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The Unstable Self

I didn’t enjoy writing this one. At first I thought I just needed a break from writing fiction, and maybe I do. Maybe fiction isn’t what I need right now. But this writing prompt is obviously meant to elicit a … Continue reading

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Unreliable Third

These exercises in The 3am Epiphany are getting more difficult as they progress. My first thought when I read the prompt was of a soldier preparing for battle. Unreliable Third: Write a fragment of a story from the POV of … Continue reading

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(The Bitter) Imperative

This is the second exercise from Brian Kiteley. This one was even more challenging than the first one, and I’m starting to get suspicious that the prompts get harder and harder. I have a feeling I should stop complaining about … Continue reading

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The Reluctant I

I’ve learned that I do not write uplifting stories. The realness in my stories tends to be in the harsh reality vein and not the “write the world they way you with it were” vein.  I remember writing stories as … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Laughing

I’m going to play my own guest blogger tonight. I have been reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, an amazing writer who teaches writing classes in California and basically wrote down everything she knows about how to write. While … Continue reading

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The Necktie

Today’s prompt comes from The One Minute Writer: The Belt Buckle and the Necktie – However you want to use these 2 ingredients in your story; go for it!  I read this prompt and decided to tell a story based on … Continue reading

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Recess and a Lesson About Thievery

Today’s writing prompt comes from The One Minute Writer: Write about your school recess as a child.  Well, it just so happens that I have a famous recess story, and by “famous” I mean “I’ve told it so many times … Continue reading

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Imminent Explosion

The following is my first attempt at fiction in over ten years.  My fiction muscles are a little flabby, but I think of this as my first workout. I dedicate this post to:  J.J. Punch, C-Drizzle, Shaq Diesel, The Pregnant … Continue reading

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Interview With My Seh-elf

Now that Billy Idol is spinning on all of our brain turntables, (you’re welcome) I will bring you today’s PoeWar writing prompt. “Write an interview with yourself. Do it in the style of an appropriate (or inappropriate) publication such as Time, People, Rolling … Continue reading

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Come Into My Bedroom

Sorry, no, I will not couchez avec vous, but I will present today’s PoeWar writing prompt:  Write a 300-word description of your bedroom. Think about the items you have or the other elements of your room that give the best clues about who … Continue reading

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