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Writing in Short Form: the Power of Flash Nonfiction by Christi Craig

For today’s Wednesday Writing Prompt, I’m delighted to welcome Milwaukee-area writer Christi Craig. We met for coffee recently, and we talked about a passion of hers, flash nonfiction. She’s here to tell us more about the genre and challenge us … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Talk to the Animals

My children like to verbalize our dogs’ thoughts. As we ride in the car, they each give voice to one of the dogs, carrying on long conversations. Try it: Imagine what the animals in your novel have to say to … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Mapping Vulnerability by Dara Lurie

I met Dara Lurie on Twitter and was thrilled to discover her amazing site, Transformative Writing. I am delighted to welcome her to the blog today with this amazing writing prompt on mapping vulnerability. She’s also generously offered to give … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Write in the Middle

Maybe it’s the heat (multiple days of 90+ temperatures), maybe it’s the nasty cold I caught last week—but I woke up thinking about driving in the snow. When blinding snow surrounds the car, limiting vision, I am forced to be … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Fun with Words

Last week, I saw this sign when I dropped my daughter off at school: “What do you think it means?” I asked my ten year old. “Model for your children,” she mused. “It must mean put on a fashion show … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Practicing Point of View and Voice

In honor of National Picture Book Writing Week, today’s prompt uses a favorite picture book of mine: Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Several years ago, I attended the summer writing institute, sponsored by the Milwaukee Writing Project. Our … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The expletive poem

At 3, my son would shout Cinnamon Toast! whenever something went wrong. Cinnamon Toast was the perfect expletive—lots of syllables plus a hard consonant in the middle and end. For years, our family has worked on coming up with creative … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Found Phrases Poem

I’ve always been jealous of my friends who are visual artists. How I wish I could sketch and paint and collage my way through the day. I’m especially intrigued by those who create using found objects. They collect unique items … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Wait Write Here

Yesterday I took a writer’s mini-retreat. Unfortunately, it was a 5-hour visit to the ER with my daughter. She’s fine. I’m tired. But I did learn something yesterday (aside from the fact that all of the doctors at the ER … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Your Fantasy Job

When I write fiction, I tend to give characters the jobs that I’d like to have. As an author, I often think about working as a professor, librarian or bookseller. But lately, I’ve been thinking it would be fun to … Continue reading

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