Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Fall into Grace

Grace. “You can’t work or earn your way into it,” says Rick Bass. “It comes to you, unbidden.” But does it, for your protagonist?

Writing Prompt: The Mount

This is the allee at The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Would your character think it’s peaceful? Or terrifyingly empty?

Writing Prompt: Casualties

John Irving says that writing a novel is actually searching for victims. Who are the casualties in your story?

Writing Prompt: Stand Up

Who are your protagonist’s friends? Write about your hero’s relationship with them, and how he might have to stand up to them during the course of your story.

Writing Prompt: Kids and Animals

Kids and animals are too much competition in scenes … usually. Try writing a scene with your protagonist interacting with either, or both.

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