June 15th Writing Prompts

It’s time again for writing challenges. Even if you don’t bring yours to share with the group, try one of them just for yourself.

If you want to try using one or all of the words in a sentence, paragraph, short piece, these are the words for June: cheese – slippers – club – stool – garlic

Here are the writing prompt ideas:

  • If you could go back in time anywhere, where and when would you go and why?
  • What commercial on TV do you dislike beyond all others? (No political ads) What about it is particularly annoying to you?
  • What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
  • Describe a bully you have run into during your life.
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May 18th Writing Prompts

It’s time again for writing challenges. Even if you don’t bring yours to share with the group, try one of them just for yourself.

If you want to try using one or all of the words in a sentence, paragraph, short piece, these are the words for May: tree – necklace – gossip – rope – car

Here are the writing prompt ideas:

  • Finish this thought: If I were invisible, I would…
  • In an ironic twist, a dog really ate your homework. When you try to explain this to your teacher she says, “Come on, you can do better than that excuse.” Instead of arguing, you take that as a challenge and come up with an elaborate story as to what happened to your homework. Let…
  • You came into work one morning and the dry erase board on your desk has a note on it that you didn’t write. You assume it’s a coworker friend, so, just to amuse yourself, you respond to the note on the board with your own note. The next morning you come in and there’s…
  • To celebrate Mother’s Day, you’ve invited the entire family over to celebrate. But instead of bringing your mom to the celebration your father brings someone else and tells you that this woman is actually your mother. How do you react? Is it someone you know? Write the scene.
  • You receive a mysterious call from a friend who asks you to meet him or her at a secret location. When you arrive, that friend reveals that he or she is by night a superhero. What’s more, the friend needs your help in solving the latest case. The only problem is you can’t help. When…
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More April 20th Writing Prompts

Writing prompts were already provided for the April 20th KWA meeting, but we have more now. You have so many choices to challenge your writing skills.

  1. Your character has a parrot that can repeat words that it hears. Lately, it has picked up some disturbing language — it sounds as if it’s threatening your character! Who has been teaching it these phrases?
  2. The bus drops off your young character and his friends at summer camp. They walk up the drive to the cabins and find them deserted. The main lodge is empty too. No one seems to be here at all.
  3. You’ve been going to the same bar every night for the past five years. In fact, you’re such a regular that when you enter, the other patrons yell your name and the bartender already has your drink waiting for you. But then one Friday you arrive, and no one seems to recognize you.
  4. Start your story with: “My dad gave me three life rules to live by: 1. (fill in the blank), 2. (fill in the blank), and 3. (fill in the blank). The first two were easy, but the third one proved difficult because of a cheeseburger. Let me explain.”

You are welcome to use of of these prompts or any of thee earlier prompts. Or use one of your own.

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April 20th Writing Prompts

You can choose to use any or all of the five unrelated words and make them into a sentence, a paragraph, a poem, a memoir, or a piece of short fiction. The words do not have to be used in these forms.

WORDS: holiday – pencil – hammock – attic – fortune

PROMPT: Imagine that you are an animal in the zoo.

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March 16th Writing Prompts

We will again have multiple writing challenges for you to choose from. Please give them a try, even if you decide not to read yours to the other members at the meeting.

You can choose to use any or all of the five unrelated words and make them into a sentence, a paragraph, a poem, a memoir, or a piece of short fiction. The words do not have to be used in these forms. For example, instead of just “school” it can be “schoolyard” or “schoolhouse,” etc.

WORDS: school – table – crow – spider – forgiveness

PROMPTS:

Finish this thought: If I could change one thing about myself…

Finish this sentence: I have never done anything unpredictable, but that changed today when I woke up, packed a bag, went to the airport, and randomly bought a ticket to________.

You’re sitting in your office when the fire alarm goes off. As you start to exit the building with other coworkers in an orderly fashion, as you’ve been trained, you hear screaming coming from the corner office. Instinctively, you rush to that office to see smoke and fire all around the door. What do….

You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold–and it changes your life. Write this scene.

Write a story about a millennial teenager who, through a high school experiment gone wrong, time travels back to his/her same high school in the 80s, and has to spend a day in that era before finding a way to time-travel back.

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February 16th KWA Meeting

The program for the February 16th KWA meeting was arranged by Wes Brummer. He invited a film crew from WSU Shocker Studios to come talk about their programs, and making trailers. WSU Shocker Studios website https://www.wichita.edu/about/wsunews/archive/index.php?si=3853

This should be a great learning experience. Come with questions for our guests.

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February 16th Writing Prompts

We are going to try something a little different for writing challenges this month. These are things I do in the writing classes I teach. Do whatever interests you.

WORDS: angel – queen – mouse – gun – thrill (Use at least three of the unrelated words in a sentence, a paragraph, a poem, a short story. The words can be used in different forms, such as gun – gunshot, gunner, guns.)

PROMPTS: For an additional challenge, incorporate any or all of the Words in your prompt exercise.

  1. She/he studied her/his face in the mirror.
  2. Finish the thought: If I were invisible, I would…
  3. Write about a train journey.
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Learning from the Masters

Program presented by Louise Pelzl

Having worked in marketing and sales for years, there is one vital bit of knowledge I gained. It’s okay to borrow ideas that work well instead of reinventing them. We can’t use other authors’ exact words in our writing, that is plagiarism, but we can use the concept of how their work is put together – hence Learning from the Masters.

At the January meeting, I will present the first paragraphs from three or four books written by bestselling authors. Over the years it has been pointed out to me in magazine articles and numerous writing classes that the first paragraph in many books should make the potential reader want to discover more. Entice the reader to wonder where the story is going. It can set the tone of the book or it can supply a mystery clue. It can intrigue the reader enough to purchase the novel. We will explore this as a means to improving our writing. It might just take our writing to a new level.

Later in the year, we will discuss covers, back cover blurbs, red herrings (no it is not a fish), and finally the synopsis.

For the January meeting, please bring your first paragraph from any of your written works to share with the members. The members will offer a critique, if you would like.

See you January 19th, usual place, usual time.

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January 19th Writing Prompts

Happy New Year, everyone! Best wishes for your writing success in 2019 and beyond.

These are the writing prompts for January:

  • A tire blows out as you’re in the car with someone on the verge of his/her own breakdown. Stuck in a small town, you’re about to do something you haven’t done in years.
  • Describe the best concert you ever attended.
  • Imagine that you are an animal in the zoo. What type of animal are you? How do you feel about being caged? How do you feel about people that visit and watch you?
  • Write about something minor that turned into a big deal

As always, you use one of these prompts or come up with one of your own.

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2019 Writing Goals

Are any of you up for setting writing goals for 2019? Years ago we used to do this in January of each year, and then see who had met (or come close to) their goals in December. It was fun and challenging.

It is good to just plan to write when you get a chance. But that is too wishy-washy, too easily ignored. If you are serious about working on your writing career, or even just improving your writing, it is better to think about making personal writing goals.

Here are a few websites with good information about setting writing goals:

Goal Setting 101: Setting Writing Goals the S.M.A.R.T. Way

7 Tips for Creating Writing Goals that Actually Work

3 Writing Goals You Should Set




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