March 26, 2014
Flash Fiction Prompt: First Lines
Choose one of the starters below and use it as the first line in your story.
They couldn’t think of any reason not to, so they figured “Why not?”
Emily’s appetite was insatiable, her husband had no idea what had gotten into her.
If it wasn’t for the water I might have actually gotten there.
The knight removed her helmet and bowed to the princess.
How often does someone give you the chance to change your life?
It was the year 3046.
Annoyed with his clumsiness, Dane sat there and contemplated how he would get out. 
I would literally kill someone for a soft pretzel.
It was then, the day the robots descended upon the dinosaurs, the carnage was beyond my wildest nightmares.
There she was, the woman in the green jacket.
(If you need more info on the challenge please visit Writrs #4xF FAQ or www.fourbyflash.com)

Flash Fiction Prompt: First Lines

Choose one of the starters below and use it as the first line in your story.

  • They couldn’t think of any reason not to, so they figured “Why not?”
  • Emily’s appetite was insatiable, her husband had no idea what had gotten into her.
  • If it wasn’t for the water I might have actually gotten there.
  • The knight removed her helmet and bowed to the princess.
  • How often does someone give you the chance to change your life?
  • It was the year 3046.
  • Annoyed with his clumsiness, Dane sat there and contemplated how he would get out. 
  • I would literally kill someone for a soft pretzel.
  • It was then, the day the robots descended upon the dinosaurs, the carnage was beyond my wildest nightmares.
  • There she was, the woman in the green jacket.

(If you need more info on the challenge please visit Writrs #4xF FAQ or www.fourbyflash.com)

March 7, 2014
Flash Fiction Prompt: Shhhh! 
Write about a character that has a secret.• This could be them hiding the secret, trusting someone enough to tell them the secret, their own personal way of dealing with the secret.• The secret could be something they have done, something someone else told them, maybe something personal like a deep/dark fear.• It is your choice how much of the secret you wish to reveal.Try to focus on the element of discomfort. Try weighing the pros and cons of the secret, figure out both the good and the bad reasons your character has the secret to begin with.
[If you need more info on this month’s challenge please visit Writrs #4xF FAQ or www.fourbyflash.com]

Flash Fiction Prompt: Shhhh! 

Write about a character that has a secret.

• This could be them hiding the secret, trusting someone enough to tell them the secret, their own personal way of dealing with the secret.
• The secret could be something they have done, something someone else told them, maybe something personal like a deep/dark fear.
• It is your choice how much of the secret you wish to reveal.

Try to focus on the element of discomfort. Try weighing the pros and cons of the secret, figure out both the good and the bad reasons your character has the secret to begin with.

[If you need more info on this month’s challenge please visit Writrs #4xF FAQ or www.fourbyflash.com]

January 30, 2014
The Write Practice: How to Write a Book that Sings

January 27, 2014

Hey, Writrs! It’s Mini Prompt Monday!

Think back to the first story you ever wrote, even if it was a simple story you jotted down as a third grader. Use the response space to give a description of the characters and plot.

If you’re feeling daring, maybe even try rewriting the story now!
So let us know! What was your first story?

January 19, 2014
How a Good Editor Amplifies Your Voice

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The “Now What?” Months are here! In 2014, we’ll be bringing you advice from authors who published their NaNo-novels, editors, agents, and more to help you polish November’s first draft until it gleams. Author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Tilia Jacobs explains why you can’t write a novel by yourself… and how to find the right editor:

You need an editor. That story of yours? That you love, that carry around all day and take to bed at night; that story that made you a novelist?

It’s lost.

Well, not lost. Buried. In your manuscript, deep within the jumble of exuberant mediocrity that is a one-month first draft. Fortunately, you know that no one writes a book alone. Witness the acknowledgements section of many a novel; a good editor is a story-magician. But how to find one? And work with one?

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Since I’m currently editing something, this was a good way to flip my perspective a bit - how is my writer going to interpret my edits?

Also, pay attention to this advice — DON’T try and edit your own work. 

January 13, 2014
Mini Prompt Monday

Hello folks. Happy Monday. Today, I’d like to you write about a crucial decision that someone (you, or your character) made in a traffic situation (e.g., traffic jam, head-on collision, etc.)

Here is a question mark so the answer box shows up. 

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January 6, 2014
Mini Prompt Monday

A picture days a thousand words. I’ll make this Monday’s mini prompt short, sweet and to the point.

Artwork Credit

Describe the scene above in full detail. Really show rather than tell the above. For more of a challenge, do it in one paragraph.

~Berry

January 2, 2014
Hey Kids

So here we are in 2014. Did you have a nice New Years? I did. I hope you didn’t make any resolutions you’re going to regret in two weeks.

I’m Anna, and here are some things that qualify me to give you free, online advice about writing. 

  • English undergrad
  • Completed NaNo 2011 and 2012 (and 2013, if you count short stories and editing)
  • ML for my region (Colorado :: Elsewhere) in NaNo 2012
  • Gainfully employed writing content for Washington Trails Association's blog and magazine (shameless plug)
  • Currently editing a novel and several essays for a colleague 
  • Contributor to various creative writing outlets, including this experimental blog
  • Easily driven to distraction by poor grammar and misused punctuation. But don’t call me a grammar Nazi, that’s rude, you barely know me. 

Here’s to 2014, and to finishing some of those pieces that have been languishing on your computer for years. Go get ‘em. I’ll be right here.  

 

November 16, 2013
I can’t believe the month is more than half over! How are you all doing?

I just wanted to take a minute to congratulate everyone who is a ahead of schedule and to also congratulate those of you who are behind! You are all amazing for being a part of NaNoWriMo.

There are bound to be some days during the month for all of you where you may just not be able to write, or there will be days you fall short of the 1,667 mark. But there will also be days where you find yourself inspired and unable to stop writing. Those days will make up for the other days!

Either way you can NEVER EVER look at “not winning” as a failure!

Even if you don’t finish, whether you get to 5k or 20k or 40k by the end of the month, those are thousands of words into your novel that you may have never written, especially if you keep saying the things we all say like “one day I’ll write a novel” or “I’ll start next week”… No matter what, if November gets you to sit down and write, then NaNo is serving it’s purpose.

I always go into it saying: Even if I don’t win, the fact that I have started something is great! Especially when it’s something that you really wanted to do (or else you wouldn’t have attempted this crazy challenge in the first place! lol.)

That in itself is something to be proud of, no matter how much you write, I promise you will be proud of how much you have accomplished in just a month! :)

Good Job WriMos!
-Camille

October 12, 2013
A heads up for Writrs and National Novel Writing Month

We are fast approaching November and all the craziness of National Novel Writing Month. So what is going to be happening with Writrs? All kinds of crazy stuff, of course.

  • 5 articles to get you ready for November. These will happen on Wednesday and Friday, but we’ll keep them going on Wednesday and Friday throughout November.
  • Advice/support articles from published and self published authors every Tuesday.
  • Monday will still be a mini prompt for you to participate in, and also to add to your own stories.
  • Thursday we will give you a plot twist you can insert into your novel to stir things up.
  • Saturday will be Word Wars!!!!!! We’re still sorting out what that means though.

We are still open to anyone that wants to contribute during the month of November. Submit your idea, and we’ll be in touch. (Include expected length, topic, and when you would like to share it.)

Oh, and we are almost at 1000 followers, so we’re going to have some kind of a giveaway. Keep track of our blog for more information on that one.

July 10, 2013
How do you feel about deus ex machina in stories?

If you don’t know, deus ex machina is a writing device that comes from Greek tragedies. At the end of the play, a Greek god or Godess would be lowered down on a crane and solve the problem. (hence the term which translates as “god of the machine.)

November 25, 2012
Add some What ifs? into your novel

The month is winding down and you might be getting stuck with your story. It happens, don’t panic. Let’s give you a little device that will jump start your story. Ask yourself “What if?”

At certain times in its history, Marvel Comics has published a series with this very concept. They took important points in the continuity and asked “Well, what if something different happened?”

This title included such strange stories as “What if Wolverine were Lord of the Vampires?” and “What if the Avengers had never formed?”

You don’t want to go to such lengths with your story at this point, but you can still look at where things are going and say “What if?”

For example: “What if your love interest got hit by a car?” or “What if someone was kidnapped?” maybe “What if I added or removed a character?”

These aren’t set in stone. They are just designed to get you thinking about your story from a different perspective. Try thinking of some of these “What ifs?” and it might jump start your story.

Best of luck,

Billy

July 31, 2012
Coming soon…

So I’m writing a short story about a vampire hunter, and I started it, and realized I’d done something wrong. So in the hopefully near future, I will be writing an article about how to start your story and how not to start your story.

Billy

June 2, 2012
Dear Camp NaNo

I set up my cabin preferences a week ago. Why don’t I have a cabin yet?

April 26, 2012
When is it time to say enough is enough.

It isn’t easy, but sometimes you need to say good bye to a project. I know you love your projecrt, but there may be a time when you realize you aren’t happy with it or else you want to devote some time to other things in your life.

That is where I am at right now. I need to set aside my 57 pages of script in order to take care of some things in my life. You might need to make that decision too, and that is OK as long ad you are able to appreciate the journey you took to get where you are. It may be a hard decision, but you have to do what you have to do for yourselr.

With that said, if you are still working, don’t give up. I know that if you persevere you can reach that 100 page goal.

Best of everything, Billy

PS. Don’t forget to send us any questions that you might have.