This one comes straight from Laura Whitcomb. I'm just gonna quote it: Set a timer and write as fast as you can about the scene for ten minutes. This is your heartstorm. Don't overthink it. Don't think at all. Feel the scene, the emotions, the sensations, the wonder. Don't judge what comes out of you. … Continue reading Scene Prompt #8: The HeartStorm
This one comes from Steven James. Think of the scene you want to work on. Now, from the perspective of the scene's point-of-view character: Tell us what went wrong. That's it. Books Mentioned in this Post That's it for me!
Think of the most important object in your story. It could be the thing all the characters want that drives the story or just an item that acts as a metaphor--or both!--or anything in between. Start by describing the object's physicality and history from your protagonist's point of view. Then go into what it means … Continue reading Scene Prompt #3: The MacGuffin
This one comes from Hemingway. I have this quote written on a post-it note next to my monitor. When I'm having trouble getting into a scene, I use it as a mantra: Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. … Continue reading Scene Prompt #2: One true sentence
I got this prompt from a book by Laura Deutsch. To prep for this writing prompt, imagine your point-of-view character in the scene you're working on. Take a mental snapshot . . . Better yet, google "guy sitting on bus" or "lady posturing before a fight" or whatever your character is doing, click the "images" … Continue reading Scene Prompt #1: The still shot