Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?

Looking for something to spark your creative juices? Try using  inspirational quotes.

I personally don't believe in "writer's block," but  I do believe in helping the creative juices flow when needed. I call it "priming the pump."

Miracles happen in moments. Be ready and willing. -Wayne Dyer inspirational quote.

One way to tickle the writer brain is to begin with something on which to focus. How about trying an inspirational quote?  Here's how it works: Continue reading "Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?"


Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill

If you're not a writer, this may surprise you. If you are an author who has ever tried to craft a synopsis for your novel or novella, you'll know this pain.

Writing a synopsis is almost harder than writing the novel itself.

Last year I was finishing up They All Died Smiling in preparation for getting it ready to pitch to an agent. By the way,  4months later, not a word from the agent. Still waiting But I digress.

I had to prepare a brief letter and a 1 page synopsis. FOr the uninitiated, this is a summary of the store, including the resolution at the end. It's supposed to cover the highlights quickly so a publisher or agent can decide if it's the sort of thing they want to see.

It's HARD. Did I mention that?

I have yet to find an author who enjoys writing them for their own book. I can help someone else write THEIRS with no sweat. Doing mine is a different matter.

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I took a haiku class from author and speaker Jan Morrill last fall. Now, I don't write a lot of poetry, but 17 syllables I figured I could handle. She made haiku relevant for non-poets. If you missed my article about how valuable her workshop was, you can read "How Can Haiku Help Your Writing."

One of her BRILLIANT suggestions that would never have occurred to me was to write a haiku summarizing your book. While this would not replace the 1-pager publishers and agents want, it can serve as a great book blurb or elevator pitch that you might even put in the letter accompanying the submission.

I invite YOU to share a haiku of your novel or novella in the comments! The typical haiku form is as follows: 3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5. Continue reading "Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill"


Writing Prompts: How Can Haiku Help Your Writing?

Have you heard of haiku? Maybe you remember it from your language arts classes at school.

I've seen it. I've written some upon occasion outside of academic necessity for a grade. Recently, author Jan Morrill taught a workshop that helped me hone my poetry writing skills  and opened my eyes to a variety of ways to use Haiku to help my other writing.

What is Haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that traditionally has 17 syllables across 3 lines. The typical pattern is 5-7-5. haiku are generally about nature.

I remember that much from my English classes, which is what my school district called language arts.

Beyond the Nature 5-7-5

Beyond the brevity, I learned from Jan Morrill that haiku should capture a moment. While nature inspires much haiku, anything in life can find its way into one of those tight little gems.

"Haiku captures a moment."

- Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono, Life: Haiku by Haiku, and other books

Haiku as Writing Prompt

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Need Writing Inspiration? How to Find Out What People Are Seeking And Buying

if you're a writer, and especially if you blog, aren't you constantly looking for writing inspiration? There's always that next blog post, article or book chapter to craft.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

It's too easy to share what you ThINK people are seeking instead of what they really, really want. So many would-be authors want to write a book about some topic that is so far beyond what the reader even knows to consider. They'll say their reader wants X but have no dat. This quote perfectly lays out the issue.

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities"-- Daniel FUturman. see original article sourceDAniel

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities. " - Daniel Futurman quote

How Do You KNOW What People Want to See

Most people hate market research. I think of it as a treasure hunt! This song lyric has important implications for authors who want to grow your audience: Continue reading "Need Writing Inspiration? How to Find Out What People Are Seeking And Buying"


Guest Post: 20 Sentences by Jan Morrill

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This post is part of a collaborative blogathon by authors of Oghma Creative Media during the month of February. Knowing many of these authors and their writing, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something that will make you laugh and learn. We’d love for you to visit, and if you so desire, comment, like or share!  

We're sharing the other bloggers as well as contributing articles and stories of our own.

This post is by Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono.  I will be reviewing her book soon. She shares a writing prompt or creativity prompt you might like to try. See original source.

Take it away, Jan!

Oghmaniacal Blogathon: Twenty Sentences

Steve and I did a fun and interesting writing exercise together some time ago. I meant to write a post about it then, but as often happens, life got in the way. I forgot.

But lucky for me, while searching my computer for another file, I came across these sentences and now I have a post idea for this sunny, but frigid Monday morning!

Our little writing project began after listening to a few of the twelve hours (yes, twelve hours) of The Great Courses audio program on “Building Great Sentences” :

Great writing begins—and ends—with the sentence.

Whether two words (“Jesus wept.”) or a sentence in William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight.

By the way, here’s one of those Faulker long sentences:

From a little after two o’clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called the office because her father had called it that — a dim hot airless room with the blinds all closed and fastened for forty-three summers because when she was a girl someone had believed that light and moving air carried heat and that dark was always cooler, and which (as the sun shone fuller and fuller on that side of the house) became latticed with yellow slashes filled with dust motes which Quentin thought of as being of the dead old dried paint itself blown inward from the scaling blinds as wind might have blown them.

Personally, I think sentences can be too long. I lose my train of thought and have to start over again. But perhaps that’s more a judgement on myself and my reading abilities that it is of the author.

It appears I’ve meandered away from talking about our writing prompt. Here’s what we did:

  1. We wrote the first twenty sentences that came to mind, with little thought about those sentences.
  2. We then picked a few of those sentences and lengthened them according to some of the guidelines discussed in the “Building Great Sentences” audio course.

So, here are the twenty sentences I first wrote. The sentences I chose to expand are in blue:

  1. I love dogs.
  2. Driving makes me happy.
  3. Blue used to be my favorite color.
  4. I’m hungry for a bear claw.
  5. We’ve missed three episodes of 24.
  6. Not sure when I’ll exercise regularly again.
  7. I need an oil change.
  8. I can’t wait for Santa Fe.
  9. Tommy’s smile is the sweetest.
  10. Family above all else?
  11. Let’s paint something.
  12. I miss the ocean.
  13. The wind whispers secrets to me.
  14. What does Scarborough Fair mean?
  15. Soon I’ll be moving again.
  16. I’ve had a good life.
  17. What’s new for today?
  18. I have more than one secret.
  19. I have much to be grateful for.
  20. Maybe we’ll get a dog soon.

And here are the expanded sentences I wrote:

jan and jubieI love dogs, though I’m not sure if it’s the memory of dogs that I love after nine months of not seeing my beloved Jubie and Bear, which, as I think about it, is long enough to have brought a new life into this world, though not long enough to lose memories that can still bring tears to my eyes.

Blue used to be my favorite color, until one day I realized I don’t have to be limited to only one, because why shouldn’t we be allowed a multitude of favorite colors out of the thousands that exist in the world, and so, today, I love azure blue and eggplant purple and taupe and shocking pink and…

jackWe’ve missed three episodes of 24, a show I’d waited for three years to return, but when at last it did, I’d found someone to replace Kiefer Sutherland, a man who takes me on adventures I’d once only dreamed about, and who entertains me so, I forget to turn the television on.

“I need an oil change” was just another thought that popped into my head as I wrote these twenty sentences, and it was true in the literal sense, until I read the one sentence in the context of the twenty, and then I wondered, with a bit of trepidation, if instead it was meant to be a metaphor because feeling rather creaky and old lately, perhaps an oil change would help me run anew.

Tommy's smileTommy’s smile is the sweetest, his grin so big it crinkles his nose, so full of happiness it trickles through to his arms and legs until they flail with joy, so ready to be shared it overflows and spills onto whoever is lucky enough to catch the contagious joy of  a child.

Let’s paint something, meet in a room with bright colors and brushes, where we’ll work together but separately, talking as we paint, until, hours later we have created more than one masterpiece.

I miss the ocean, but when I see the boundless blue complexion of the sea, smell her salty aroma, hear all that she whispers to me, I realize she is like a dear friend, who, though I may not have seen for years, makes me feel like I never left her side.

I have more than one secret, though to some, I don’t have many secrets and to a very few, I have none, which is a wonderful, freeing feeling compared to the weight of secrets I shared with hardly a soul in the past.

These were first draft sentences. Some need some polish and refining. Still, I think they are so much richer than the first twenty. Maybe that’s why I like editing so much. My first draft is like sketching in pencil. The editing is like adding the color and texture.

Give this exercise a try. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Thank you, Jan!

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Writing Prompt: Let Music Inspire Your Short Story

Writers write. Every day. even when I'm into a long project, I like to write short stories. They provide a nice change of scenery, so to speak, and they let me step out of the larger work for a short time, which often brings fresh energy and perspective.

Try this writing prompt and see what you can create!

Follow your BLISS,

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Reshared post from +Karen Woodward

Writing Prompt
"Using your favorite lyrical song as inspiration, write a short story of three to five paragraphs. Bonus points for capturing the feel as well as the general message of the song in your writing."



What Chocolate Goes with My Favorite Books? The Books and Chocolate Blog Hop

The Chocolate Book Tour

Have you ever participated in a blog hop before? This is my first time like THIS. Each participant shares our favorite books and what chocolates would go with them. It's usually chocolate and wine, but I just drink wine from a box and am both clueless about wines and not a big fan of them, so I'm sticking to chocolates for the most part. The Chocolate Blog Hop It all started with Greta Boris.Greta tagged Rossandra White.

Picture 4 (2)-2Greta Boris is the author of The Wine and Chocolate Workout – Eat, Drink, and Lose Weight as well as forging the path for a new fiction genre, cozy horror. Go to for a free copy of her latest short story:  FAT – A Ghost Story. and sinfully great tips for living happy and healthy. (Available on Amazon.)

I hope you enjoy my additions to the tour!

Ronda's Book + Chocolate Picks

This reminds me of shopping on Amazon. Here are some of my favorite books and their "people who like this book would enjoy..." treats. Continue reading "What Chocolate Goes with My Favorite Books? The Books and Chocolate Blog Hop"


Writing Prompts: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Writing Prompts to Spark Creativity: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Writing prompts can get your writing juices flowing. Since the project is short, it won't take you away from your book. You may find that writing something in 100 words is just what you need to wake up the creativity within you.

Hen In Snow


by Ronda Del Boccio

We instinctively feel the danger. We cackle and run under the nearest bush, tree or shelter where death cannot take us. From my hiding place, I look at the empty yard. Relief! Nobody will die today.

Peeping in the tall grass. The babies! I rush toward them, cover them with my body and wings.

Hawk soars down, down, down. Big sharp talons stretched to kill. I will give my life for the babies.

Heavy weight lands on me, flies away. I feel a harsh prick. Stunned, I cannot move. Peeping from below rouses me.

I live! Hawk hunts.

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For me, writing fiction is great fun. Your story can be fiction or nonfiction. Whatever pleases YOU and serves you.

LIFE itself provides wonderful fodder for creativity. Your own consciousness richly provides you with plenty of material.

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6 Word Memoirs Writing Prompts: What Is Your Best Advice in 6 Words?

I've just discovered 6 word memoirs this week and I'm enthralled! Why?

Because writing prompts can be a really fun and USEFUL way to get creative juices flowing, I'm entering a writing contest that asks for 6 word memoirs on several topics relevant to writing.

inspiration: 6 word memoirs writing prompts

What I love about 6 word memoirs as writing prompts is that you aren't spending a lot of time writing something you feel may be a 'waste of time" (even though I personally believe NO writing is a waste of time!)

Writing Prompts Play Time!

Even busy people can take a minute to write 6 words, so let's have it! Give your BEST advice you would share with your readers/customers in your book - in just 6 words. Add it as a comment below.