Reading Response: Writing Wednesday

Since I’m trying out the whole “reader-response” thing in my new experiment with “Little Reviews” I thought that today might be a good time for you to share an artistic response to something…artistic.

Write a little story, or a line or two, or a poem, or whatever you want to a piece of art — whether written, or musical, or visual, or whatever, then either post it in the comments or link to you blog/website where you’ve posted it.

One True Sentence: Writing Wednesday

In the spirit of last week’s Write Expecting to be Read: Mary Shelley’s Journals — the prompt for today is to riff on “write what you mean, mean what you write.” And we’re going to do that by following the advice of another author: Ernest Hemingway.

No, we’re not writing drunk and editing sober.

But we are going to “write one true sentence” — which was Hemingway’s way of getting started on a piece when he wasn’t sure what else to do. Just write one true sentence. Whatever that means to you. Just make sure you mean it. You can put it on your own blog and link back in the comments if it leads to something longer, or just put it in the comments if you’re sticking to a sentence.

Create Your Own Scroll: Writing Wednesday

Kerouac wrote On the Road on one long, continuous scroll of paper. He plugged away on a typewriter and chugged that bad boy out in about three weeks. It’s time we did the same, word-writing friends.

Okay. I know. We don’t work on typewriters anymore (except for you in the back).

And…I know it’s unlike that any of us will finish a masterpiece in three weeks (except for maybe you in the back).


With the advanced technology that is a computer screen and many different writing software programs, we have the benefit of a scroll right now. Open up a new word document, or a Scrivener project (Scrivener’s fun cuz you can blank out the back screen and basically have a virtual scroll), or whatever word processing software you use.

Start writing. Just go. Pretend you hear the clitter clatter of little keyboardy keys.

Then cut and paste whatever comes out into your blog and link to it in the comments section so we can see your Beat Genius moment.

Remember: “You’re a genius all the time.” ~Kerouac

Writing Wednesday: New Age Bullsh*t

I don’t know if Chuck Wendig, King of Random Generator Prompts, has used this one yet, but I discovered it and thought: “Now there is a thing.”


Here’s whatcha do: Go to the site. Hit the “Reionize Electrons” button at the top of the page. The generator will give you some New Age Bullshit. Take that information and write a short piece (100 words? 1000? It’s up to you.) Share the results/link to the results in the comments section.

Writing Wednesday: The Done List

This writing prompt is two pronged: one for us and one for you.

Last week, I read this article in Slate about the anti-to-do list. As someone who can get discouraged by the length of my own to-do list (I get bogged down in the have-tos until it feels like that is the sum total of my life: all the things I have not done), I found L.V. Anderson’s article much more inspiring.

To sum up: instead of listing things you need to do, make a list of what you have already accomplished for the day/week/month/whatever. Today, for example, I have written three blog posts, ordered scripts for an upcoming production, hunted down two more jobs to apply for, and responded (articulately) to three important emails. I’ve only been awake a couple hours. Go me!

So, your two-pronged writing assignment, should you choose to accept it:

  1. Write a DONE! list for yourself for the last week. You don’t need to share this. I just want you to feel good about what you’ve accomplished. And….
  2. Write a DONE! list for a fictional character for this past week — Batman, Dr. Who, or someone you create yourself. Share it/link to it in the comments section so we can all have a giggle or a cry.

Happy writing!

Writing Wednesday: The Girl in Blue

My friends and I have a Pinterest board where we share interesting pictures to inspire us to write cool things. This is one I keep coming back to, and which I responded to in a 365 story (below image). I’d like to see what you guys do with it. Share your response or link to your response in the comments. Happy writing:



Writing Prompt Wednesday: 100 Words of Your Own

So, I’ve just written a bunch of 100 word stories…now I think it’s your turn.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: write a 100 word story of your own. It doesn’t have to be great. This process is just to play.

Put your results in the comments section, or share a link to your own blog/website. Can’t wait to read what you come up with!