Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Having a likable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud, whose lines you always want to steal."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"If your narrator is someone whose take on things fascinates you, it isn't really going to matter if nothing much happens for a long time. I could watch John Cleese or Anthony Hopkins do dishes for about an hour without needing much else to happen."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"No matter what, you are probably going to have to let bad things happen to some . of the characters you love or you won't have much of a story."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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 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