Need a Prompt??

My friend Jack Owens is a talented writer, savvy journalist, and all around dry-witted bloke from across the sea.  Not all that long ago, he shared a short piece with me about a writer who couldn’t find anything to write about. It was horribly accurate and though funny in tone, frustrating as all get out. I’m with Jack on this – how in the WORLD could that be?

But I’ve had folks ask me when I do a signing or speak to a group, where do you get your ideas?  I’m here to tell you, ideas for great stories are as plentiful as rain drops in a hurricane. Read Mark Twain if you don’t believe me! Just keep your eyes and ears open and jot things down. Clip newspaper headlines and stash them in a folder; or all that failing, get official, no-kidding writing prompts from the Writers Digest magazine.

But to show you what I mean about the everyday world,  take a look and see if you don’t think you could mine some award-winning scenarios from the folks who cross your path…

Phone call from daughter in regards to 4 year-old grandson who drew a Sharpie mustache on his face the day before pre-K orientation – “Magic Eraser really doesn’t work very well on skin.”

Stunned neighbor when the police arrived at the house – “The dog drove the car through the brand new garage door. Almost killed the cat.”

Kids who stopped by with school fundraiser – “Dad’s gonna kill Mom if we don’t sell enough gift wrap this year…” (a new type of sales pitch!)

Farmer at the John Deere exhibition, country fair – “Lettuce froze, tater’s drowned, sorghum burned. Don’t need no new tractor. How much you give me for the old one?”

Keep writing!!!



About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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