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03 May 2006 @ 09:04 pm
Write two paragraphs where your character does nothing but observe something, after which they say only one thing:

"Name it after me."
02 May 2006 @ 09:44 pm
There are countless stories where some being, magical or not, curses someone else, or a group of someone elses, for a misdeed, mistake, or downright treachery. The one common theme is that there is almost always a way out. Redemption is possible, BUT (and it's a big but) it usually requires a task or an event that is seemingly out of the reach of the cursed. Something that either requires them to reach beyond themselves to accomplish, or something that requires the aid of a person not likely to ever manifest.

Your character is cursed and has passed up the impossible chance at redemption, their one shot at undoing the curse. Write the paragraph where he or she realizes what they've done.
01 May 2006 @ 12:21 pm
So back at the end of 2005/beginning of 2006, I posted a Writer's Self Survey. Fat lot of good it does you at the end of an unproductive year, right? So I'm reposting it after the first third of the year. Where's your progress? What needs work? What doesn't?

Novel words written (title(s)/count):

Short story words written (title(s)/count):

Notes, outline, and synopsis words written:

Blog words written:

New stories written (title(s)/count):

Existing stories revised (title(s)/count):

Short story submissions sent:

Responses received:



Awaiting response:

Proposals awaiting response:

Upcoming for 2006 (working titles, etc.):
01 May 2006 @ 06:08 am
Beltane. May Day. A Day Without an Immigrant. Everyone has an opinion about at least one of these.

Write a paragraph or two detailing a brief encounter with a person participating in one of the above.
29 April 2006 @ 05:54 am
Ah, zee weekend. She is plush, no?

This weekend, pick a culture, any culture. Fictional or real. And get to know it beyond the accents and baked goods. Make a trip to the library and crack a spine for a few hours and get inside the life of a society outside of your own. Creating credible worlds means knowing what went into making them. Expose yourself to those building blocks...and then?

Create a micro-culture inside the one you just learned about, and write it.
27 April 2006 @ 05:24 am
My, it has been a while, yes? I would rewrite the script to say I've been busy writing my magnum opus...but that'd be a piece of fiction in itself.

Instead, here's a mini-prompt that could also serve as a larger kiloword project of you expand on it.

You (or your character) is back from a long absence. What's the first thing they do when back in a formerly familiar setting?
27 January 2006 @ 06:24 am
Sometimes all a person needs to change their life around is a way out.

Your character is perpetually making bad choices. They're stuck and can't see a way out.

Find a way to give them a way out, either subtle or obvious, and see if they take it...or keep the status quo.
24 January 2006 @ 12:34 pm
You've thought about this long enough. A million little scenarios run through your head everyday. And now? It's time to sort the details.

It's time to start The Book.

Chapter one is a scene setter. By scene setter I mean it can be either about the place where you character physically is, or the place where your character mentally is. You are laying brickwork here. Vague, but enticing brickwork.

Chapter two takes us forward, or backward, ot straight up ito the sky. Or maybe it keeps us where we are. Chapter two is the next step. The fitted puzzle piece. Less vague. More enticing. It's waving delectables at you like a Gibbon monkey.

If you make more chapters, mazel tov. But right now, just make the first two.
23 January 2006 @ 06:53 am
January 27th is Livejournal Rabbit Hole Day. It's creator envisioned it to be a day when the 'residents' of Livejournal would adopt wonderland-esque personaes and lives for one day, fulfilling a personal dream or exploring completely new territory.

So on January 27th, spend the whole day posting in the voice of one of your characters. Some of you already do this (*cough* evilpodiatrist). Create a character. Or use an old one. Wander them through your day or have them lead you through theirs. Either way, it's a good exercise, though not neccesarily a Kiloword or a Mini-prompt.

21 January 2006 @ 08:18 am
Do the rich/powerful view the world differently than someone who has nothing? On a city street, a breeze blows a piece of newspaper down the sidewalk. First, it wraps around the leg of the rich/powerful person, then dislodges and skitters over to a beggar on the corner.

Write "The Paper Trail".

This exercise could either be a short few paragraphs or a full Kiloword project.