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Writing Prompts #726, #727, #728, & #729

Since I'm rather sick at the moment, I'm going to just get right to it. Here are the four prompts as promised.     Prompt 726 – Creative Tag – First Line The sound of heavy boots and crashing furniture woke you from an uneasy sleep.   Prompt 727 – Creative Tag – Situational writing Now for something a little different. Your scene is created based on what happened to you last. Who was the last person you talked to? They are now your main charact

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #724 & #725

Happy Friday, y'all!  Sorry for the delayed prompts today, but here you go!  Hopefully these inspire you to write something, whether you're a seasoned author or someone writing for the first time. Enjoy!     Prompt 724 – Creative Tag – New Year, New You On New Year’s Eve like so many others you made a promise that in the new year you would change and do much better. Having had a bit too much to drink and no one special to share the night with you went home and col

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #722 & #723

Hey All!  Have you missed the prompts for the last few weeks? Now that the anthologies are fully posted, it's time to return to our weekly prompts. If you haven't already done so, make sure you check out the 2019 Fall Anthology. There were some great entries, and I'm sure that you'll be able to find something that you like. Now, let's take a look at what prompts comicfan has for you this week!     Prompt 722 – Creative Tag – First Line “Not my problem anymore!” Prompt 72

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #720 & #721

Sorry all, I completely spaced the prompts this morning. So without further ado, here they are!     Prompt 720 – Creative Tag – Family Dinner Everyone has taken turns holding a family dinner, except you. Unfortunately, your luck has run out and everyone is coming to your house not only for dinner, but for the holiday dinner. What do you do? Prompt 721 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following in a story – a turkey, a balloon, a green coat,

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #718 & #719

Geez, I must be losing my touch as once again I just about forgot about the blog!  So, before I head off to bed, here are this weeks prompts. Hopefully they spark some ideas for you!     Prompt 718 – Creative Tag – Embarrassing Interview You finally have the interview of your dreams. Before it begins you rush to the bathroom, take care of business, wash up, and barely walk back into the waiting room when your name is called. As you head into the interview you hear

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #716 & #717

Are you looking for yet another writing opportunity here at Gay Authors? Luckily for you, we offer weekly writing opportunities for you. And if you don't know what to write, or just need that little push to get started, then the Writing Prompts are for you!   Also, while talking about writing opportunities, don't forget that the deadline for the Fall Anthology is fast approaching. Make sure to send your stories to @Valkyrie no later than the 15th.  Now, let's look at this week's prompts!  

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #714 & #715

Happy Friday, y'all!  Hope you all have had an awesome week. Are you ready for this week's prompts from @comicfan? Have a wonderful weekend!     Prompt 714 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – a purple umbrella, a bagel, a crumpled newspaper, a seagull, and a garbage can.   Prompt 715 – Creative Tag – First Line “What the hell is that?”     Did you write a prompt last week? Share the link for

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Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #712 & #713

Woohoo! We made it. Well, I sort of did. Sorry these are a few hours late. But for those of you who are just about Halloween-ed out, this week's prompts should prove a welcome break. Now, I'm sure you could find a way to spookify them if you want, but you can also go in another direction (outer space, my fav!) with the following ideas brought to you by our prompt guru, Comicfan!    Prompt 712 – Creative Tag – First Line “What can I tell him?”   Prompt 713 – Creativ

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Writing Prompts #710 & #711

Happy Friday! This week we had 2 features for a rather romantical story, but these prompts can go in completely different directions. Just what would you do if you were considered "stock"? *shudders* And fast forward past Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to plant that living tree you chose to use in an ecologically-conscious move... Is Mother Nature rewarding you? I hope to see some great prompt responses!    Prompt 710 – Creative Tag – Baby News In the order only thos

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Writing Prompts #708 & #709

I think there can be some great spooky stories to come from these prompts. A party hat, crime scene tape? A costume party gone wrong? Or just what might you see when you're tired and passing by... well, what can you come up with? Let's see some creativity!      Prompt 708 – Challenge Tag – Description Create a scene where the main character is exhausted. Make it clear to any reader how tired the character is. However, you may not use the words tired, exhausted, sleepy,

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Writing Prompts #706 & #707

October has come! It's time to enjoy some flash fiction this first Freaky Friday. What's that sound...? Is it... a creepy cackle? A spooky rattle? Maybe you can come up with a spooky twist to prompt #706 because I know that would freak me out and there's all sorts of paranormal premises that you could use! Hmm....     Prompt 706 – Creative Tag – Sleep The patient has been in the hospital for longer than you’ve been alive. They barely look eighteen, and doctors keep runn

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Writing Prompts #704 & #705

September has nearly fled, October is fast approaching, and the Extreme Halloween flash fiction stories are due. Did you write a prompt piece for that event? We're going to share it in the newsletter and more, so make sure you get that flash piece posted! If you didn't, maybe you can write something for these prompts, provided by GA's very own prompt guru, Comicfan!  Prompt 704 – Creative Tag – New Home You’ve bought a home that is over a hundred years old, but looks like brand n

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Plagarism and Protecting Your Stories

As a few authors might have noted, there was some cause for concern earlier this week in regards to unsolicited commercial interest in some GA authors' stories. We have shut that down, hopefully for good as the so-called author/eBook producer has pulled their content from sale as well, but I will be continuing to monitor content for a while to see if they pop back up again with any stories that have GA content in them stolen from the site. Which is what I'm here to talk about today... We don't j

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Writing Prompts #702 & #703

Flash fiction is a great way to help keep your inspiration juices flowing, especially if you're blocked on a long writing piece. Or you can use it to explore different writing techniques. Either way, just make sure you give it a try and pressure your author friends to try it too. In this case, peer pressure is a good thing, lol! Seriously, expand your repertoire and try your hand at something new if you haven't done it before. Or have some fun if you have but aren't really using it to push your

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Writing Prompts #700 & #701

TGIF! Yes, yes, it's Friday! Prompt Day! Thanks to Comicfan, we have many more for you to enjoy. What sort of selections do we have for you this week? Well, it's nothing so interesting as what's for dinner. Oh man, do I hate getting that question at the end of a long day when I have NO idea so sometimes my answers can be a tad... interesting, lol. Did you write a flash piece with some interesting answers as well?  Prompt 700 – Creative Tag – School You’ve just taken a class at th

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Writing Prompts #698 & #699

Well, I don't want to promise any heat this week (those weirdos in Canada already getting hail and snow, what's up with that?) but maybe down in the southern hemisphere, they're enjoying the weather shift as we begin September. Perfect weather to sit on a bench and ask a ton of questions, like in last week's prompt. Did you try it? Or did your ex crash your big engagement... from beyond the grave? *shivers* That's an October-worthy prompt right there! Make sure you share your prompts below if yo

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Writing Prompts #696 & #697

That's it. August is done. Finito. Wait... the season change doesn't come for 3 more weeks? There's still more warmth or the heat from H-E-double hockey sticks (depending on your locale) or smoke (I'm out west, it's awful!) to go? Well how about we stay indoors and read and write flash fiction? Yes, that's just the ticket!  Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 696 – Creative Tag  - The bench A bench appeared in the mid

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Another Opportunity for Learning: Plotting!

As with a few weeks ago, this Wednesday we're lacking any submissions for the author self-promotions and self-improvement blogs (shown below) so I thought we'd focus on some information and questions shared on GA by members and authors and maybe some other help I could provide when it comes to another vital aspect to writing to build on last week's post. The earlier exploring characterization explored past blogs that had different angles for writing characters as well as two file downloads I've

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Writing Prompts #694 & #695

August is winding down! How about some end of summer fun with these prompts?  If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 694 – Creative Tag – First Line I’m tired of this, so I’m going home!   Prompt 695 – Creative Tag – The role You’ve been asked to guest star on your favorite show. What is your role like

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Writing Prompts #692 & #693

Happy Friday, prompt authors! How do a few creative prompts sound for this week's challenge? There's something very, very wrong with both of these scenarios, and you have to figure out what that is... have fun!    Prompt 692 – Creative Tag – The trunk Aggravated, you march out to the garage looking for boxes to pack your belongings in. You spot the trunk in the corner, grab the handle and go to drag it out, only to nearly dislocate your shoulder. Stopping, you open the trunk

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Writing Prompts #690 & #691

Friday is here! Busy week for me yet again, with the CSR on Monday and the post about crafting characters on Wednesday. But maybe you can use some of that info to help you when writing for one of these great prompts supplied by our guru, Comicfan!    Prompt 690 – Creative Tag – The horoscope Imagine reading a horoscope and having it come true, but only in accidental ways. What happens?   Prompt 691 – Creative Tag – Fairy Tale Gone Wrong You’ve been trying

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August Author Opportunities & Character Articles

This week we have something a little different for today's blog post though we're keeping it all about improving and encouraging authors. Remember we have various opportunities for authors to be featured such as:    Story Critique: Open to all GA authors. Sign up here. Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author) Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your r

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Writing Prompts #688 & #689

Happy Friday, blog followers! Time for some flash fiction and for some weekend fun. Hopefully fun, at least. If you have to work the weekend, maybe you can write a short story for a character to have the fun you can't inspired by one of the following prompts provided by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Who doesn't enjoy a good death threat?    Prompt 688 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a nest, a spider, a snake, a bottle of wine, and a motorbike.

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Writing Prompts #686 & #687

Hi prompt blog followers! I was a little late this week, just by a few hours, but I actually dozed off last night looking for a picture and didn't get the blog quite up in time. Sorry! But you still have plenty of time today and the rest of this week to post your flash fiction inspired by the following prompts, and I did find a picture that was perfect this morning.    Prompt 686 – Creative Tag – Wish The sign read, Wishes Fulfilled – All magic comes at a price. Your friend

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Writing Prompts #684 & #685

Well, hello again, lovelies! Did you all have a good week with all my blog features? It's me again, yes again! How about some writing prompts this time, once again thought up by the amazing guru, Comicfan? Though, I did add a photo in the comments last week that went well with one of the prompts. Was that helpful to wiggle a few ideas loose? Should we add in the occasional picture inspiration to the mix or just throw some in the comments as the fancy strikes? Share your thoughts!   Pr

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