Fiction: Self-editing

Daily Prompt #30: Catharsis

Write whatever is on your mind right now.

Take five minutes.

Today, the goal is to FINISH YOUR ROUGH DRAFTS.

Already done? Fantastic! You can jump right into self-editing . Self-editing is not required, but it’s highly encouraged.  Keep in mind we will be peer editing tomorrow, so get your essay in the best shape you can today.

If at all possible, bring a typed copy of your rough draft to class tomorrow. If you can’t, make sure you write legibly.  🙂


Fiction: Dialogue

Daily Prompt #29: How many ways can you rewrite a sentence?

Take a sentence from the rough draft of your fiction piece and rewrite it at the top of this entry.

NOW, rewrite this sentence five times in five different ways.  You can add words, delete words, or take an entirely new angle.  The key is to start recognizing how much time you can spend crafting the perfect sentence.

Be prepared to share with your peers.


Let’s take a look at the fiction rubric on Google Classroom so you know exactly how you will be graded.


Today, I want to make sure you know how to write dialogue correctly.  Dialogue can be a powerful tool when writing fiction, especially when it sounds authentic.


With the time remaining, continue working on your rough drafts. Tomorrow will be your last day in class to work on them.


Also, are you participating in NaPoWriMo.?

This is the place to let us know you’re participating: I’m participating!

Happy writing!



Fiction and Verb Tense

Daily Prompt #26: Verb Tense

Take one of your six-word stories (or a sentence from the fiction piece you’re currently working on) and rewrite it the following ways:

*present tense

*past tense

*future tense

Which do you prefer for this story and why?

Take five minutes.

Verb tense is pretty important for a story. For most, you’ll choose past or present tense, but you have to consider what makes the most sense for your story. What feels right? Most important of all, are you staying consistent? The second you start shifting tenses, you lose your reader.

As you work on your fiction pieces today, jot down answers to the following in your notebook alongside the rough draft you’re crafting:

What genre(s) am I writing in? What should I include in my story because of this?

Does my story fit within the roller coaster plot or the hero’s journey? Are there stages missing I want to include?

What point of view am I writing in? From which character’s perspective?

What verb tense am I writing in?

Use this class period to get as much of a rough draft done as possible.

Happy writing!

Creating Characters

Daily Prompt #24Story Title Ideas

Using the title generator above, write a piece of flash fiction for the title generated.

Write for five minutes.

Today, I want you to start creating well-developed characters for the plot lines you began yesterday.

Let’s review the packet on “Creating Well-Developed Characters” together.

For the remainder of the hour, complete as much of the character questionnaire as you can in your notebooks. Your ideas may change as you continue to develop your story and that’s okay!  The key is to simply start.

You need to decide on your plot for your short story or novel excerpt by the end of the class today so you don’t get behind. If you’re still stuck on plot ideas, select one of your flash fiction pieces from last week to expand upon.

Happy writing!


Developing Plot

Daily Prompt #23Story Title Ideas

Using the title generator above, write a piece of flash fiction for the title generated.

Write for five minutes.

Today, you’re going to start work on your fiction pieces.

To help you generate ideas, you’re going to work in groups and complete the following on white boards (be prepared to share with the class). The ideas shared are free game for anyone in the class to use. More than one person can use the same idea. 🙂

Generate ONE idea for a short story with the following information:

  • Potential Title
  • Plot (use the half sheet plot chart provided to help you)
  • List of characters
  • List of settings (including all years and times)
  • Main theme
  • Genre (the one it most fits under)

After sharing, use the remainder of the class to write and fill out the blank plot chart provided for your own fiction story (use the basic chart for writing a short short and the hero’s journey chart for novel excerpts).

Happy writing!


Short Stories and Novel Excerpts: reading samples

Daily Prompt #22: Take Three Nouns

Let’s have some fun with the plot generator site I showed you last this. Today, we’re going to use the site to generate three random nouns.

Write for seven minutes. Be prepared to share.

Today, we’re going to read some student samples of short stories and novel excerpts. Hopefully, this will give you a clearer idea of what you might want to do for your own fiction piece!

Let’s start with short stories; take ten minutes to read the two samples. When you’re done, you’ll discuss in groups, and then as a whole class, the following:

*What do these short stories have in common?

*What is different?

*What do you notice these short stories need to have?

*What questions do you have after reading these short stories?

Now let’s read the novel excerpts. As before, take ten minutes to read the samples, then be prepared to discuss them.


Genres of Fiction

Daily Prompt #21: Lifing a Line

Take a line you highlighted or underlined or starred in your notebooks from a couple of weeks ago. Make it the first line of a new piece and begin adding on to it.

Take five minutes.

Today, we’re going to talk about genre.

In the context of writing, the word genre is a reference to a type of writing which has unique characteristics in regards to narrative elements such as setting, plot, character, and theme (just to name a few).

Brainstorm as many genres as you can think of and write them in your notebooks. Then, identify the following on your list:

* your favorite genre to READ

* your favorite genre to WRITE

* genres you’ve never read or written

Be prepared to discuss.


Here is an additional list of genres: 35 Genres


Let’s play around with genre for a bit. Write down the following sentence:

A man walked down the street.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a mystery.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a sci fi. 

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a romance.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a comedy.

Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a historical fiction.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a fantasy.


Rewrite this sentence as the first line of a realistic fiction.