The Name Game — A Friday Writing Prompt

~ By Jeff Salter Happy Friday! Jeff is back with another writing prompt to get you warmed up for a weekend full of writing. We hope you have fun with this. Thank you, Jeff! — Through a social media promotional campaign, 31 people discover they have the same name —first, last, and middle initial. Several of them hook-up with each other – on a lark – so they can exchange information on who named them, who they were named for, where they are from, when they were born, etc. It’s cool and fun to see how they are so different,...

A Snowy, Holiday Writing Prompt

Hello, Contemporary Romance Fans! May the holiday season bring a lot of warmth, light, and good stories into your lives! We’ll be back in 2018 with posts that’ll help you kick-start your writing in the new year. But we’re not going to let you go without a writing prompt. Ready? Things are going really well for your protagonist and her new guy, and she’s been having a great time snuggling on the couch, drinking hot chocolate, and daydreaming. And then it snows, and everything is beautiful. She’s looking forward to a huge holiday dinner and is hoping to share...

Too Many Cooks? It’s Not Just About the Cowboy Beans. . .

~ By Jeff Salter Note: read this true experience (from 6-26-2016) and then tell us what you would write for the very next line. He: “I’m thinking about making some cowboy beans this evening for supper. You okay with my beans?” She: “Sounds lovely.” – – – Later that evening – – – He is browning the meat and hears chopping behind him. She sneaks over and dumps a pile of fragments into the meat. He: “What was that?” She: “Just a few onions.” After some more stirring, he is briefly looking the other way when she squirts in a...

Spooky Noise in the Dark Bathroom

~ By Jeff Salter We writers tend to have vivid imaginations… especially when it’s night time and we’re alone in the house. This is a true story from May of 2014. See if you can figure out the actual solution to this mystery. OR… how would you WRITE the solution? — Tap…clack-click. Tap…clack-click. My ears are more finely tuned to spooky unknown sounds at night when my wife is out of town. I had just gotten into bed, around midnight, when I heard this repeated eerie sound, Tap…clack-click. It seemed to be coming from the bathroom, the door of...

Friday Writing Prompt – With Help from Penny and Leonard

Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt. This week, your protagonist slips up and unexpectedly reveals some true feelings. Yes, it sounds like a cliche, but we dare you to put your own spin on this tried and true trope. Don’t be shy. Dive in and give this a shot. It’ll get you warmed up for a weekend of writing, and prompts are a great exercise in learning about your voice. It’s also, um, kind of stolen borrowed from this episode of The Big Bang Theory. The Scene Your hero does something stupid and upsets your...

Friday Prompt – With Help From Bridget Jones!

~ Prompt Provided By A.M. Willard To kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt direct from the last scene in the 2001 Bridget Jones’s Diary. Imagine you’ve been courting that special someone, but in the mix of it all – he drives you insane¦ Like any respectable lady, you keep a well thought out diary. It includes your fears, accomplishments, hopes, dreams, and even the people you despise. It just so happens that the one your heart yearns for is the one that it loves to hate at the same time. On a cold night, during a...

Friday Writing Prompt — The Bank Robber

~ By Jeff Salter Happy Friday.  Today, to kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt. Thank you to Jeff Salter for coming up with it! Don’t be shy. Dive in and give this a shot. It’ll get you warmed up for a weekend of writing, and prompts are a great exercise in learning about your voice. Have fun! SITUATION: In NYC, you’ve just been taken hostage by a notorious bank robber from the 1930s. Describe the robber. He didn’t start out to involve you, but you were innocently standing behind his getaway car — so he improvised and pushed you...

Friday Writing Prompt – With Inspiration from Gilmore Girls

Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt. This week, your protagonist has just broken up with her fiance and she learns a very important lesson. Don’t be shy. Dive in and give this a shot. It’ll get you warmed up for a weekend of writing, and prompts are a great exercise in learning about your voice. It’s also, um, kind of stolen borrowed from an episode of Gilmore Girls. The Scene Though your protagonist is carrying on with life as usual, she’s had a lot on her mind since breaking up with her fiance. In particular, she’s...

Friday Writing Prompt – Inspired by Luke and Lorelai

Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt. This week, your protagonist is going on a date and ends up hanging out with someone unexpected. But the “someone” is “just a friend.” Right? Don’t be shy. Dive in and give this a shot. It’ll get you warmed up for a weekend of writing, and prompts are a great exercise in learning about your voice. It’s also, um, kind of stolen borrowed from an episode of Gilmore Girls. The Scene: Your best friend is nervous about her first date with her long-time crush. After much debate, she has...

Friday Writing Prompt: No Longer a Crazy Ex Girlfriend!

Happy Friday! To kick off the weekend, we’ve got a writing prompt. This week, your protagonist will be letting go of the past and moving on. Easier said than done, right? Don’t be shy. Dive in and give this a shot. It’ll get you warmed up for a weekend of writing, and prompts are a great exercise in learning about your voice. It’s also, um, kind of stolen borrowed from the latest episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Have fun!  Your poor protagonist. The man she’s been dreaming of for almost half of her life finally kissed her. For a brief moment,...

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