Write Over the Hump

A new year begins, and so does a new year of writing prompts! As a reminder, here are the “rules”:

1) You can change the pronoun/name to suit the genre you write, but the sentence has to be the opening of whatever you produce.

2) You have only 10 minutes to write. Set a timer and write until it dings.

3) Keep your pen moving, your fingers typing. Don’t try to edit anything, just write. (You can always go back later and edit/rewrite if you wish, just not when you do the exercise.)

4) And most of all have fun!

And now for the first prompt of the new year… We mine our lives to find our stories and to write believable emotions into them. This week, explore a common experience to inform and deepen your writing.

Write about something that got lost. What was it? Did you find it? What did its absence mean to you? How did finding it again make you feel? Did anything in your life change because of losing/finding this thing?

About Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is a professional freelance editor, writing instructor and multi-award winning author of 21 books—6 nonfiction on writing (Write It Right), 6 suspense novels and 7 collections of award-winning short stories. She also has stories in both volumes of "Deadlines", the new anthology from the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Tales from a Rocky Coast, and the SLO NightWriter anthology. Under the pen name Susan Grace O'Neill, she is the author of the Journey With Jesus series: Lord, Let Me Grow (Parables) vol. 1, and Lord, Let Me Walk (Lent). She is currently working on volume #2 of her Skylark P.I. series (a PI with paranormal abilities), as well as 2 YA fantasy series. And she teaches fiction writing in both the morning and afternoon every Wednesday. Email her if you're interested in joining her class. And follow her on Twitter and FaceBook.