Author: KAS

The End of Writer’s Block: Vomit Writing

The End of Writer’s Block: Vomit Writing

While this technique has been talked about by several names, none seems quite as appropriate as “vomit writing”. It’s the best way I’ve found to break up writer’s block. What you do is set aside some time, 5-10 minutes usually does the trick for me, 

Character Prompts

Character Prompts

Characters make a story more interesting. The more real they seem, the easier it is for readers to care about them. Caring about a character, and what will happen to them next is often the reason we keep turning pages or can’t put a book 

Setting Prompts

Setting Prompts

Setting is the time and place where your story takes place. The setting can create a mood, or add interesting facts to your story. These prompts give you a place with a map of the area.

Fallon, NV - January 2007

(hit refresh to get a new setting)

Take a look at the map above. (You can click on it to open a Google map to zoom in and out, or explore the surrounding area.)

 

Title Prompts

Title Prompts

These title prompts are randomly generated – hit refresh to get a new prompt. How to work with title prompts: Think of this title suggestion as a working title for your story. You can always choose a better title once the story is completed. The 

Theme Prompts

Theme Prompts

The theme is the deeper meaning of your story. You might think of it as the “big idea” or the “moral” of the story. Keep in ming that no one likes stories that preach. In order to avoid that trap, try to pick a theme 

Relationship Prompts

Relationship Prompts

One of the things that can really fuel your story is the relationship between characters. This may be the protagonist and antagonist, but it can also be a relationship between one of your main characters and a minor character, or an subplot between two minor characters.

If you get stuck in the middle of your story, a relationship prompt may give you something to get the story moving again.

Pick two of the characters below and see how many of the questions you can answer with them. (Feel free to substitute one of you own characters if you are already in the middle of a story and trying to get unstuck.)

John Boone
is a childcare worker who wants to be ahead of the crowd.. He is generally straight-forward and trustworthy, but sometimes complaining
Lucy Bowers
is a financial manager who will do anything for his/her next meal.. She is generally idealistic and forceful, but sometimes fanatical
Cloudy Marsh
is a food service manager who wants to protect a loved one.. He is generally observant and observant, but sometimes passive
Dory Goodwin
is a restaurant cook who wants a more exciting life.. She is generally trustworthy and enthusiastic, but sometimes shy
  • How did these two meet for the first time?
  • What is it that attracts these two to each other?
  • What is it that they hate about each other?
  • How can they help each other?
  • How do they hold each other back?

 

Find more relationships for your story… hit refresh to get a new prompt.

Plot Prompts

Plot Prompts

Plot is the series of events that happen in your story. These events should have a driving purpose. Your character wants something, and this is the story of how your character tries to get it. These plot prompts the kind of “big ideas” that recur 

Story Writing Prompts

Story Writing Prompts

One of the best creative exercises I have encountered is trying to figure out how things work together. These story writing prompts are based on that idea. Here are several random puzzle pieces: title, plot, theme, setting, and characters. Can you put them all together