Writing Sparks: May 2012

It’s a new month, and you know what that means!  It’s time to get busy with new writing projects. Warm up your writing muscles with these inspirational offerings for May. There’s something for everyone– fiction, nonfiction, even a little fun. Use the ideas individually, or mix and match them as your muse sees fit.


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Query Spark: In the editorial world, publications with a six-month lead will welcome ideas for their November issues. In the U.S., Election Day is November 6th, so think politics. You might also query ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers, and holiday survival.

Character Spark: Invent a character inspired by this self-descriptive quote from Marilyn Monroe: “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” 

Story Spark: What if you were making a movie about the zombie apocalypse and, while you were filming, a real zombie apocalypse started?

Setting Spark: In honor of this month’s Kentucky Derby, write a story that takes place in the infield at Churchill Downs. It may or may not involve zombies.

Fun Spark: I ran across this dog intelligence test the other day, and thought it might be fun to do a reversal. Imagine an “Owner intelligence test” from the POV of a pet (cat, dog, ferret, or other creature).

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  2. […] is the time to pitch Thanksgiving ideas their way for next year.  It is possible to pitch May and November ideas to the same publication at the same […]

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