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Writing Sparks: March 2014

It’s time to start generating new ideas for March. Are you ready? Mix and match these prompts and see where your muse takes you.

QUERY SPARK

Are you ready to time travel? This month editors with a six month lead time are looking for pitches to fill their September issues. Fall travel destinations and road trips are perennial favorites.. It’s also a good time to think about fall harvest and recipes for seasonal foods, like apples and blackberries. In history, September 14th is another date to keep in mind. It marks the 200th anniversary of The Star- Spangled Banner. (Patriotic song round-ups anyone?)

STORY SPARK

A photographer gets a surprise while stalking a celebrity.

CHARACTER SPARK

A retired athlete.

SETTING SPARK

A lighthouse in a daytime thunderstorm.

PRODUCTIVITY SPARK

For one week, keep track of how you spend your day. Look for little pockets of hidden (and unused) writing time. Do you really need two hours of TV? Can you find a way to write while waiting in the pick-up line at school?

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