The secret of being a bore is to tell everything, says Voltaire. Is that what you want in your writing?
Do you treat your writing like a job or like a relationship? Take a tip from Jessica Strawser on how you might improve that.
Do you know what your hero wants? Does she want power, love, money, revenge? Does he want freedom, success, joy, approval?
When was the last time you cried? Set a timer and write about that for 20 minutes.
Joan Didion says that writers are always selling someone out. Who are you selling out?
What if your manuscript avoided the happily ever after?
Oscar Wilde wants you to misbehave. You have 20 minutes.
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?
This is the allee at The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Would your character think it’s peaceful? Or terrifyingly empty?