Writing Prompts #6

We’re again brought back into the textbook of the semester. Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing


This post brings us into chapter two of the book which starts the chapters that focus on specific topics. This one happens to focus on Image.


This post will focus on abstract images vs. concrete images.


Prompt #1: Open a textbook, form letter, or something that is not intended to be a work of imagination. Make a list of ten words of abstractions or generalizations. Pick a few of these words and get creative. Turn something like Capitalism into something creative.


Prompt #2: Begin with a very generic category (people, place, thing) and narrow that category down in steps. (The example from the text is: Creature > animal > four-legged animal > domestic animal > mixed-breed Shepherd > old Sammy asleep on the red rug, his haunches twitching in his dream). Start with the same category and narrow it down again but go in a different direction.


Until next time. Check out that book. It’s awesome. The information in the next several chapters really jump into great topics.


Writing Prompts #5

Hey my dears, we’re back again. This one will be short and sweet. Again, these are prompts borrowed from Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing


I’m just going to leave you with some trigger phrases. Basically taken one (or try it with all) and just start writing. Write until nothing else comes from it.

Here are the examples from the textbook:

  • This journal is…
  • My mother used to have…
  • What a jerk. He always…
  • The house we lived in…
  • In this dream I was…
  • She got out of the car…
  • The first thing I want in the morning…


Does anyone else know some good trigger phrases?


Until next time!

Writing Prompts #4

Hello my lovelies, welcome back to our lovely prompts posts. Again, these come from Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing


Another twofer. This is a little more generic and could be fun.


Number 1: Pick a question you want to be answered. Then go and try to research it for about 30 minutes. Don’t get lost in the research itself but get an idea of the answer from what you found. Then freewrite for another 30 minutes and try to incorporate that research.


Number 2: Look into cross genres (art songs, graphic novels, etc). Freewrite about what it is about those cross genres that appeal to you.


Hopefully, I’ll start posting some very rough versions of these for some of you. Until next time.

Writing Prompts #3

And we’re back again to Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing: Elements of Craft writing prompts.


Today is going to be a twofer. We have two prompts based on observations.


First: Go to a public place and spend some time observing your surrounds (I took about 15 minutes). Make notes of the proper names of the items you see (what’s that restaurant called, the gas station, did that person say their name, can you give them one). When you have a decent list going take some time to write a paragraph or two and incorporate those items in it.

Second: Listen to a piece of music you care about. Write something that the music envokes without incorporating any of the lyrics into the song. What kind of images does the piece of music bring to you?


Hope you guys have some fun with this one!

Writing Prompt #2

Hey guys, as a reminder these prompts can all be found in Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft.


Today’s prompt is about lists. Without further ado:

A list of lists:

  • Things on which I am an expert
  • Things I have lost
  • Signs of winter
  • What is inside my body
  • Things people have said to me
  • What to take on the journey
  • Things I have forgotten
  • Things to make lists of

Pick any one of these items to generate a list in your journal.

Pick a single word from your list and write a paragraph about it.

Write a single line about each item on the list.

Writing Prompt #1

Hey guys, I thought I’d share some of the prompts in this awesome textbook for my Creative Writing class that I’m taking this semester. I’ve had a lot of fun with some of them and I hope they help you in the future.

They all come from Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft by Janet Burroway.


The first one is: this one was following an explanation of keeping a freewriting journal and that you can do anything in it that you want. Try some of these below:

  • Make an observation
  • Dictate an overheard conversation
  • Make lists
  • Questions you’d like answered
  • Your response to a piece of music
  • A rough draft of a letter
  • Names for characters
  • Quotations from what you are reading
  • The piece of your mind you’d like to give so-and-so
  • An idea for a story
  • A memory
  • A dream
  • A few lines of a poem
  • A fantasy conversation
  • Titles of things you are never going to write
  • Anything else.


The idea prior to this prompt is to give yourself something to write EVERY DAY. It gets the juices flowing. Some of these were super fun to write.


I’m going to try and post a couple of these every week. There are a lot of fun ones in this book and I want to share them with you. I’ll even try to leave some of my (not so embarrassing) attempts at working on the prompts here as well.


Until next time!

Distractions are a thing…

I came to the school library today with the intention to sit and work on some of the chapters I still need to edit for Time Healer. The struggle has been a real thing for the end of this book.


I’ve mentioned it already, but when I started going about editing Time Healer I was bright-eyed and full of plans after Colorado Gold. I had dabbled in a little editing prior to the conference, wanting to get a start on what I knew was going to be a lot of work to trim words and make it a more powerful piece. I left the conference with ALL THE PLANS, sparked by conversations with agents and fellow writers. One of the biggest plans was a major change to the story thanks to really wanting to dig into the goals, motivations, and the conflicts that my characters are facing.


You guys should also know, because I’ve mentioned it before, that these characters decided to completely change things on me. My main character got a little tougher, one character had to disappear (kill your darlings, even when it hurts) which meant a lot of changes to remove him, and my antagonist got a little darker. These things needed to happen to make this the story it was meant to be, but it’s been a lot of work. And instead of cutting words, I’ve added a lot. Which means I’ll be lost in this world for awhile.


But I love it.


So when things get rough, what do I do? I find distractions:

  • Social media
  • Family projects that could have been put off
  • Games (seriously… Town of Salem is my new guilty pleasure)
  • “School” work (sometimes I obsessively go at it if I know I have time to do something else)


What are your distractions?


Also, did my random act of kindness for the month. Paid for the person behind in line at Starbucks. Made me feel all sunshine and happiness.