October 13, 2021-October makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a piping hot cup of coffee. There’s something about the temperature dropping, the sound of crunching leaves underfoot, and pumpkins lining front porches, that gets me in the zone for not only reading a cute cozy romance but to write as well. The writing challenge for today is simple yet beautiful.
Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, write a 1500 word short story about coffee. It can be in any genre you choose. Will you write about the taste and smell of freshly ground beans? Will you write about how coffee gives you superpowers? Will you write about an encounter in a coffee shop around the corner from your house? Will you write about the historic discovery of coffee on the Ethiopian plateau? The sky is the limit!
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September 14, 2020– It seems that in our part of the world (North America), that fall is here! The weather has changed drastically almost overnight, and there has been a decrease in temperature that is downright chilly. This time of year brings such a change in nature, and I fully embrace the season with all of my senses.
The writing prompt for today is Autumn. When I think of Autumn I think of:
- Leaves changing colour to orange, brown, rust, gold, and red
- Apple cider/apple picking
- Pumpkins/pumpkin patch
- Blankets, sweaters, fuzzy socks, and scarves
- A good book
- Warm drinks and artisan coffee
Here’s an easy writing exercise to get you in the mood for fall:
- Make a list of everything that reminds you of Autumn.
- Use the list you’ve made to write a 500-word short story, poem, or journal entry.
- Submit your story to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on our blog on Thursday, October 1st!
July 4, 2018- First, let me say Happy Fourth of July to all of my American friends; I hope that you’re enjoying lots of celebrations!
We all spend a lot of time in public. Writers do too even though there is a common misconception that we never leave the confines of the same four walls because we are chained to our desks writing the next great Canadian/American novel. I think the difference is that authors listen carefully when they’re around other people. We have to because that’s where ideas come from.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used a real-life conversation that I’ve overheard somewhere in one of my books. Whether it’s in line waiting for coffee, in line at the bank, or hanging out at the airport, there is always a massive amount of inspiration that is ready to be harvested. A particular conversation in my psychological thriller, Obsessed with Her, is a real-life conversation that I overheard in Starbucks one day while I was writing. That’s why it’s so imperative to always be prepared and carry some kind of writing utensil with you and something to write on because you never know when inspiration will strike like lightning! Worst case scenario you can whip out your cell phone and jot down some notes to implement into your writing later.
People often ask me if I write about real people in my novels. The answer is complicated and a sort of yes, but no. I take inspiration from people who I interact with, but the whole character is not based on them. Individual characteristics, oddities, and quirks often make it into the book, and if the person is unusual in the way that they speak, stand, or look, it’s definitely making it into my writing.
So, for every person who asks if I’m writing about them, I am.
December 11, 2017- I love to start Monday mornings by drinking coffee and writing things that are outside of what I’m currently working on. I think that writing prompts are important for expanding ourselves as writers and that reading and writing things that are outside of our genres is essential for growth. Today we have a picture that I love because it’s so refreshing. The premise of this exercise is to write a couple of pages, a paragraph, or whatever length you want, about said picture, and today’s particular image can have so many themes! My head is spinning with ideas already:) Happy writing!