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This week, I wanted to help spark some creativity for those who may be suffering from the dreaded Mid-NaNo slump. Hopefully, this prompt will get you started up again! Hang in there! You can do it. 🙂

You find yourself sitting at your desk, watching the cursor on your computer blink over and over again. With each blink, your eyes become more heavy and soon you fall asleep. Moments later, you awake to find yourself not sitting at your desk, but in a strange land. Describe where you are, who you meet, and how you try to get home (if you even want to, that is..).

I just want to remind everyone that if you have a writing prompt you wish to share here for Writing Prompt Wednesday, please send them to me at thestoryinme (at) gmail dot com. Don’t forget to include your name and blog address so I can give you credit!

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First off, don’t forget to sign up for my Halloween short story blog fest in the previous post. It’ll be a lot of fun, I promise. 🙂 And spread the word!

For this writing prompt Wednesday, we are continuing our “spookified” writing prompt Wednesdays for this month. As always, if you have a writing prompt you want to share here, please e-mail them to me at thestoryinme (at) gmail (dot) com. Please include with the prompt your name and blog address so I can give you credit!

Here we go with this week’s writing prompt!

Think of the perfect horror movie villain. Make him/her/it the most unique that you can. Write down all of the details of what it looks like, sounds like, feels like, and even smells like. Where does it reside? What does it do? Be as descriptive as possible and if you can, draw your character.

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First off, part six of my current serial story, Hello From Mexico is now up at Serial Central. Make sure to check that out if you  haven’t already. As always, comments are always appreciated. 🙂 Let me know how think the story is going.

I also wanted to clarify something from my last post. I have been asked to help contribute on a few other blogs, but that doesn’t mean this blog is ending. I’m definitely not giving up this blog.  It may be sad to say, but this has become like a child to me and it is something that I am proud of. This blog has grown so much since I started it in May. It’s been almost a year and I can’t wait to celebrate that one year “Bloggerversary” with everyone!  It’ll be a good time.

I was going to write a full post tonight with my Writing Prompt Wednesday, but my internet connection isn’t really cooperating with me tonight (go figure..) and my sinuses are going a little haywire. So, I’ll just end with this week’s writing prompt and I’ll make sure to write a great post for you all tomorrow! You can count on it.

  • Looking through your grandmother’s attic one day, you find an small old box that you have never seen before. While your grandmother was out, you decide to open it and see what’s inside.  Continue on with the story.

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Have you ever started to write something and then ended up completely hating it or start to feel like it’s going nowhere? Do you dread sitting down to write it? Does it end up with an overwhelming urge to bang your head on the desk and trashcan the story?  I have. Recently in fact.

I’ve been working my new serial story for awhile now. It’s a bit different than my last one and I guess it’s hard to adjust to that.  I don’t know where it’s going.. I can’t even see myself finishing it.  But, I’ve realized that I’m never one to just give up on a story. I started it. I have to finish it.

I was given some great advice awhile ago.  This person told me the way to bring a dull story back to life (and let me tell you, this story needs some CPR or something..) is to make it eccentric somehow. Introduce a zany eccentric character, make the plot twist more than you thought. Anything is possible. I guess I forgot that.

The only way I’d quit this story was if it really took me away from my novel. Has it? In some ways, yes. I’ll keep going and see where it all ends up. I do appreciate all that have taken the time to read it. It means a lot to me.

Now, let’s get on with this week’s Writing Prompt Wednesday.

  • Look through a photo album. Find one picture that you like the most and write a story about that day, using different characters that you come up with.

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First off, a quick reminder that part 3 of my new serial story, Hello From Mexico, is now up at Serial Central! Make sure to check it out and let me know what you think. Click here to get to the post.

Now, let’s get to our last Writing Prompt Wednesday of 2010!

  • During  a neighbor’s New Years Eve party, you meet a mysterious stranger who claims he once knew you as a child.  Write a story about the encounter.  Start it out with: I can never forget that mysterious man, the one who said he knew me….

For 2011, if you have any writing prompts you want to share here on this blog during our weekly Writing Prompt Wednesday, please do not hesitate to send them via my e-mail thestoryinme@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section! I’ll make sure to include them with proper credit!

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I was inspired the other day. So inspired that I finally continued writing in the book I haven’t worked on in a couple of months. For those months, I found myself blocked.  I knew why I was blocked, but it was a personal issue that I just had to be patient about. I knew it would get better in time, but I just had to wait it out.

Luckily, the other day, it ended, and I was able to finish chapter thirteen. That chapter became the bane of my existence. It haunted and taunted me daily. I knew I would conquer it eventually. Sometimes these things just take time.

I’ve always been told that patience is an amazing quality to have, and I agree. I find it’s especially important for a writer to have. Otherwise, you’ll become completely frustrated when you run into a block and find yourself fighting with your own writing. These writers are the ones who sadly throw up their hands and give up. I say, don’t give up. Just take a deep breath and be patient. You’ll get it back. You have to make your story work. 🙂

Just a reminder, my second annual blog fest will be coming up on January 7th. The rules are pretty simple, but I’ll repeat them again just in case someone missed them or wants to sign up. There’s still time! 🙂

  • This blog fest is entitled “Interview With a Character Blog Fest”. Think about one of your most intriguing characters that you would like to get to know more and interview them. Make it as long or short as you want.
  • It’s due January 7th. On that day, post the interview on your blog with a link to my blog. I’ll also have a post with all of the participants and links to their interviews.
  • If you would prefer for me to post it on my blog, just let me know by e-mail: thestoryinme@gmail.com and I’ll be glad to do so for you.
  • If you still want to sign up, please e-mail me at the e-mail listed above or comment here with a  link to your blog. 🙂
  • I look forward to reading all of the interviews!

Now, it’s time for yet another Writing Prompt Wednesday: Christmas Edition!

  • You find yourself decorating your christmas tree with your family. One of the oldest Christmas decorations falls and shatters on the floor. Your grandmother picks up the pieces and starts to tell you the story of the decoration. Write up that story.

Also, a quick reminder. Part two of my newest serial story, Hello From Mexico, is now up at Serial Central. 🙂 Check it out and let me know what you think.  Click here to get to the story.

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To start this off, I’m going to announce the subject of my next blog fest! This time around I think we’re going to deal more with the character side of stories rather than just the story itself.   So, I’m very excited to announce “Interview With The Character” Blog Fest! All you have to do is either take a character you either love or hate from a story you’ve written (or a character you just created!) and conduct an interview with that character. It’s a great way to get really creative and get inside your character’s mind.  The tentative deadline for this blog fest is January 7th, so you have a few weeks to get started. Also, please feel free to spread the word to those you feel would also be interested in participating in this. The more, the merrier!

If you’re interested in participating, please let me know by either commenting here or e-mailing me at thestoryinme@gmail.com. Make sure to leave your blog’s link so I can link your blog on the blog fest day. Let’s make this one really fun.

Alright, let’s get on with Writing Prompt Wednesday!

  • Write a short story based on this line: “I just couldn’t believe my luck!”

I’m also still willing to have more guest bloggers do a post for this blog and to do some more guest blogging on others blogs. Let me know if you’re interested.

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