Smell of childhood . . . Prompt #369

The smell of childhood. Write about smells from your childhood, or smells from your alter ego’s childhood.  I immediately think of food:  Fresh peaches, just picked strawberries with that earthy smell, piping hot chicken potpie fresh from the oven, just-baked chocolate chip cookies, hot buttery popcorn, s’mores = toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate, crisp graham crackers. Yum! Outdoor smells: Freshly mown grass, river, diesel, ocean, fog, smog, campfire, burning leaves, snow.                                                       

Places to submit

Atlas Obscura

“A publisher of ‘best-in-class journalism about hidden places, incredible history, scientific marvels and gastronomical wonders,’ Atlas Obscura spotlights the weird and wonderful from around the globe.” July/August 2018, Writer’s Digest. How to Pitch Atlas Obscura There are two main sections on Atlas Obscura: the Places database (a.k.a. “The Atlas”) and Stories, which is the home for reported articles. If you are pitching us a write-up of a place that you have visited or heard about, it is probably most suited to be an entry in the Places database. These are crowd-sourced submissions that go through an editorial process before being published. You can read more on how to submit a Place entry here. We generally do not pay for place submissions. For the Stories section, we are seeking original journalism. Stories that will surprise us and article ideas that would never have occurred to us but that we won’t be…


Alter Ego. . . Prompt #368

                                                                             Describe your alter ego: Looks, personality quirks, how does he/she come across? For example, if she/he were speaking on a stage, what would people think of her/him? What did he/she like to do as a child?                                                                               

Places to submit

2018 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

❉ The 2018 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest ❉  The theme for the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is:   “The Magic of  ‘If . . .’    Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five categories: If I Could See The Future If I Could Travel Back In Time If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything If I Believed Anything Was Possible If Money Grew On Trees You may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories. Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.  Entry Forms and Contest Rule can be downloaded: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 21, 2008 Questions—contact Alan Lowe…

Guest Bloggers

Guest Blogger Rachael Herron: Keeping the spark alive.

Guest Blogger, Author Rachael Herron has this to say: Hi readers and writers, You’re an artist in some way. Yes, you. I see you there, hiding there in the back shaking your head. I just like to read books. I’m not creative. What do you do that brings you joy? What do you make? Cookies? Scarves? Do you sing in the car? Do you have a great eye for color? Yes, keep reading. You’re creative, and I’m so glad to talk to you. I’m back from my month off (oh, joy), and I’m so relieved to be back at work (I don’t relax well). I’m currently revising a thriller. It’s a departure for me, and it’s what I’ve wanted to write for years. The 911 dispatcher picks up the phone to find her daughter on the other end of the line, and it’s bad, y’all. I was a dispatcher for…


What era do you identify with? Prompt #366

What time period, or era, do you identify with? Write what your life would be like if you lived then. About the photo: This is a photo of my mother in her tap dance costume, taken in 1945. Those are envelopes and letters she wrote to her mother, circa 1943. The rest of the items are explained in the soon to be released The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections. 🙂   Photo taken by Breana Marie.


Rewriting is writing. Prompt #365

Writing is playing with words and ideas. Writing is rewriting. Sometimes writing is . . . just writing. Today’s writing prompts are about looking at stories through a different lens or from another point of view. Rewrite a fairy tale. Change character details, change where story takes place, change the outcome. Reframe the bad guy into a good guy. Give the protagonist electrifying faults. Or rewrite a folk tale. Switch characters, revolve story around a different moral compass, set the scene in the future. Or reframe a family story. Write a familiar family story from a different point of view. Just Write! Photo by Christina Gleason    


Character Building and Setting Scene. Prompt #364

Set the Scene: Location, Timeframe, Characters Location: Pick one: cruise ship, theme park, bar, parlor, or a location of your choice Timeframe: Current, Past (what year?), Future (what year?) Develop Characters Character #1: Name: Nickname: Personality trait most proud of: How did character get this trait? What do people least like about character? What habit would character like to change? If someone looked in character’s bathroom garbage right now, what would they find: What scent does character like the most, and what does it remind him/her of? What scares the character? Character #2: Answer the same questions for Character #2. Writing Prompt: Use the following words in a conversation between these two characters. The last time –  How dare you –  Explode –  Blame – Fire –  Party –  Light –  Dark – Attitude –  Box –  Present –  Water Photo by Christina Gleason