Tastes of Summer Writing Prompts

On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.

June means summer is just around the corner and I can’t wait. For me, summer means beachtime, hikes, and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. And copious amounts of writing.

To facilitate that, here are four new writing prompts for you to get writing this month! Make like Ray Bradbury and write a short story a week!

Here we go!

  1. Write the origin story of the s’more. Make it as funny or as sad as you want.
  2. Write a short story about a lemon from seed to lemonade. Use all the senses and write in as much detail as possible.
  3. Write a story about a young girl or boy experiencing a soda shoppe for the first time. Make it historically accurate and richly detailed.
  4. Write a fictionalized account of your favorite summer memory.

Get writing friends! Enjoy the spare time of summer and fine tune your skills.

Cheers!

 



Write Amazing Characters

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed as a blogger in the writing community is the HUGE amount of incredible information out there to help writers. I’ve learned so much from my fellow writers and my writing has improved, simply by reading their posts and taking in their knowledge and experiences.

One clear positive trend I’ve noticed in my writing is how much my characters have improved. In all my stories, my characters have grown, changed, and become dynamic people I really love. But this isn’t an easy tast.

So I wanted to do something a little different today: here’s a roundup post of some of my absolute favorite blog posts and articles on character development and creation. Dig in and get to creating those incredible characters!

Naming characters is one of my favorite things and almost always where I begin when it comes to creating characters…Victoria from Something Delicious has a great post on finding the perfect name for your characters!

Faye has a post on getting into your character’s head that doesn’t involve you filling out pages and pages of a character profile.

I don’t know about you but I love any sort of personality profile, just so I can get to know myself better. Knowing the personality profiles of your significant other, your family members, your friends, and your characters is helpful information to have in life. I love this post from Victoria on using the Myers-Briggs types to help you write your characters.

I wrote a post on creating emotional depth in your characters and it’s one of my most popular posts to date. I detail the exact things your characters need to resonate with your readers.

Kristen from Well-Storied wrote a great post with tips on discovering your characters’ voices. There’s even tips on writing in multiple POVs!

Rachel wrote on how to write character driven plots, which is a must read for anyone wanting to focus on character in their story.

Kristen also wrote an incredible post on crafting strong character arcs that will have you writing strong characters with believable motivations and personalities like nobody’s business.

Good luck writing awesome characters! I hope these posts help!

Cheers!



8 Things I’ve Learned from Writing This Blog

I started the Lexicon Writing Blog a year ago with one main goal: I wanted to get myself writing again. It occurred to me that I could write about writing, so over a few months, the idea of the Lexicon Writing Blog rolled around in my head until May 21, 2016, when I pressed publish on the blog’s first ever post: May’s Writing Prompts.

Little did I know what was in store for me once I pushed that button. Continue Reading

How to Find Your Story’s Genre, Even If It Fits in Several

Pick your story's main genre when it could find into several.

Do you read a particular genre over and over again? Do you continue returning to sci-fi or historical fiction or steampunk or YA?

If you’re looking for me in a bookstore, you’ll find me in the fantasy or historical fiction sections. I keep returning to books that have magic, that takes me out of my modern world, that send me on quests and have me talking with creatures or people I’d never otherwise know.

But in many instances, a story can have more than one genre. What might be classified as Fantasy could also fall into the steampunk category. What could be called mystery could also be considered a historical fiction.

It’s incredibly helpful to know what genre your story fits into mostly. Picking one genre creates a strong tool for you as you publish your work. Not just for purposes of finding your audience, but knowing your main genre helps you determine where best to market your book, how to market it, and helps your story be found on Goodreads, Amazon, and other online book websites. Continue Reading

Working With Cliches

Use these three common cliches to your storytelling advantage without sounding...cliche.

Cliches are…well, a lot of things: annoying, frustrating, predictable, excuses to get out of being creative. So it’s easy to write off books and stories full of cliches as half-assed pieces of potentially fine writing.

But there is a reason cliches are used frequently: they resonate.

The best way to connect with your readers is to write stories that will resonate deeply with them, stories that they can relate back to their life experiences and take with them into the world. And sometimes, the best way to do that is by using a cliche. Continue Reading

Birthday Writing Prompts

The Lexicon Writing Blog turns 1! I'm sharing my favorite writing prompts from the year in this post! writing prompts | get writing

On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.

May 2017 marks The Lexicon Writing Blog’s one year anniversary! I can’t even believe it! Writing this blog has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done all year and I’m so thrilled you all love it as much as I do.

In honor of that, I’m sharing my favorite writing prompts from the past year! Get writing this month. 🙂 Continue Reading