All posts tagged: prose

“The Hydra Effect”: 3 Ways to Manage Multiple Plot Conflicts

“When writing, don’t try and figure out every aspect of the story in the beginning. Know where you are, have an idea of where you are going, but for goodness sake, DON’T RUSH AHEAD!” Sage advice? I’d say so. I’ve had to tell myself this many times before. Plots are tricky. A good plot will keep the reader engaged. A great plot will keep the writer on the edge of their own seat. For this reason, it’s important that you take your creative time. Don’t try to solve every problem or knot that presents itself. You are going to have some questions at the beginning of each story that don’t have immediate answers. This is true of our real lives as well. When we jump ahead and start trying to break down conflicts that are not presently relevant in our plot line, we end up causing our own “writer’s blocks.” Not only this but as you answer these plot questions and conflicts, you will find that you have engaged in what I am calling (Insert …

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. …