October 2014 Issue
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Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Creative Writing Prompts
Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.
A knock at the door catches you off-guard. Upon answering it, you’re greeted by a man who says he’s from the future—and he can prove it. More important, he says he has … Read more
You are given the opportunity to talk to one dead person and tell him one thing that you didn’t get to before he passed away. Who would you pick and what would … Read more
You and two friends are out to dinner when a woman walks up to you and says, “My husband and I have a disagreement and we’d like you to decide who is … Read more
You arrive at work to find all the items in your cube packed up in a box. There’s no note and you have no idea what is going on. Write this scene. … Read more
You’re riding an elevator when the power goes out. The situation take a turn when the pregnant woman next to you goes into labor. Post your response (500 words or less) in … Read more
You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late. Post your response … Read more
A friend knocks on your door. Her father has had a heart attack and she must leave town immediately to visit—only problem is she needs someone to watch over her very unusual … Read more
One week after attending the funeral of a close friend, you receive a postcard in the mail with the words, “I’m not dead. Meet me tonight at Guido’s Pizzeria. Tell no one.” … Read more
Write a 20-line poem (rhyming or non-rhyming) dedicated to your favorite piece of clothing (could be a shirt, hat, shoes, etc.). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
You’re at work and you print something personal (and sensitive). Unfortunately, you’ve sent it to the wrong printer and, by the time you realize it, someone else has already scooped it up. … Read more
Write about your favorite childhood memory of playing in the snow. If you’ve never been around snow, write about what you dream it’d be like. Post your response (500 words or less) … Read more
Your name is called: You’ve won the “Album of the Year” Grammy for your album, (fill in the blank). You step up to the podium to accept your award and, halfway through, … Read more
It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me … .” Post … Read more
You’re standing outside a restaurant next to a phone booth when, suddenly, it rings. Your gut tells you not to answer it, but with each ring you can’t resist. Finally you pick … Read more
Your plane crashes on a deserted island. You and two other passengers survive. The only salvageable items from the plane are pair of scissors, a stopwatch and an electric keyboard. Use these … Read more
Write the last line to an unwritten novel that’s so intriguing that others won’t help but want to read the book. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2010? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to … Read more
The countdown clock for Christmas is ticking. Santa’s elves begin working their magic on the assembly lines, but the line comes to a screeching halt when rumors leak that one elf is … Read more
Write about the only time you hosted Thanksgiving. Start with the line, “For my first Thanksgiving as host, I bought the biggest turkey they had in the store,” and end your story … Read more
You wake up one day with an unusual super power that seems pretty worthless—until you are caught in a situation that requires that specific “talent.” Post your response (500 words or less) … Read more
You wake up shackled to a chair and can’t remember how you got there. Two voices are talking. You recognize one of them. Post your response (500 words or less) in the … Read more
You arrive at an annual Halloween party only to discover that someone else is dressed in the same costume as you. Bad things start happening to you throughout the night and you … Read more
Write a one-paragraph bio about your writing career to date. Then, write the one-paragraph bio you expect to have in 2020 (including all your major writing accomplishments). Post your response (500 words … Read more
You’re 12 years old and have entered a school Halloween costume contest. There’s stiff competition, though you’re confident you’ll win—until you find out someone has bribed the judge. Write this scene. Post … Read more
Your closest friend has asked you to give a speech at his/her wedding. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.