20 Easy Poetry Writing Prompts and Exercises

20 Easy Poetry Writing Prompts and Exercises

Although I mostly write fiction now, I started out writing poems. My MFA is even in poetry. I’ve taught beginning poetry workshops at university and also in some fairly unusual settings. I know a lot of people can use ideas for poems, poetry writing prompts, … Continue Reading →
50 Young Adult Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts

50 Young Adult Plot Ideas and Writing Prompts

I love thinking about plot ideas and idea starters for novels, short stories, and other fiction. I’ve already done lists of master plots and writing prompts for fantasy, romance, science fiction, mystery, and horror (or just plain spooky stories.) In the past couple of months, … Continue Reading →
Self-Care for Healthy Writers

Self-Care for Healthy Writers

Many people think of writing as an easy job. Stare out the window. Sip your coffee. Type out a fabulous scene. And there’s some truth to that! Writing can be really enjoyable. I’d never do it if that weren’t the case. But there are some … Continue Reading →
50 Fight Scene Writing Prompts and Ideas

50 Fight Scene Writing Prompts and Ideas

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I did a writing prompts post, so I thought I’d do one that could be useful to writers of thrillers, crime novels, fantasy novels, and even romance and science fiction novels with strong action elements. If you’re new … Continue Reading →
How To Describe Settings – and Why It Matters

How To Describe Settings – and Why It Matters

Writing descriptively scenery and surroundings comes more naturally to some writers than others. If you’re wondering why your novel is too short or moving too fast, that’s sometimes due to a lack of character development or to the plot itself. Sometimes, though, it’s caused by … Continue Reading →