Saturday, May 8, 2010

Two New Creative Prompts

Occasionally writers sit in front of the computer with no idea where there story is headed, even if they have a basic outline or synopsis. It's natural to hit a brick wall. It's not always the plot but ideas for varying the setting or thoughts on how to deepen emotion. Sometimes this happens while developing a new proposal for a novel. Authors no their editors and the lines they right for, and they are faced with pleasing themselves and pleasing the people who will pay them to contract their book.

So what do you do?

Exercise works for me. Going for a walk outside or on a treadmill, pedalling my recumbent bike or doing knee bends can sometimes get the blood flowing and ideas come. I've resolved many writing issues while exercising.

But another way sometimes works for writers and I've found two that I want to share with you.
The first is simple, called EyeWire Cards, a small set of flash cards that you can use to stimulate new thoughts. I printed them on matte photo paper so I can cut them into smaller cards to use when I'm at one of those "duh" points. These are not all for writers but even the ones that aren't might stimulate you.

The next Creative Writing Prompts is my favorite. The page is a list of numbers into the hundreds and when you place the cursor over a number you will get a prompt. Here are three random samples:

1. You come home and check your phone messages. You get your third message and freeze. Begin your story there.

2. Kristine Pederson and Russell Ebert meet before he inherits money. One of them is killed.

3. Create a story based on the metaphor - "A minute of failure."

These all intrigued me and sent my mind on a journey. I hope you find this prompt helpful, too.


Arnold said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Thanks, Arnold. Did you notice you can sign up to be notified when I send a new post? It's part of BlitzFeed. You'll just get an email to tell you about it.

Glad the blog is helpful. If you have any topics you'd like covered, let me know. I'm preparing some material on writing suspense which is something I love to write but haven't blogged on it yet. I'm always on a book deadline, it seems, and getting the blogs ready takes time that I don't have. Right now I'm working on a proposal for my 45 & 46 novels.

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Dumb me, it's powered by FeedBlitz. You'd think I'd know the name of my own notification system. : )