage of these little gems...if so, run out and buy the book so that the fun doesn't stop! If not...what are you waiting for??? Prompt … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts: the last taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

A book full of writing prompts: the fifth taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Whelp, here it is--the penultimate (I love it when I can work that word into a sentence) writing prompt (this one is a decidedly dark one) from the back cover of John Brueckner's fabulous treasure trove of creativity-fueling noodle nudgers...now go write something! Carrie Graves stepped out onto the stateroom balcony and peered out over … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts: the fifth taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

A book full of writing prompts: the fourth taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Ah, the traps and travails of social media...this is a good one, and I'm sure we've all been there enough to have some creative fodder with which to spark some ambition to write today...go on, take a stab at it! Ainsley posted a bunch of heavily filtered photos of the beach on Instagram, trying to … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts: the fourth taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

A book full of writing prompts: the third taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Like I've said before: run, don't walk, to your nearest local bookstore and GET. THIS. BOOK! I've been working on what started out as a micro-fiction two-pager, and has become a short story about a VW Beetle being used as a boat, an alternate universe, and an amnesiac time-traveller. Just sayin'. Here's the third prompt … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts: the third taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

A book full of writing prompts: a second taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Love. This. Book. And true to my word, here is the next sample prompt taken from the back cover copy--you can't help but wonder as you read each one of these, especially if you do so in succession, "Where the hell does he come up with these?" Amy Lou shuffled off to school in a … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts: a second taste of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

As you all well know, I'm a big fan of writing prompts. For me, they help to quiet the creative chaos and scattered minutiae of potential writing fodder in my brain, and funnel all those microscopic motes into one, cohesive mass from which I can draw from. (I recently finished up an ongoing prompt series, … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Well, here it is, kind readers...the last response to the last prompt. Read on, and then try your hand at it when the mood strikes. Writing prompts are a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing again if you've hit a little dry patch in your writing...or a big dry patch, at that. Take … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14

Here you are, my lovelies! My own response to last week's prompt. Enjoy! And as always, I've included all 13 of the prior responses in the link at the bottom. Describe the room of one of the following: a high school student about to drop out; a cashier who has just won the lottery; a … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14