Building Scenes

Weekly Writing Prompt: Newsworthy

Fifty years from this moment, the world that you live in and the events that transpire around you will be the stuff of history textbooks, biographies, and even fiction. Why wait fifty years to start reading up on it? You will have a lot of catching up to do, and by then the action will have passed you by.

Falling behind the times is especially detrimental to writers and artists, whose success or failure is inextricably entangled with the personalities, cultures, and events of the times in which they live and work.

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Innovation by Necessity

In science fiction and fantasy, there are many unpleasant truths about human life that we sometimes like to sweep under the rug. Humans have to eat, sleep, exercise, breath and lots of other inconvenient things that might seem like obstacles to the development of a story. Obstacles, however, are really opportunities in disguise, and in this week’s writing prompt, we will turn human necessities into creative avenues for the enterprising author.

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Fight Scenes and Action Sequences

Fledge stuck her head around a boulder, but was spotted and fired upon before she could squeeze off a round. Bullets slammed the side of the rock near her eyes, spattering her face with stone chips. She jerked back into cover and tried to decide what to do.

Meters away across the dusty floor lay a grenade, dropped by the one of the dead guards before the pin could be pulled. With a grenade, she could flush the sniper from cover.

Coiling herself, Fledge readied herself to spring at the grenade, but her plans were cut short. Something thumped the dust beside her and rolled to within a few dozen centimeters of her feet. Fledge had just enough time to recognize it and shout before the flashbang went off. The world turned a brilliant white, the sounds of the fight replaced by an incessant ringing in her ears. Blinded and stunned, she reeled and staggered, stumbling out from behind her boulder and into the open.

This week’s writing prompt is a little bit different from our other prompts. Think of it as an experiment. What is the key to writing gripping gun battles, furious fights, and appealing action scenes? I have no idea! So let’s see if we can unlock the secrets of writing fight scenes together.

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Weekly Writing Prompt: A Show of Fear

Have you ever been told to “Show, don’t tell” in your writing? It is a piece of advice that hangs around everywhere that writers can be found. In fact, it seems to have become an unquestioned rule. But why is it important? Does it actually mean anything? The answer, it turns out, is in your imagination.

Your mission in this week’s prompt is to give your readers a scare with a good show of fear! Remember, there is a balance to be struck. Let’s see if you can walk this terrifying tight-rope and describe strategically.

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