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 considerable volume of something from a squeeze bottle.
He: “What was that?”
He continues to stir and is checking the clock (in the other direction) momentarily when she shakes in several dollups of something.
He: “What was that?”
She: “Just a little Liquid Smoke.”
He: “Hey, who's making these cowboy beans? You or me?”
She: “You are, of course.”
[Okay, now that you’ve read the actual experience, tell us what you’d write for the very next line, if it was in your own story.]Jeff Salter, who has written 12 novels and five novellas, already has 14 fiction titles released with three royalty publishers. His most recent is “The Duchess of Earl” released in mid-July by Clean Reads. Two more titles are due out this year and he has several works in progress.
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?
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 which I had just closed (as I always do before retiring).
It wasn't King Sipper (our cat), because he was up on the bed beside me.
It was not a distant train.
Turned off my 'white noise' machine and listened closely.
It was definitely coming from the bathroom, and apparently from the other side of the door my face was presently pressed against. I don't know Morse, but I knew this was no S-O-S. But what was it?
Here are some of the suggested solutions to my mystery that I’ve already received. Add yours to the mix and I’ll return later tonight (or tomorrow morning) to tell y’all the REAL solution.
* walls cooling down
* tap dancing cockroach
* dripping faucet
* battery operated grandkid’s toy
* branch tapping against a window
* Poe’s story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," come to life
* And my favorite of the suggested solutions: attempted communication from aliens who use the old-fashioned “tap....clack-click” language.
Add your possible solution in the comments section and I’ll return later tonight (or tomorrow morning) to tell y’all the REAL solution.
As we authors are composing scenes, let’s not be too quick to end them prematurely. Sometimes the characters can take us in a totally different direction.
Jeff Salter, who has written 12 novels and five novellas, already has 14 fiction titles released with three royalty publishers. His most recent is “The Duchess of Earl” released in mid-July by Clean Reads. Two more titles are due out this year and he has several works in progress.
Your hero does something stupid and upsets your heroine. While your heroine is ranting and hurling insults, she lets out an unexpected "I love you." He's told her he loves her, but she's never said it back. Your task: What happens next? Does the mood become awkward or romantic? Do they keep arguing or jump into each other's arms? Is your heroine embarassed? How does your hero act? Feel free to reverse the roles of the hero and heroine.Leave your scene in the comments! Stuck? This should help. (Or at least keep you entertained.) If you’ve got a favorite The Big Bang Theory moment (or Friends moment, Seinfeld moment, or moment from any TV show moment you love) that would make a good writing prompt, let me know! Find more writing prompts. . .
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 blizzard, he shows up at your doorstep to confess his undying love for you. You, on the other hand, have been lounging in your cupcake pajamas and fuzzy socks, eating your favorite snack. Excusing yourself to your room to change and freshen up, you forget that your diary is out on the end table for the world to read your deepest darkest secrets. Upon reentering, not only has the man you love vanished, but the last entry that you wrote about him is open. Now:Now you tell us how you'd write this scene? Leave your scene in the comments below. Need inspiration? This should help. Good luck! :-) International Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance, and romantic comedy with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014, has sent her on a new journey in life.Â A.M.'s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of nineteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn't looked back. Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, Fading Memories, Hearts in Florence, and A Taste of Love Series. She's also had an article published in the Writer's Monthly Review Magazine and accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.Â A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, two goats and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens and goats...
- Did he get cold feet and run off?
- Did he read your private thoughts, and decided to run away?
- Do you take the time to change and search for him?
- Do you run around mad in the cold with nothing but your undies and tank covering your body?
- Do you plop down and sulk in your nonexistent love life?
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 starting to think about the people in her life, and who she'll always be able to count on. One night, during a conversation with a guy who's always been "just a friend," she decides to have a conversation that goes something like this: Protagonist: I don’t have very many people in my life who are in my life permanently forever. They will always be there for me. I will always be there for them, you know? There’s [she lists a few people] and . . . you. I mean, at least I think I’ve got —“ "Friend:" You do. Protagonist: Good. Just checking. Your task: Contine the conversation. Do they keep talking about how they feel or do they change the subject? Are things awkward or do things feel strangely right?Leave your scene in the comments! Stuck? This should help. (Or at least keep you entertained.) If you’ve got a favorite Gilmore Girls moment (or Friends moment, Seinfeld moment, or moment from any TV show moment you love) that would make a good writing prompt, let me know! Find more writing prompts. . .
Your best friend is nervous about her first date with her long-time crush. After much debate, she has finally convinced you to make it a double date by tagging along with her date's cousin. Turns out, this cousin the rudest, most whiny man you have ever met. At the restaurant, he does nothing but embarrass you by making immature comments to the waiter about the food. After dinner, you suggest going somewhere more casual for dessert and coffee, and end up at a diner, where you run into a guy that's "just a friend." Your date, annoyed that the group isn't doing what he wants to do, leaves. So as not to intrude on your friend's date, you sit with your "just a friend." He knows exactly what to order for you. He teases you in a kind, affectionate way. He finds a deck of cards and lets you win every game you play by letting you bend the rules. Meanwhile, you watch your friend, jealous at the site of the beginnings of a relationship.Leave your scene in the comments! Stuck? This should help. (Or at least keep you entertained.) The scene this prompt is based on begins at 1:47. \ If you’ve got a favorite Gilmore Girls moment (or Friends moment, Seinfeld moment, or moment from any TV show moment you love) that would make a good writing prompt, let me know! Find more writing prompts. . .
Your poor protagonist. The man she's been dreaming of for almost half of her life finally kissed her. For a brief moment, everything was right with her world. But then, a few days later, she realizes things aren't as great as they'd seemed. So, the next time he stops by her house, she kicks him out. Then, feeling triumphant, she gets rid of everything in her apartment that reminds her of him. Suddenly, her mind is more clear than it's been in years. She leaves her apartment, in search of. . . Write the scene that follows. Who, or what, is she looking for?Leave your scene in the comments! If you've been watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend, take our poll and let us know what you think:
Lately, your protagonist has been angry with her ex boyfriend and her ex fiance. On top of that, her most recent crush didn't turn out to be the guy she thought he was. Her family and friends are so over the love triangles, and are urging your protagonist to make some decisions. After making amends with all three men, her ex fiance shows up at her door with news. Suddenly, your protagonist's insecurities and issues with her ex fiance are put to rest, and she knows it's him that she wants. But not all of her problems are solved. She still has her family and friends to deal with. How is she going to share the news of the reunion with them? How will they react? Is she nervous? Bonus: How does she break the news to her current boyfriend?Leave your scene in the comments! Stuck? This should help. (Or at least keep you entertained.) If you’ve got a favorite Jane the Virgin moment (or Seinfeld moment, or any TV show moment you love) that would make a good writing prompt, let me know! Find more writing prompts. . .
Write a scene in which your protagonist is stuck, alone, on home on a snowy weekend. Which isn't as cozy as it sounds, because her friends, including her ex-boyfriend (the one she broke up with only a week ago), are on a ski trip that she helped plan. And now, obviously, she's not going. She gets a call from one of her friends that their car is stuck in the middle of nowhere. What does your protagonist do? Does she get in her car and go searching for her friends on a dark, snowy night? Or does she order a pizza and binge watch something on Netflix? Bonus questions: If she chooses to rescue her friends, what happens when she sees her ex? And why is SHE the only one that can rescue them (as apposed to AAA or another friend).Leave your scene in the comments! Stuck? This should help. (Or at least keep you entertained.) If you’ve got a favorite Friends moment (or Seinfeld moment, or any TV show moment you love) that would make a good writing prompt, let me know! Find more writing prompts. . .