Unlock the Muse – February 25, 2020

We’re two months into 2020 and – hopefully – we’re making huge strides toward accomplishing the goal we established at the beginning. We have a plan, and we’re going to town on it, right?

Maybe not? Life and other obligations have risen up in the way of working on my goals. Things like work and children, birthday parties and sleepovers and pot lucks. Fortunately, the things I’m up against are good, positive things. I knew they’d come up, and I attempted to plan for them.

This week, take a good look at how things are going so far. Are you still moving forward toward your goal? Be honest with yourself and make sure you’re working on the right goal. Now is the time to evaluate your progress so far and decide if you can realistically accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Do you need to step it up a notch? Or maybe you need to dial it back a little.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

A character’s regional, ethnic and socioeconomic background will to some extent determine what vocabulary he uses. List a few of your main characters and five words that they would use.

If there isn’t a specific reason for all, or most of your characters to have a similar background, this sort of exercise can help you develop distinguishing traits for each character. This can give them voices distinct from each other, and make your stories more interesting.

It’s play week. During Planning month. Therefore, here’s your roll of the Rory’s Story Cubes, Action edition, along with a plan:


  • Step One: Roll! (Okay, I did that one for you. You’re on your own for the rest!)
  • Step Two: Examine the images. If you find yourself inspired by one or all of the images, proceed to Step Three. Feeling uninspired? Skip to Step Four.
  • Step Three: Write, using one, four, all of the images, for however long the muse leads you.
  • Step Four: Choose a pair of images that seem to have nothing to do with one another. Write for ten minutes putting both images into a single scene.

Happy writing!

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