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Writing Prompt: Let’s Hear It For Elozable!

Words are funny things. They are alive in a way, and when they die their remains become fossilized in old books, ancient texts, and the preserved speeches of people who have, themselves, long since passed on. Unlike other living things, however, words can be resurrected from death and obscurity to be written and spoken anew. In this month’s writing prompt, we will be revivifying one such word—a word that is amenable to our flattery, one that speaks to the harmless avidulousness in each of us.

So what is this word that is so well-disposed to adulation? Let’s find out!

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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: A Question of Master and Servant

In the summer of 1921, two armies converged in the rolling, green mountains of Logan County, West Virginia. There they fought a war that is little known today, even though it was the second largest civil conflict in American history.

For Labor Day, we invite our readers to take a closer look at this largely forgotten war and what it means for workers in modern day America.

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Creating Mayhem With Amphibology

As writers, we usually strive for clarity. The success of our work often relies on our ability to make our meanings immediately apparent to our readers, which requires that we avoid amphibology. It can certainly be a challenging task, but it is not the task we have given you this week. In this week’s prompt, we are going to have some fun with the ambiguous side of writing.

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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: The Rheic

Haujuapan de Leon is known in Mixtec as Ñuu dee, which means the “Place of Brave People.” The valley in which Haujuapan sits was settled by humans more two thousand years ago, beginning with the Ñuu Yate, the “Ancient Ones,” as early as 400 BCE. Today, this city in southern Mexico is home to about fifty thousand people.

Something was found hidden in the mountains not far from Haujaupan de Leon that is forcing us to reconsider some ideas that many thought were set in stone. So what was was uncovered near Ñuu dee and what does it have to do with this week’s prompt?

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Announcements: Updates and Evolving Plans

I am back to work after several weeks of vacation, and I’ve got big plans. From a tentative date for the release of my first book to progress on the upcoming Regicide demo and more, we’ve got some very exciting months ahead of us and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Doing the Incompossible

This week’s Weird Words writing prompt is a special challenge! Not only are we asking the impossible, we are expecting the incompossible. What is so incompossible about this prompt? What does incompossible even mean?

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Searching for Heroes

This week’s writing prompt is all about using research to bring on the fight! We have a list of heroes whose actions demonstrate the qualities that make heroes such awesome people. They are saviors, survivors, artists, champions, activists, and they are all real! Learning about real life heroes from the past and the present can give you ideas about the kinds of people you want your characters to be. It can inspire you to imagine the sorts of challenges, obstacles, and setbacks your own fictional heroes might face.

Previously in our section on doing research and developing credibility, we talked about the importance of doing careful research when we decide to write on topics that are unfamiliar to us. We even tested this with a little experiment, which you can find at bit.ly/1i3rf6X.

What we have not talked about much, though, are the more creative purposes that research can serve. We’ve discussed how our sleuthing skills can keep us out of trouble, but what if trouble is what we’re looking for? This week’s writing prompt is all about using research to bring on the fight!

We are going to begin digging into using research as a source of inspiration for stories, plot ideas, and characters—specifically heroes.

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