Unlock the Muse – November 28, 2018

This week I am grateful for the blogging community, those of you who share your thoughts and wisdoms gained through your various experiences. I am grateful for my local writing community who continue to challenge me to keep writing. And I’m grateful for my family who allow me the time to follow my dream. To all of you, thank you!

Here is your writing prompt for this week:

Take a walk around your block (if there’s no block, walk one-quarter of a mile). Write down everything you see along the way that starts with a particular letter (for example, T – tree, treehouse, toad, trampoline, a neighbor named Tina, tricycle). When you get home, write a 400-word piece of short-short fiction that uses each word.

I’m trying to convince my son to do this exercise with me. I’m sure he would get a kick out of picking words for me to use in a story. It’s a little like giving mom a homework assignment. If you’re having trouble deciding what letter to use, just use the first letter of your name. Or, do the assignment 26 times and write a piece for each letter!

NaNoWriMo is almost over again for another year. Soon it will be time to begin the work of rewriting and editing the novel. Right now, mine is a huge mess. If you’re in the same situation, don’t worry. There’s lots of great advice out there on how to rework that mess into something readable. Whether your intention is to publish your novel, share it with those close to you, or to save it only for yourself, you can turn it into something better.

Here’s one article by K. M. Weiland about revising your NaNo novel. K. M. Weiland’s site is also full of other great tips and advice for writing too, so while you’re there, you might check it out!

It’s play week! Get ready to take action with this week’s Story Cube selection. Use one or all of the images to create a story, a poem or a letter to your great-uncle’s hamster. Be creative and have fun!


Happy writing!

Please consider sharing a link to your response to the writing exercise. Got a question? Just ask!

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