How Writing Prompts Can Help Your Blog

H.R.R. Gorman has compiled a fabulous list of writing challenges, poetry challenges, and photo/writing challenges for use in our writing community. What are you waiting for? GET writing! ❤

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When you start a writing blog, there’s only a couple ways to start interacting with other writers and readers:

  1. Depend on people you already know to follow links to your blog
  2. Start using your blog to interact with other bloggers

If you’ve got #1 set because you’re a Twitter star, congrats!  That’s awesome!

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Most of us, however, have to (or want to) deal with #2, and a great way to do that is through the use of prompts.

Why Prompts?

“Aren’t prompts just limiting my creativity?” you may say.

To you, my fine friend, I must admit that it’s possible!  Sometimes I answer a prompt and feel like the sliver of garbage I spewed out would have been better left with my other thoughts that go completely forgotten.  You may, as well, be a person who isn’t blogging for interaction and, instead, want to just have a place to send…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Sally Cronin

Hello everyone! This week I'm happy to bring you an author we all know and love, Sally Cronin. Sally is a fixture in our blogging community who supports authors in every stage of the game. Her blog, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, is a blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humor, and life in general. … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Sally Cronin

Comet

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A fabulous group of talented writers sharing stories about comets. Settle in and have a read. ❤

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With trails that stretch across the sky, some comets burn so brightly they appear during the light of day. They burn into our imaginations, sparking questions and prophecies. Some people dance (naked), some despair.

Writers flashed comets this week with tales from around the world and both hemispheres. Take a ride on a comet through the literary art of flash fiction.

The following is based on the August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet.

PART I (10-minute read)

The Comet of 1858 by James McCanles (5th-great-grandfather of Charli Mills)

Hail! beautious stranger to our sky,
How bright thy robes appear,
Noiseless thou trends thy paths on high,
And converse with all our stars.

In radiant flame of glowing light
Thy silent orb rolls on,
Through vast eternities of night,
To mortal man unknown.

Thy magnitude thy fiery glow,
Thy towering…

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The Unspoken Communication Between a Writer & Their Draft Novel #AmWriting #Writer #Writing

Lucy Mitchell shares some “writing” symptoms writers experience with a draft manuscript. Sound familiar? LOL! Enjoy! ❤

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I have been itching to cover this important and thought-provoking subject for a while.

To the non-writer a draft novel is just a folder stuffed with paper. They don’t see it as a living thing. If you asked them whether a draft novel was capable of communicating with a human, the non-writer would probably laugh, roll their eyes or frown before asking whether you had been in the sun for too long.

To the writer their draft novel is a living thing. It communicates with them regularly, even when they are trying to avoid it. A draft novel senses when the writer is ready to write and it knows when the writer is actively trying to avoid it.

Once you start delving into this strange phenomenon of unspoken communication you will see why a writer’s life is so exhausting.

With so much unspoken communication going on between you and your draft…

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“Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC

Hello and welcome to my contribution to my weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. This week we had to find synonyms for "experience and new." I decided to create a Tanka poem using the words neoteric for new, and technique for experience. Here are the instructions for writing a Tanka Poem: TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your … Continue reading “Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC

Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER WRITING CONTEST

You know what? Some contests are not worth the paper they are printed on… but guess what? This one is! AND… I'm one of the sponsors. That's right.  I know you've wanted your own copy of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. Well, this is your chance. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE PRIZES! MY … Continue reading Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER WRITING CONTEST

31 Free Writing Contests with $ Prizes: The Write Life.com

  Are you interested in entering your writing in some legitimate contests? If so, you will want to read this! ❤ via 31 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes  

» Fairy Tale Review: Accepting Submissions

  One way to PROTEST the political climate in America is to write! Check out this opportunity outlined below: (share this information - it's what empathic writers need now). ❤ "For the coming issue, we are most interested in fairy tales that challenge the current political climate, fairy tales that resist outdated norms or binaries, … Continue reading » Fairy Tale Review: Accepting Submissions