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Writing Sparks: September 2014

September

 

Welcome to another month of creativity! It’s time to wear the thinking caps and start generating a new batch of ideas. Are you ready? Mix and match these prompts and see where your muse takes you.

Query Spark

In the land of six month lead times, September translates to March. All things Suessian are popular in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. March is also National Nutrition Month. Some ideas to explore: picky eaters, reviews of healthy cookbooks, the pros and cons of dietary supplements and quizzes with a healthy eating focus.

Story Spark

In light of all the ALS ice bucket challenges that popped up everywhere in August, I thought it might be fun if this month’s story prompt revolved around a public challenge of some sort. Let your character challenge a friend (or rival) to a series of escalating stunts.

Character Spark

Daddy’s Grrrl.

Setting Spark

Dump your protagonist into an abandoned place like those in pictures curated on Fallen Silent‘s Facebook page.

Productivity Spark

Those of you who follow along on Facebook may remember this one, but it is such a great tip, I thought it worth repeating.  It’s  Robin Sharma’s 90-90-1 rule and I found it at 99u.com. What it means is this: For the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of each day working toward a single goal. Last year I started devoting the first two hours of my work day to ME projects, the things I’d really like to accomplish, before devoting the rest of the day to paying clients. By giving myself permission to work on my goals every single day, I totally recharged my creative energy. Give it a try and see what you think.

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