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WELCOME TO THE WRITING TIPS AND PROMPTS PAGE.

This is a Party of Participation. Ever heard the scripture, Proverbs 27:17 that says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”? Or in other translations, “A friend sharpens another.”

I would like to think we are all friends here and that this creative gift of ours brings us together and helps us to develop. This section of ICFTS is about that, bring you, my friends, into a place of personal growth as well a communal growth.

HOW IT WORKS: Participate in each Prompt/Exercise at your own pace. When you have completed an exercise, post a link to your blog entry in the “Comments” area below the prompt you’ve completed.

Also as you post your entry on your personal blog INCLUDE A LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG for others to follow. Offer advice, thoughts, and experiences with each prompt/exercise that you have participated in.

JUST HAVE FUN: Remember creativity is a gift and it is a gift meant to be enjoyed. Take the craft seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously. We are all works in progress and stumbling is a part of growth. Laugh, cry, and fly!

I look forward to creative with you 🙂

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

“3rds”: Creative Writing Prompt #AmWriting #Story #CreativeWritingPrompt

There is nothing like a good writing prompt to help get your muse muscling along. I, for one, enjoy those with a time limit as well as quirky rules to follow. This one is called “Thirds.” TIME LIMIT: 20min (This is from the moment you put your pen to the pad or start typing…and yes, we are under an honor system here.) DESCRIPTION: Music is a big part of our inspiration. We all listen to music. But how much does music shape the art that we go forth to create? Are we conscious of its effects on us, and if so (if you weren’t before) how can we take this knowledge and harness this inspiration to create something fresh and authentic and on purpose? RULES: Choose the album that you are currently listening to or listening to the most, and select the 3rd track on the album. Play the track over 3 times. Get a hold of the lyrics, go to the 3rd stanza/verse and then select the 3rd line. (If your song does not …

Writing Prompt 2: All I Need

Originally posted on I came for the soup…:
Writing Prompt: All I need TIME LIMIT: 20-25min (Give yourself and additional 3 to 5 min for parts 1 and 2. The less time you have the more honest you will be with your answers.) CHALLENGE:  Imagine it is the end of the world as you know it. (You can take this figuratively or literally…its your world after all.) You have limited time to flee to safety and you have limited space. You can only carry up to 5 of the most important things you will need to survive. NO MORE THAN 5. What is it that you will carry with you? RULES: Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you would NOT be able to survive without. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED AT ALL.  Trash the list under point 1. Now take the list of Absolutely unnecessary items and write a poem/short short story about why you or your character just can’t…

Writing Prompt 1 “3rds”

Originally posted on I came for the soup…:
Original Graphic by Candice Coates ? TIME LIMIT: 20min (This is from the moment you put your pen to the pad or start typing…and yes, we are under an honor system here.) DESCRIPTION: Music is a big part of our inspiration. We all listen to music. But how much does music shape the art that we go forth to create? Are we conscious of its affects on us, and if so (if you weren’t before) how can we take this knowledge and harness this inspiration to create something fresh and authentic and on purpose? RULES: Choose the cd that you are currently listening to/find yourself listening to the most, select the 3rd track on that cd. Play the track over 3 times Get hold of the lyrics, go to the 3rd stanza/verse and then select the 3rd line. (If your song does not have such stanza’s then just grab the 3rd line in the verse) Weave a story or poem of your own around this 3rd verse…

Heads, Tails, Center: Writing Prompt June 10th

Hello friends! It’s been a long time since I have created and shared a Writing Prompt (besides Monday’s Muse) but there is no time like the  present than to rectify that! Title: Heads, Tails, Center Rules: (You will need a piece of paper, a penny and a pen for this exercise…and a clock.) Using the picture above, create three columns on your piece of paper, one titled Heads, Center and Tails. In the Heads column, writing down 10 things you LIKE about the image. In the Tails column, write down 10 things you DON’T LIKE In the Center column write down 5 things to improve the picture and 5 things to make it worse. Now comes the penny: Do a coin toss. If the penny lands on Heads, start writing your prompt with the first item/thought in the Heads column. If Tails, the same rule applies After 3 to 5 minutes flip the coin again to add in another item from one of your columns NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A REPEAT OF YOUR FIRST COIN TOSS AS …

Writing Prompt: Did Somebody Say Murder?!

  Writing Prompt Time: 20-45min RULES: Imagine you are the number one suspect in a murder investigation, (it can be old west, intergalactic, whatever), but all the investigators are concerned about, and keep asking you about is why you are wearing the color BLUE. *This prompt can be serious or quirky, it really is a matter of your imagination. Cheers! And as always, REMEMBER, if you participate in the challenge, please add a link back to this page and share your results! I shall have my results posted next Tuesday.

Writing Prompt: The First Line

  TIME LIMIT: 30min CHALLENGE: The opening line of every story, and ever poem, every movie, etcetera, is one that gives the audience a sample of what is to come. It sets the stage for the characters and presents the tension or laughter that awaits those who are following along within our imaginations. When we write (when I write) I do my best to make sure that the first line hooks my readers. But what if you don’t have control over WHAT that first line says, or for that matter the LAST line either? In this challenge you are to use 30 minutes or less to write a story or a poem using both a generic opening line as well as ending line.  Let’s get our jars out once again! RULES: *note* have each group prepared before you begin drawing from the jar(s) this way your drawing process will be more authentic and random. 1.  Put 5 nouns in a jar. Example: She, He, The Cat etc. 2. Next 5 words like IS, WAS, HAS …

Writing Exercise: “Say again”

  I don’t know about you, but it really grinds my nerves when I am immersed in a wonderfully written story only to get distracted by the authors usage of a cliches and predictable  metaphors. These things are like jarring fists to the brain…at least in my opinion. Worst of all, as a writer myself, sometimes I am guilty of doing this; “Stick out like a sore thumb,” “One fell swoop,” “Cry over spilled milk” “Like a bat out of hell.” I think you get the picture. (Yet another overused cliche  to drive home the point. ) ARRRGGGH! It just keeps happening!” In this Writing Exercise to do exactly what the picture to the left says; stop, look, listen…and Beware of trains. Yes, trains, the cliches and overused metaphors are TRAINS! They are dangerous when not driven with care. But stop and think about what you are saying. Look at the imagery that you are creating, and listen to what it is that you have finished saying. EXERCISE: 1. Take the time and choose an …

Writing Prompt: Person, Place and Thing

Writing Prompt: Person, Place & Thing TIME LIMIT: 45 min to 50 min CHALLENGE: Nouns are such lovely things…or not things 😉 In this challenge we will gather random nouns and in 45 minutes create a poem or short story involving them. If you need any help with your choices visit my Pinterest page for some help. Follow the LINK. I have a collection of places to choose from, found on my “places of inspiration” board.  The Challenge sounds obvious but I assure you there is a bit of fun involved. RULES: Persons: Choose 5 names. Make up 5 names, male and female for  a total of 5 altogether. Write them down on five pieces of paper and set them in a pile. (or gather 5 images of people off the net that peak your interest, and put their images in a pile. (Make sure the contents of each page is hidden from your view.) Places: Choose 5 places and write them down on 5 slips of paper and set those in a pile. (Think …

Writing Prompt 2: All I Need

Writing Prompt: All I need TIME LIMIT: 20-25min (Give yourself and additional 3 to 5 min for parts 1 and 2. The less time you have the more honest you will be with your answers.) CHALLENGE:  Imagine it is the end of the world as you know it. (You can take this figuratively or literally…its your world after all.) You have limited time to flee to safety and you have limited space. You can only carry up to 5 of the most important things you will need to survive. NO MORE THAN 5. What is it that you will carry with you? RULES: Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you would NOT be able to survive without. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED AT ALL.  Trash the list under point 1. Now take the list of Absolutely unnecessary items and write a poem/short short story about why you or your character just can’t live in a world without these 5 items. …

Writing Exercise 1:”Crystal Clear”

“Crystal Clear.” When I hear that phrase, apart from the understanding that something is presented without any room for confusion, the first thought that comes to mind is water.  This writing exercise is about the marriage of the two; clarity and water, woven around the basic idea of using our words wisely and carefully. TIME: 14 Days. DESCRIPTION: Learn how to choose your words wisely. Too many words can be distracting. Too few words can be confusing. This exercise is about training yourself to know when to use less vs more, and still maintain the impactful clarity that your writing needs to grip its readers without distracting them from the main plot. INSTRUCTIONS: For this writing exercise, choose an image involving water. I have collected several that can be found on my “Art” board on my Pinterest Page for you to use if you would like or you can obtain your own. Next, take no more than 5 minutes to study the image that you have chosen. After such time write down the clearest description …