Posts Tagged ‘writing prompts’

Collaboration – Writing

January 21, 2019

Tri-Valley Writers published its fourth anthology last year. We had a party to celebrate, and in the spirit of collaborative writing we gave ourselves a challenge. Each table (of seven people) was given three prompts and ten minutes to come up with a scene. My table’s prompts were exaggerate, climbing a hill, and an unexpected gift. In ten minutes we had written a scene where a man is certain a mountain lion had pushed him down the hill at the back of the yard, but he would continue pruning the undergrowth. His wife says it was the neighbor’s cat, and he slipped on the ivy, but never mind she’s already called a gardening service. It was a silly scene – and great fun. If you want to bring out a different side of your writing brain, get a group together and toss out the prompts like candy at a parade.

Publishing an anthology is another way to collaborate with writers. Finding a way to agree on editing standards alone is worth the effort. You’ll be amazed at what you learn in that process. At the end, you’ll have a book of stories, and that’s always worth the effort. Voices of the Valley: Journeys may only get local notice, but you never know what that attention will bring. If you have a large enough group to share the expenses, consider publishing your own anthology to see your work in print.


                                                         

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Writing Prompts to the Rescue

May 7, 2018

I have more than enough ideas to keep me writing, if only I would write. Thank heavens Patricia Boyle, the president of the Tri-Valley Writers Branch of the California Writers Club, opens our monthly meetings with a writing prompt. We get four minutes to write, then on to the next item on the agenda. Those four minutes sometimes rescue me from an entire month when I write nothing more momentous than the grocery list. Some of her prompts have evolved into short stories for me. I’m not sure where this snippet will go, but I like it. The prompt became the first two lines of the story.

She hadn’t seen him for six months, but there he was in the coffee shop. He sat by himself, weeping into his herbal tea.

“Rees, do you mind if I sit down?” she asked. “I don’t want to intrude.”

“Please,” he said, “join me.” He leaned over his cup again. The tears flowed off his cheeks into his drink.

“So, how’s the experiment going?” she asked.

“As you can see,” Rees said, “I’m expressing the antidote as fast as I can. Say, maybe you can help. Tell me a sad story about your divorce. Another quarter cup of tear solution, and I’ve reached my quota.”