Monthly Writing Prompt | February 2023

Are you a writer looking for some inspiration for your next scene or story? Read this month’s writing prompt and let your Muse guide you:

Ping. Another one drops, and your heart races inside your chest. How many are there now? You’ve lost count. Ping. You try to remember all the ones that came before… it’s imperative that you keep track. Ping ping. Your mind scrambles, overwhelmed. It’s all just too much.

Muse Stimulators:

  • What is dropping?
  • Why does the POV need to keep track of the pings?
  • What will happen if the POV can’t keep up and what will happen if they do?
  • How did the POV get into this situation?
  • What happens next?

Happy Writing!

~MJ

WIP Challenge – January 2023

Write a short description of something important to your character. Include where it came from, why it’s important to your MC, if it’s value is monetary, sentimental, or functional, and how your character typically interacts with it.

Now write a short scene where your character loses this thing. Address the following elements:

  • How is it lost?
  • What does your character feel?
  • How do they interact with their environment after?
  • How does this impact their relationships with other characters? Consider short term and long term impact.
  • How does this influence what they do next?

Happy writing!

~MJ

Monthly Writing Prompt | January 2023

Happy New Year!!! Here’s your monthly writing prompt to kick us off on a great year of writing!

You close your eyes, picturing it in your mind. Blood tingles through your veins as the image becomes more detailed, more vivid. It’s almost like you could reach out and grasp it. For a minute you wonder if you can, and if you could… would you?

Muse Stimulators

  • Does the POV want to picture this image or is it involuntary?
  • Is it a memory or something imagined for the future?
  • Is it something good or bad? how and why?
  • What would happen if the POV could grasp it, or if it could grasp the POV?
  • What does the POV learn from this image, and what do they do with the information?

Happy writing!

~MJ

WIP Challenge – December 2022

Take your character into a densely populated place. Take time to describe the colors, smells, sounds. Weave the chaos of it into your character’s journey through. Do they overhear something? Do they get bumped or shoved in the melee?

Happy Writing!

~MJ

Book Review: Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger by K.C. Grifant

Title: Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger Author: K.C. Grifant  Release date: February 2nd, 2023 Truthfully, when K.C. Grifant emailed me, I initially replied that I would love to review it – but – I wouldn’t get to it for a few weeks, as I was deep into reading four other books. Well, then I saw the […]

Book Review: Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger by K.C. Grifant

Monthly Writing Prompt | December 2022

The noise has been constant since you opened your eyes. At first, it was tolerable, but now… now you’d do anything to make it stop. The temperature is uncomfortable, and it’s getting worse as the moments drag on. You look around for something, anything, anyone who can help.

Muse Stimulators:

  • What is the noise and where is it coming from?
  • Is it hot or cold? What other environmental conditions are in play?
  • Is anyone around to help or hinder?
  • Is this situation unexpected for the POV? Why or why not?
  • What happens next?

Happy Writing!

~MJ

How Drafting Longhand Can Enhance Your Writing

You know how you try clothes on before deciding what to wear on a date? Do you iron those clothes before holding them in the mirror? I hope not, because that’ll be like undoing your pants to fart. Yet that’s how most writers tend to approach the first draft. They iron their clothes, spritz on […]

How Drafting Longhand Can Enhance Your Writing

Writing that First Draft

Greetings, Storytellers. Diana here with NaNoWriMo looming on the horizon. Whether you’re participating in the writing marathon or not, I thought I’d give you a bit of a pep talk about writing first drafts. Gather around, and I’ll try not to scare you! Just imagine… Your fingertips rest on the keyboard. Your creative vision has […]

Writing that First Draft

WIP Challenge – November 2022

Write a scene where your character encounters water. Describe how the water interacts with the environment and how it affects your character. Does it worry them? Terrify them? Soothe them?

Happy Writing!

~MJ

Monthly Writing Prompt | November 2022

A sound calls to you from the void, pulling at you, nagging. You reach for it. Maybe you can give it a nudge and convey that you want to be left alone. But your hands find nothing, and the sound keeps battering your ears.

Muse Stimulators:

  • Who or what is making the sound?
  • What does the sound mean?
  • Where is the POV?
  • Why does the POV want to be left alone?
  • What happens next?

Happy Writing!
~MJ

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