Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Wardrobe Malfunction & Other Writing Prompts

Have you ever had an article of clothing rip open, fall off, or otherwise fail you? I’ve had to find creative solutions to the unexpected failure of everything from shoes to bikini tops. Those embarrassing sartorial moments are the inspiration for this week’s writing prompts. Try on one of these prompts, and see if you can stitch together a story:

~Sam heard the fabric rip and realized....  
“~Give me your shirt,” she demanded, “because….”
~The elastic wasn’t strong enough to withstand….
~Have you ever used duct tape, paper clips, or staples for an emergency clothing repair?
What's your most memorable wardrobe malfunction?

My picture of a pair of jeans that failed my hubby at a most inopportune time.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Traveling Companions and Other Writing Prompts

Over dinner with friends last weekend, I wound up talking (too much) about vacations I’ve taken—in particular, some of my trips that went awry (to use that term loosely). Those trips inspired this week’s writing prompts. Grab a prompt and jet away, figuratively, into a story… 
  • Hawaii was beautiful, but her traveling companions were….
  • “I’m going to Boston with or without you,” he said, “so you can stay at home or….”
  • I found the graveyard charming, until….
  • The night before her flight home, she found out she was allergic to….
What about you? Do you have a trip-gone-awry story?

Photo Info:
My photo of  Ka Lae/South Point (the southernmost point in the United States), on the Big Island of Hawaii, 1995.

Monday, February 04, 2013

You’re a Writer if You Write

“A writer is a person who produces and composes fictional or nonfictional writing or literary art such as novels, short stories, poetry, plays, screenplays, or essays—especially someone who writes professionally.” ~Wikipedia
Notice that Wikipedia’s definition of “writer” did not say, “A writer is… only someone who writes professionally.”

If you write, you’re a writer.

Don't put a bunch of conditions on being a writer. Own the label without restrictions.

You don’t have to have a book on the shelf (or the cyber-shelf) to be a writer. You don’t have to have your by-line in a big magazine (or even a little magazine). You don’t have to have your by-line appear publicly anywhere, actually, to be a writer. 

If you put words together in written form to tell a story, you’re a writer.

Have you heard that it only “counts” if you’re published? If you’re acclaimed? If you’re paid?

All of that is nice, but in the end, if you write, you’re a writer—no matter why you write, how you write, or where your words appear.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What’s your definition of “writer”?
Photo courtesy of Tnarik