Our most creative and original writing is often spontaneous and intuitive. Responding to writing prompts within a limited time frame can help you to write without over-thinking. This is why I offer fifteen minute writing prompts in workshops and classes.
Not everyone loves the holidays, or Disney World, or campers. In 300 words or less, write the story of a family's resolve to make the trip to Disney World for Thanksgiving in a VW camper. Begin with: "We don't need cell phones or tablets to have a good time together. Somehow we all muddled through before … Continue reading Thanksgiving Camper
Available on Amazon Discover how writing fiction can make the world a better place. This book offers instruction, inspiration and prompts for writing cli-fi; speculative fiction that focuses primarily on the ways that climate change is transforming our world. Explore how plot, place and character development can make climate change personal. By anticipating and elaborating … Continue reading Saving the World One Word at a Time – Writing Cli-Fi
Available on Amazon. This book is for anyone who wants to use creative writing to feel better by externalizing their inner apocalypse. Using 25 writing prompts with evocative photographs, readers are encouraged to make meaning of their life experiences by discovering, emphasizing and illuminating changed perspectives. Every character and every story we write, is autobiographical. … Continue reading Love and Apocalypse – Externalize Your Inner Apocalypse with Creative Writing
Days are longer in the spring, as the Earth’s axis increases its tilt relative to the Sun. ebszabo Climate Fiction (CliFi) is a genre that addresses the ways that climate change is already transforming our world. By anticipating and elaborating on what these changes might mean in the not so distant future, writers of CliFi use … Continue reading tilt
Create the character for whom this is a self portrait. ebszabo
Weather is destiny. Prove this true, with the story of a couple packing up their house to leave each other during a blizzard. What happens when they find themselves housebound, surrounded by 6 feet of snow? Write that love story.
The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth's motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it 'sunrise'. This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don't fully understand. But I think it might … Continue reading first light and bad love
Why has this phrase been attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, when there is no record of her saying it? Apparently because Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in his autobiography, Confessions, wrote this: "I recalled the stopgap solution of a great princess who was told that the peasants had no bread, and who responded: "Let them eat brioche." Wikipedia People assumed. … Continue reading “let them eat cake”
There is only one 'first kiss', and there is a last time for everything. List ten things you have done for the last time. Then, write a story that begins with 'first kiss' and ends again and again, until the last time.