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  • Five Ways to Find Story Ideas – Use Current Events and Classic Themes to Jump Start Your Fiction | Writing prompts ideas
    he is caught What is going through the policemen s minds as they chase him When the national weather report mentions a severe thunderstorm coming to a remote part of the state think about what is will bring Is the storm the results of natural weather patterns or is it a harbinger of dark forces Will a killer use the storm to hide her crime Will a young family flee the storm and find a better life where they take refuge 3 Mine the Classics Classic works of literature can help generate ideas Consider retelling an old story or fairy tale with a different perspective Marion Zimmer Bradley used this technique when she wrote The Mists of Avalon Del Rey Books 1987 ISBN 9780345350497 a recasting of Arthurian legend through the eyes of the women and The Firebrand Roc 2009 ISBN 9780451462657 the story of the Trojan War told from the point of view of a minor character If the story is something to be shared ensure that it is in the public domain before beginning this exercise Or look at the themes covered in classic literature and assess how they could apply today Aesop taught lessons with his fables Pick a lesson and see how a fictional tale could teach it Edgar Allen Poe explored darker emotions How could an emotion such as fear play a role in a story 4 Use Prompts The Internet is a treasure trove of prompts that can lead to stories of various types and lengths A quick Google search for writing prompts reveals millions of sources Or stop by the bookstore or library and get a book of writing prompts 5 Write About Writer s Block If you can t beat it maybe you can join it Writer s block isn t just

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  • Creative Writing Prompts, Creative Writing Exercises And How To Electrify Your Writing! | Writing prompts ideas
    time If I use someone else s prompt or exercise then it s not my writing What kind of writer can t come up with their own words and ideas Well it s not quite so simple as that Here s why Imagine you want to play some music You have electricity running to your house and you have a CD But you don t just go and hold the CD against the electricity socket on your wall and expect to hear music Or you want to make some toast So you get out a couple of slices of bread put them on your kitchen worktop near an electrical socket and hope when you return a few minutes later the bread has become toast It s never going to happen In both of these situations there s a crucial missing link You have raw power the electricity You have the raw material in these examples the CD of music and the slices of bread But what s missing is a way to channel the electricity in a meaningful and useable way to allow the raw material to become what you want it to become That s what your CD player and your toaster are for So how does this apply to your creative writing The situation is very similar You have the raw power in the form of your writing talent and potential You have the raw material the words and letters What you need now is a way to channel that raw power to shape the letters and words into something meaningful something useful Creative writing prompts and exercises are a great way of doing this They give you that channel that conduit you need to allow your writing talent to create wonderful formations and sequences of words If

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  • Creative Writing Prompt #1 | Writing prompts ideas
    styles of writing Plan a short story 1000 words or less on the universal boy meets girl theme Then write the story in three different styles Classic style An example of this style of writing is Jane Austen s unforgettable Pride and Prejudice The language and tone in the story should have a clean classic touch However the story need not necessarily be historical Contemporary style Meg Cabot s Every Boy s Got One is a good example of this perky writing style The tone and temper of the story should be modern and any dialogue should be short and witty Avoid any stereotypical character like a sweet simple girl or an overly macho man Romantic mystery style Although almost a classic The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie is one of the best examples of this style Apart from a natural romance angle add a shade of mystery to your story when writing in this style The idea behind this creative writing exercise is not to copy styles of others but to get acquainted with different writing styles Hope you see this creative writing exercise in this light only Well get started then and don t forget to keep a

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  • Website Writing – Seven Ideas That Help Your Website Attract Clients to Your Service Business | Writing prompts ideas
    a Home page looking for specific information 3 Keep it prospect centric Make it about THEM not about you No one cares to read all about you until they ve become convinced that you understand their problems and can solve them Don t make the mistake of going on and on about how great you are on every page of your website Save that for the About Us page Instead use each page to describe the prospect centric information the problems you solve the solutions you provide the way your service works from the client s viewpoint results others have had and free helpful information 4 Learn about keywords and use them These are the words that prospects put into search engines and use to find your site They are in effect the problems your target market seeks to solve Learning to discover and use these words on your site is equivalent to hanging your business sign out on a busy street It s how you let your market know that you re there and ready for business 5 Make it easy to contact you and respond promptly to all web contacts Give several ways that they can contact you Let them know the details of how and when Put up a contact form and respond immediately Don t make the mistake of going to all the trouble of website writing and then make it difficult to contact you to do business with you Worse yet don t let web contacts get overlooked or ignored They are hot or at least warm leads The sooner you jump on them the more likely you will turn them into business 6 Provide a Call To Action Know what you want prospects to do and ask them to do it Perhaps you want

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  • Creative Writing Prompts- A Cure For The Dreaded “Blank Screen Paralysis” | Writing prompts ideas
    start You can t think what to write You begin to wonder if you can even string together a couple of sentences let alone a complete story or novel You re in the grip of the dreaded Blank Screen Paralysis Also known as creative block or writer s block But don t give up because there s a way this story can still have a happy ending Creative writing prompts are an excellent tool to combat writer s block A creative writing prompt is a small phrase idea or picture that can be used to kick start your creative writing They provide that initial little push we sometimes need to get our creative writing going Once we have got going the momentum easily builds and we can write freely and deeply Creative writing prompts can be used as and when you need them for example when you feel you re hit with some kind of creative block But the great thing is by using creative writing prompts regularly you actually begin to create more easily without them Using them often means your mind begins to learn new ways of approaching your writing and finding starting points when it feels there

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  • Writing a Good Essay – Support | Writing prompts ideas
    expresses the main idea of the whole essay A thesis statement is important as it gives you the direction to focus on the main idea from beginning to the end How to create a powerful thesis statement The best way to do this is to convert the essay prompt into a thesis statement A well written thesis statement would work like a wheel for the entire essay all four factors would be covered The starting sentences of the second to the fourth paragraph would support your thesis statement It would be apt to say that the entire essay would try to support the thesis statement There are two steps involved in converting a question prompt into a thesis statement Step1 Reading the prompt carefully Step2 Using a firm statement to change the prompt Let me explain this with an example Suppose the question prompt says why do you like chocolates You can use the thesis statement I have a number of reasons to love chocolates Thesis statements must be direct and focused They should act like a wheel to frame the entire essay They should be used to address a specific idea in a clear way Paragraph two should support the topic sentence A topic statement directly states the focus direction and purpose of a given paragraph This kind of sentence is used to make the idea presented in the paragraph clear and concise A good essay would have one of the three types of support Logical reasoning examples from personal lives and specific details The topic sentence should include all the three types of support to get maximum score on the SAT Essay writing section Paragraph three should support a different or opposite perspective Again it should begin with a topic sentence In short this paragraph would cover an

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  • Writing the SAT Essay – Understanding the SAT Writing Prompt | Writing prompts ideas
    and high school teachers generally judge the SAT essays Students are given 25 minutes to write an essay One must write in pencil College Board says that essays are judged on critical thinking organization sentence formation choice of words and other factors such as grammar spelling and usage Using the first person point of view is advisable as teachers would look or your own opinion Your essay must incorporate relevant examples to support your view point Broad generalizations are not what teachers look for in an essay Therefore you must provide specific examples to illustrate your point Avoiding blanket statements using words like always and everyone can help you impress the jury How to get a good score The most important thing to remember while attempting a SAT essay is to follow the directions Try answering the question Most students stray from the given context and start writing about something that has not directly been asked Most SAT essays contain a passage from a specific author related to a particular topic Do not forget to refer to this while you write the essay in addition to offering your point of view Do you practice pre writing If not include this aspect in your SAT test preparation plan When you take SAT practice tests and attempt the essay section always make it a point to outline your ideas before starting to write There are primarily three parts of an essay introduction body and conclusion Ensure that you draft an easy using these parameters Literary examples are not necessary to be mentioned in your essay However if you feel that sing one would not be irrelevant go ahead and cite in your essay While it is important to be confident being too sure of yourself can sometimes mislead you Proofreading is the

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  • How to Use Writing Prompts | Writing prompts ideas
    can come back and edit it later Just keep writing Another brainstorming technique is to randomly join some words and phrases together You can do this by comparing two columns of phrases chosen to be writing prompts or you can pick words at random by selecting them from two different books De Bono suggests picking numbers at random first and then finding words using those numbers As an example pick the numbers 3 45 and 8 Go to a book and find the word that s 3rd in the 45th line on the 8th page This might create some nonsensical combinations at first but these combinations can get you thinking in a more creative direction Keep playing with different combinations until you get the words you think are best for a headline for your article a theme for your story or an idea for your slogan or advertising If you are working on the latter you may want to choose books unrelated to the subject matter to get some fresh ideas Another technique is to review a list of keywords chose a single word that describes something you might want to write about and write a few sentences using that word As an example you may be writing an article about control systems So you choose a word like automate as an example Then write down some titles using that word such as Learn how to fully automate your business Then change it a bit by using an action form of that word Instead of automate write a sentence using the word automated You may decide to start with a unique action verb like recharge as an example and add descriptions like Recharge the quality of your business The word you start with doesn t have to be unique A

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