Today’s Writing Prompt: Use your phone.
I am constantly commenting on how much we are tied to our phones both literally and figuratively. I work in higher education, and I remember when I was a student sitting outside on campus on a nice day with a book and seeing other students doing the same. Now everyone is on their phones. I must admit that I spend a great deal of time on my phone as well. So for this writing prompt, we will put our phones to use.
For this writing prompt, take a picture or text from your phone and write a story about it. Make up an entirely different situation or expand on it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: What are you thankful for?
Today’s writing prompt is a little different. I would like for us to write a list of all the things we are thankful for.
This year I have started a daily gratitude journal. Each day write 10 things I am grateful for. I have asked some of my friends and family to start the practice well. Sometimes they tell me it is hard to come up with 10 things each day. Oftentimes we take many of the small things for granted, but we should take time to acknowledge their importance and express gratitude for them. For instance, my love of reading and writing began at a very early age. Way back in the 1900s, when I wanted a book, I either had to order it from a catalog and wait for it in the mail, get it from a library (if they had it, or if it wasn’t checked out by someone else), or buy it in a store. Now, as soon as a book is released, I can download it and begin reading it instantly! Isn’t that something to be thankful for? When you think about it, it is truly amazing.
Also, I started this blog just as a kind of online journal of my thoughts. I didn’t expect to have any followers. As of today, I have over 1500! That may not be a lot to some, but it is to me. For that I am grateful.
Thank you to all my followers and those of you who stop to read my posts.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write lyrics to your own song.
My friends tell me that I have a song for every situation. When something happens, I tend to recite a song lyric that relates to the situation.
For today’s prompt, write lyrics to your own song. Have fun with it. Set it to music if you like.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Can I get an Amen!
This is your time to pontificate. Write a sermon. Choose your audience and your cause and let it go!
I think this prompt is fitting given the current and constant concerns with the sitting POTUS.
Today’s writing prompt: If I were President…
What would you do differently? What would you accomplish during your first 100 days in office? Who would be your Vice President? Who would you choose for your cabinet and why? Will you be well liked? Have fun with it!
Today’s Writing Prompt: Let me tell you something!
Have you ever had an argument, but long after the argument ends you think of all the things you could have said. Write about it. Tell that person what your really meant.
Like many writers, I plan on finishing a novel. I have been working on one for a while. I have had some articles and short stories published, but I have yet to have a published novel. Many of my friends and acquaintances ask if I have written, or in the process of writing a book. When I tell them I am working on a novel, the next question is “What is it about?”
Years ago attended a writing workshop in my town and sat in a room filled with aspiring authors. When it was time for us to ask questions, one of the attendees raised her hand an asked for tips on getting an agent. Then she went on to tell what her book was about. After about 5 solid minutes of awkward starts, backtracks, and confused faces, she ended with “I have a title. It’s called Saturday Night at the Disco.” Even as I cringed along with everyone else as she bumbled through her attempt to describe her book, I wondered if I could do a better job.
Part of my current job is helping students succeed academically. I help them with time management, study skills, critical thinking, etc. I am often looking for various ways and techniques on how to improve study skills. One method is the Feynman Technique. If you are not familiar with the Feynman Technique, it is essentially explaining something in language simple enough for a young child to understand and, by doing so, you too are gaining a better understanding of the subject. After explaining this technique with several students I realized that this technique is a great way to fill plot holes and confusion in you own work.
If you want to be a published author and plan to go the traditional route of finding an agent, you will have to write a query letter. You will have to be able to sell your book in a few sentences. One way to do this is with the Feynman Technique.
iBourgie’s Guide to Writing your Query Letter Using the Feynman Technique
- Write down your tentative title.
- Write down the plot as if explaining it to an 8-year-old child
- Review what you have written (or if you have an 8-year-old handy, ask them to read it to see if they can follow it. If they cant..
- Look for the confusing parts and clear them up. This may be a great time to also look through your work to see if that confusion exists in it as well.
- Finally, make any adjustments using plain language
I really is that simple. If it is too hard for you to apply this technique, you have a little more work to do. Enjoy the journey!