Writing Prompt: Start a story with: “It was an ordinary day until a character from my favorite movie asked for my help to save the world.”
Inspirational Quote: “Remember, the essence of storytelling demands that we place our main characters on a path. A quest with something at stake, with something to do, to achieve, to learn, and to change.” – Larry Brooks – Story Engineering
While on a hike in a remote area, you discover a tunnel that you walk through. At the end of the tunnel, you are transported to another place and/or another time. Where are you?
“The way that people feel changes everything. Feelings are forces. They cause us to time travel. And to leave ourselves, to leave our bodies. I would be that kind of psychologist who says ‘you’re absolutely right – there are monsters under the bed’.” – Helen Oyeyemi
On your eighteenth birthday, your mother reveals that you are not human. She presents you with a leather-bound book that explains your nonhuman origin. What are you? How does knowing this change your life?
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” – Neil Gaiman
What is your personal definition of perseverance? Think of all you’ve overcome because you just didn’t give up. Write about a memorable event in your life in which you were rewarded for your persistence even if the reward was merely personal satisfaction.
“…you’re going to want to take the entire manuscript and throw it in the trash at times, but you know you’re going to get through it…I think if one word describes any writer in the world it’s perseverance…If I had any piece of advice for anyone out there to finish any job it would be, don’t stop, just don’t stop…get to it and get through it.” – Rita Clay Estrada
Rita was the first president and a founding member of Romance Writers of America. The RITA, RWA’s signature award for romance writing excellence, is the namesake of Rita.
What’s in your inspiration jar? Imagine you have an inspiration jar beside your writing station. All of your unfinished plots and skeletal characters reside there, waiting to be liberated. You decide to uncork that jar today. Who or what pops out, demanding your attention?
“People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy…and I keep it in a jar on my desk.” – Stephen King