Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Writing Prompts and New Release

I'm getting really excited for my friend Angela Scott. Her first book is going to be released sometime in March. What makes this so exciting, not just that she is one of my favorite people, but her book started out as a writing exercise--a double dog dare.

We've been writing buddies for a while and used to meet regularly to talk about writing and whatever else--mostly writing. We thought we'd change things up and challenged each other to write out of our comfort zone. Elisa, our nonfiction and YA writing buddy, was challenged to write romance. Me, the suspense/women's fiction girl, landed sci-fi/fantasy. And, just because we love to torture Angela, we dared her to write a zombie western.

The jokes on us, I suppose, because she is in love with her zombies. She even has a another zombie YA book brewing after the two in her Zombie West Series.

I know there are a lot of writing exercises out there to wrangle your creative juices. What are some of yours? 

If you have a minute check out the link to my first photo challenge using a photo from my friend's Flickr account as a writing prompt.

Finding Inspiration: My First Writing Challenge 


Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a great result from writing exercises! Must admit I've never read a zombie book, but isn't good to push our creative boundaries.

In our writing group, we've used postcards and the front picture from greetings cards to kick-start our imagination - and it works!

J.L. Campbell said...

I read the opening of Angela's book. It drew me in and kept me interested. Wishing her the best!

Angela Scott said...

Hey, that's me up there!

Thanks Diana. I just say don't knock the writing exercises because you just may never know where you'll end up. Open yourself to new possibilities--zombies and all.

Vicki Tremper said...

Very cool! Congrats Angela! I don't use writing prompts only because I haven't yet had the time to work on something other than the ideas I already have. It's really great that your writing group challenged each other to write something out of your comfort zone. Good luck!

Diana said...

I have been having the hardest time trying to comment on my blog and others, I finally got the pop up window and woohoo I can comment. The trouble is, I have visited other blogs with the same problems.

Thanks for commenting and I haven't been ignoring you!!