8 words

popcorn suppress
large wind
motivate exotic
phone hypnotize


The idea of the 8  word prompt is to create a couple of sentences or more using the eight words. Here is what I thought of for this group.



What did you think of this prompt? Leave a comment for me to consider.


One evening I received a phone call from a large bag of popcorn.  The purpose of the call was to motivate me to do something against my nature. However, I was able to suppress the callers wishes, and hypnotize my nemesis by using exotic words sent by the wind.

You could use these 8 words in your entry, or use the prompt generator for another set of words.

I need a name

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Nicole Herzog – German

Potsdamer Platz 38
83504 Wasserburg

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4031 Hoffman Avenue
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10 Questions to ask of your character

Do you know the character in your upcoming story? You as the author should. I have had characters that seem to take on a life of their own as the story develops, and I suppose that is to be expected at times. It makes an interesting story to have a character that will be something that even the author was not expecting. (Imagination is spontaneous, and cannot be planned) So with that said, on with the list.

Question # 1:  Are you male or female?

Question #2: Where do you live? City, State, Country.

Question #3: What is your profession?

Question #4: Do you have a police record?

Question #5: What is your family background?

Question #6: What is your level of education?

Question #7: Do you have any distinguishing physical characteristics?

Question #8: What is your dream occupation?

Question #9: From what do you draw happiness?

Question #10: What is your greatest fear?

These are basic  questions that will give you a good idea  of what your character will be like. There may be others that you have used as well. Please feel free to use these questions to develop your character.

If you have any questions that you would like to share with others that visit this site please put them into the comments section.


barking dog

Every writer needs a starting point

Every writer needs a starting point.

This was an assignment that I had given to my English class. To develop story ideas using the vocabulary words from their unit list. I believe that it is a great way to create a supply of first lines for a short story.



If you don’t push the keys, you won’t have anything on paper.

This is what I developed for the word “DICTION.”

D: Dimes are not my favorite things.

I: Igloos made from Jell-O can be eaten.

C: Cooking hamburgers with a magnifying glass can be time consuming.

T: Tom wrote out the list on his thumb.

I: Inside a watermelon you will find seedy characters.

O: October starts with the letter O.

N: Noodles in your pocket are a great snack.

What first lines could you develop using the word DICTION?

Leave your work in the comments section so others can see your creativity.


How to develop a writing schedule

I would like to share this article that I found to be helpful in developing a schedule to get in the habit of writing.

“Sometimes, as a writer, it’s difficult to think about large, overarching goals when you’re working on a project or planning to start on something new. Thinking, “I’m going to write a novel and have it completed by XX date,” is ambitious. And maybe it’s too much of a reach.

Instead, develop a plan. Write in chunks. Write sections of your novel or story that you find more interesting than others. Challenge yourself, but make your goals and expectations reasonable and attainable, because it will make the payoff satisfying.”


How to Develop a Writing Plan

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