Unlocking the Muse – Introducing a New Weekly Inspiration & Resource for Writers

I’ve been giving a lot of thought over the last couple of months to my weekly writing prompt post. I have never been truly happy with the name Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge. It doesn’t really convey what I hope this challenge will be for myself and other writers. And the tag #WWPChallenge sounds more like some sort of wrestling event.

The purpose of these writing prompts is two-fold. First, it should be fun. Writing is hard work, but there should always be the element of fun, or it no longer feels worth doing. Second, it is to inspire ideas. Sometimes the idea well runs slow, and prompts and exercises such as these are designed to prime the pump. It may not turn into anything. Or it could be your next big thing. It might be the key you were looking for to fill a hole in your plot. It just might be the very thing you need to unlock your muse.

Therefore, I am reinventing this weekly post. It has a new name: Unlock the Muse. A new cover photo (courtesy of Pixabay). And a new format designed to inspire, encourage and equip your writing.

Inspire:
This weekly Unlock the Muse post will have three parts. First, the usual writing prompt you’ve come to expect each week. As always, this will be a random writing exercise designed to get ideas flowing and put words on the page. Whenever possible, I’ll include some ideas on how the exercise might be valuable. Writing exercises aren’t the same for everyone, but they’re only intended to be a spark.

Encourage:
The second part of the post will include either a nugget of writing inspiration from a favorite author, or a snippet of wisdom gleaned from whatever writing craft book I’m reading at the time. I’m always reading one in hopes I might learn something worthwhile from those who’ve been in the business of writing much longer than I have. Currently, I am working on This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley. It seems an appropriate book to start the new year.

Equip:
I’ll conclude each post with a question and answer. I invite you to ask me a writing-related question, and I will do my best to find an answer. For now, questions should be about my specific writing process or questions about grammar and language usage (English language only, please). Keep in mind, unless the question is about a specific rule of grammar, the answer will be my opinion, and should not be taken as the absolute and only right answer.

It’s your turn now. What sort of writing exercises work best for you? Who are your favorite writers and writing craft books? Do you have a question about a tricky grammar issue, or just want to know my writing process? Leave a comment below!

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Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge, December 27, 2017

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! Join me in finding inspiration in unexpected places. Each week I post a new prompt intended to spark ideas for whatever writing project you’re working on—a journal entry, a poem, a short story. The possibilities are endless!

If you wish, consider sharing a link to your response in the comments below. Please be respectful with anything you post, and thanks for playing along! Happy writing!

How did you get your first job? If you’re not there now, why not?

Have fun. Be creative. And let’s write more words!

What are your writing goals for 2018? Write more? Finish that novel? Try poetry, or script writing? Whatever your goals, my hope is that you’ll find new inspiration along with me with this weekly writing exercise. Join me in 2018 as we Unlock the Muse!

Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge, December 20, 2017

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! Join me in finding inspiration in unexpected places. Each week I post a new prompt intended to spark ideas for whatever writing project you’re working on—a journal entry, a poem, a short story. The possibilities are endless!

If you wish, consider sharing a link to your response in the comments below. Please be respectful with anything you post, and thanks for playing along! Happy writing!

Take 10 photos from your camera – the last 10, or 10 chosen at random – print them, and paste them into a journal (or use an electronic alternative), and write clever or humorous captions about each photo.

Have fun. Be creative. And let’s write more words!

New year, new look, new name! This weekly writing challenge is getting an upgrade in January. Watch for more details next week!

Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge, December 13, 2017

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! Join me in finding inspiration in unexpected places. Each week I post a new prompt intended to spark ideas for whatever writing project you’re working on—a journal entry, a poem, a short story. The possibilities are endless!

If you wish, consider sharing a link to your response in the comments below. Please be respectful with anything you post, and thanks for playing along! Happy writing!

Create a list of your characters’ motivations. Write the name of the character, his/her immediate goal and ultimate motivation.

Have fun. Be creative. And let’s write more words!

Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge is getting a new look! Watch for updates coming in January.

Writing Prompt Challenge for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! Now that NaNoWriMo is over again for another year, I’m back to posting a weekly writing prompt.

Join me in finding inspiration in unexpected places. Each week I’ll post a new prompt intended to spark ideas for whatever writing project you’re working on—a journal entry, a poem, a short story. The possibilities are endless!

If you wish, consider sharing a link to your response in the comments below. Please be respectful with anything you post, and thanks for playing along! Happy writing!

How are you feeling today? Assess your mood in words. Be as creative as possible. Personify the emotion, dress it or engage it in a dialogue.

Have fun. Be creative. And let’s write more words!

Changes are coming soon to this weekly writing challenge. Stay tuned!

Nov 29, 2017: Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge – NaNoWriMo Edition

Welcome to the NaNoWriMo edition of the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! I know not all of you participate in National Novel Writing Month, but I do. So my focus this month is on writing a novel in 30 days.

To that end, I’ve selected a bit of inspiration to help myself and other writers through the madness that is NaNoWriMo. This week, it’s one of my favorite writing related quotes:

You only fail if you stop writing.
Ray Bradbury

Two more days remain in November. No matter where you’re at with your word count. Just don’t stop writing. Keep going until the end. You can do this!

Check in below with your current NaNo word count, or share your favorite writing affirmation. Let’s write more words!

Happy writing!

Nov 15, 2017: Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge – NaNoWriMo Edition

Welcome to the NaNoWriMo edition of the Wednesday Writing Prompt Challenge! I know not all of you participate in National Novel Writing Month, but I do. So my focus this month will be on writing a novel in 30 days.

To that end, I’ve selected a bit of inspiration to help myself and other writers through the madness that is NaNoWriMo.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Nelson Mandela

We’ve arrived at the midway point where doubt and discouragement begin to creep in. Don’t give in! As impossible as it feels right now, November isn’t over yet.

Check in below with your current NaNo word count, or share your favorite writing affirmation. Let’s write more words!

Happy writing!