I’m always a bit jealous of writers who talk about how they can’t keep up with all the fiction ideas they have. For whatever reason, that’s not the way my mind works.
However, I can make a story out of just about anything. I do very well with writing prompts. My mind draws connections very easily. So I guess when god closes a door, it's worth two in the bush.
A writing instructor once told me that one way to drive a story is to give your characters secrets. The secret can be revealed during the course of the story or not; maybe not to the other characters, maybe not even to the reader. But the secret will give the character motivation and depth.
It struck me, then, that the website Post Secret is a weekly gift of amazing writing prompts. I save the ones that interest me, then look for ties between them. Each card gives you an image prompt and a sentence prompt in one neat little jpeg. They really stoke the imagination. A number of my stories are filed with their accompanying postcards.
Now that I’ve given away one of my most valuable writing secrets, I’ve been reduced as a character.
I’m sick. Sales have gone in the wrong direction. I just started the job search, which is depressing when you have almost no skills.
So this review by Jay Krow was just what I needed today. Thanks Jay!