https://youtu.be/nW_s8Z-uE48 A friend of mine shared an entire playlist of upbeat, Celtic-style music that's just excellent to write to. This particular piece is great for fantasy settings - when I hear it, I immediately think of Camelot from BBC's Merlin, the world of Princess Merida (yes, I know she's Scottish, not Irish), or the … Continue reading The Writer’s Jukebox: “Medieval Anthem” by Peter Crowley
Prompt - Take two characters from a story, (i.e. one you've read/watched or written yourself) and write a new piece in which their roles are switched. I was watching Revenge of the Sith over the weekend, and a thought occurred to me: what if something changed, Luke had been adopted by Bail Organa of Alderaan, … Continue reading Writer’s Prompt #7 – The Prince and the Farmhand
(At least, I think they're metaphors. Metaphors include similes. I'm probably wrong.) These are some rather humorous phrases I've seen floating around the web. Many of them are so full on non-sequitors that any moderately sane writer wouldn't apply; and, as a result, are just downright hilarious to read. I'll admit I'd love to use … Continue reading Some Unusual Metaphors + Writer’s Prompt #6
In a Figment writing group where I've been fairly active, a user has been posting some daily writing prompts. They're a lot of fun, and they usually begin with a couple of words. Instead of giving you a vague prompt to do this week, I'm going to do something more in this new style. Prompt: … Continue reading Writing Prompt #5 – The Edge
Prompt: Pick a random object in your house and write a story about it. If it's an antique, do you know its history? Why not make one up? Is it just a boring old item? Write a story where it's really more than that. Is it a dormant Transformer that's spying on you? Is it … Continue reading Writing Prompt #4 – Random Object
I've always found it pleasantly amusing and, to some degree, fascinating to wonder what various grown-up characters in books or TV must have been like as children. Steven Spielberg's Young Sherlock Holmes movie presented an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes' childhood with theories to why Holmes didn't date and how he first met Professor Moriarty. … Continue reading Writing Prompt #3 – A Character’s Childhood
Prompt: All I did was open that bottle of soda, and in a burst of hazy mist, out popped a genie! It's up to you to decide what happens next. What does this genie look like? Is it male or female? Does it grant wishes? Or does it do something entirely different?