August 17th 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 August: hope – train – flute – computer – castle

Writing Prompts:

  1. Write a detailed description of one of the characters in your recent work or a story you have recently read. Have a secondary character describe her or him.
  2. If you attended July’s meeting and received a wanted postcard from our speaker, Jim Potter, write a story about the person and the crime they committed.
  3. What is the best book you have ever read? Why did you like it? Did reading the book change you in any way? What way?
  4. Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate in the telling. Make it into a tall tale.

If you would rather use your own prompt, please do so. Looking forward to seeing everyone on August 17th –usual place, usual time. Happy writing, Louse.

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Wichita Public Library Local Author Day

Wichita has a diverse array of authors in our midst! Many of them will be in attendance at the library’s Local Author Day with copies of their books available for sale, including children’s titles.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Get connected with and support your friendly local authors from August 24, 2 p.m to 4 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library location at 711 W. 2nd Street, Wichita, Kansas 67203.

*Borrowed from the article at Wichita on the Cheap, https://wichitaonthecheap.com/local-author-day-at-the-wichita-public-library/

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Future Program Suggestions

It is time again for the membership to discuss future meeting programs. The board discusses them, but ideas really need to be considered by everyone. The following are some suggestions that I came up with. Hopefully many of you will look at the ideas, mull them over, and then talk about them at an upcoming meeting. Come up with ideas of your own. This group is for YOU. Your opinions and needs count.

Program Suggestions (based on Starla’s writing classes)

  • Basics: Formatting, word count, pre-writing strategies, preparing to write (where, when, what), project organization
  • Basic Development: title, ideas, character profile, names, settings, brainstorming
  • Digging Deeper: GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict), plotting basics, scenes, turning points, subplots
  • Beginning to Write: dialogue, internalization, narration, POV (Point of View), hooks
  • The Middle: sagging middles, review structuring
  • Drafts: goals of first, second, third and final drafts
  • Editing: from plot to characters, punctuation, names, numbers
  • Finalizing: blurb, synopsis, proposal, query letters, pitch
  • Publishing: contracts, traditional publishers, small presses, subsidy presses, vanity presses, self-publishing options
  • Marketing: websites/blogs, social media, author bio, Amazon author page, media kit, press kit, speaking engagements

Other Suggestions

  • Conferences: discussion of various types and the pros and cons
  • Contests: discussion of types and value to the writer
  • Marketing Ideas: selling in book festivals, local venues (museums, etc.), book signings, libraries
  • Useful websites: discussion on sites used by members such as Grammarly, ProWritingAid.com, etc.
  • Writing Program Tips: mini workshops on using Word tips, Excel spreadsheets tips
  • Self-Publishing Tips: steps to prepare for submission to publisher (like IngramSpark or KDP/CreateSpace)
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July 20th Meeting

Jim Potter will present the July 20th program involving postcards. He will provide a PowerPoint presentation on “Postcards as Props and Prompts: How I Use Postcards in My Writing.”

You won’t want to miss this program.

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July 20th Writing Prompts

Please write a one to two-page story using one of the writing prompts, or use one of your own.

Writing Prompts:

  • Be a building or house you know well. Talk about your life and memories.
  • What, if anything, would you be willing to fight or even die for? Explain your answer.
  • Write about a time you out-smarted someone.
  • The kids were raised on the mantra “Family is everything.” What happens when they find out their parents aren’t who they pretended to be? Will the family fall apart?

If you want to try using one or all of the words in a sentence, paragraph, short piece, these are the words for July: sword – butterfly – water – justice – school

We hope to see everyone at the July 20th meeting, same place, same time. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July.

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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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