Third Blog Post Due

Hi folks!

Here is your to-do list for today:

  1. Post some flash fiction on your blog (this counts as your third blog post and is worth 4 formative points).
  2. Read your peers’ blogs and post comments. You should read at least five other peers’ blogs.
  3. Make sure you’re working on Creative Writing class activities the entire time.

Happy reading and writing!



Flash Fiction: Day Four

Daily Prompt #20: Inspired by an Image

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Write for ten minutes on what the story is behind this picture.

Today is our last day working directly with flash fiction. We’re going to consolidate these strategies and use each other’s writing for inspiration.

Step One: write a six-word story OR two-sentence story (your choice) on an index card. No name.

Step Two: turn your index card in to me.


Step Three: I will redistribute the cards so everyone gets a new one. Read it, then write a 50-word story inspired by it in your notebook first.

Step Four: once you are happy with the draft in your notebook, transfer it to the back of the index card. No name.

Step Five: turn in the index card.


Step Six: I’ll be sharing these with the class throughout the next couple weeks.


Flash Fiction: Day Three

Daily Prompt #19: A Given Scenario

Let’s use this plot generator to give us a scenario to write about. This is a great site when you’re struggling for ideas, but feel the need to write!

For ten minutes, start writing a short story using this scenario.

Before we move on, let’s share some of our writing inspired by yesterday’s two-sentence stories.

Today, we’re going to try our hand at 50-word stories. Let’s look at some samples to get a sense of how long that really is.

The key to writing a 50-word story is this: write about a brief moment in time, and don’t worry about the word count. Once you’re done, go back and edit until you get to 50-words. This activity teaches you to discipline yourself as a writer, including only the words which matter most.

Find a partner and write a 50-word story together. We’ll be sharing a few with the class. 

Need help with an idea? Use the plot generator, or any of your flash fiction from this week!




Flash Fiction: Day Two

Daily Prompt #18:

I write because I can’t sleep.   ~ Ben Mezrich

Write for seven minutes on this six-word story. See where it takes you.

Today, we’re going to study and write two-sentence stories.   Similar to six-word stories, the focus is on brevity and diction, but you have a little more leeway.

Here’s a couple of spooky samples taken from a website:

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

She asked why I was breathing so heavily.  I wasn’t.


Okay, try making your own two-sentence stories now.  It doesn’t have to be scary.


From the ones you wrote, pick your favorite two-sentence story and write in on a post-it note. Post it on our board.


Now, grab a post-it and stick it in your notebook. Underneath, write a short story inspired by it.





Flash Fiction: Day One

Daily Prompt #17: Inspired by Images

Photo courtesy of Pixabay


For the next few weeks, our focus will be on writing fiction. This week, we will be focusing specifically on flash fiction.

Why?  Because of its brevity, flash fiction requires you to write perfectly and precisely.  It’s a great way to fine tune your skills!

Today, we’ll look at six-word stories.   Here’s a classic example by Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

In your notebooks, write down the “story” hidden inside this piece of flash fiction.

Let’s discuss.

Let’s look at a few more examples.

Now, write your own!


Trade notebooks.  Write your reactions to another person’s six-word story in his/her notebook.  What is the hidden story you see?





NaNoWriMo: Which genre will you choose?

DP #26: Two Sentence stories

Like six-words stories, the focus is on brevity. Here’s a sample!

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

Now try writing your own. Feel free to write several.

Take five minutes.

Something to consider when you begin writing your novel is the genre you’ll be writing in.

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.


In preparation for NaNoWriMo (you’re signing up officially in the lab tomorrow!), let’s look at pages 43-45 in your workbooks. There, you will find survival tips, a contract, and a calendar.

To help you figure out what your word count should be, use this helpful guide.

NaNoWriMo: What am I going to write about?!?!?

DP #25: Six-word Stories

Here’s an example of a six-word story by Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Write down what you think the longer story is behind this short one.

Write for five minutes.

Six-word stories can be a fantastic way to get ideas for longer stories, even novels!

Write one now on an index card (no need for a name). We’ll be passing them around in a few minutes for everyone to read. Then, I’ll collect them and keep them handy if anybody needs one for inspiration in the coming weeks!

Still struggling with what to write your novel about? Get ideas for your novel here! This is an awesome site that automatically generates ideas for you, ranging from title to plots to dialogue. I highly recommend it if you’re ever stuck. Let’s play around with it a little now.

Keep thinking of ideas: official writing time starts in just SIX DAYS!