Ghosts from the Past

It’s the beginning of a new year for some of us, and as days start to get longer, these weeks sometimes feel magically timeless. Old memories visit, new memories slowly compile, and I often experience a shivering sensation of mental states long past. It’s the perfect time to examine where you want to go in […]

Science Fiction Night

Here’s a short science fiction prompt from last night’s workshop. We spent even more time than usual last night writing. We squeezed in several prompts including an x-page. PROMPT This prompt reminds me of David Marusek’s stories. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Write a story that comes from this quote: “It’s not really a […]

Dealing with Procrastination

Procrastination and writer’s block can be big challenges for writers of many experience levels. Strategies for dealing with either are topics for whole books! The reasons we conflict with procrastination and writer’s block are also complex, and, likely, those complexities could be subjects of entire psychology books, if they are not already. One suggestion that […]

Word Rotisserie

Do you ever find yourself repeating and reshaping words or phrases in your mind? I do. Quite a lot actually. I like the way certain phrases feel chewy in my mouth, like I need to tenderize them with my teeth. David Weinstock suggests there are two ways to turn a sentence. First, so that the […]

Death Does Not Silence The Voices

This prompt grows out of a Nanowrimo word sprint dare from our “Sprint to the Finish” party at the Bixby Library. As many people were finishing up their novels, I gathered a few prompts that were more focused on fiction writing (and pantsers in particular), but I also adapted them for poets writing in our […]

Give Thanks

Just a simple writing prompt today, as we continue our struggles to digest Thanksgiving feasts. PROMPT In honor of the holiday, write a poem that expresses your thanks to an important figure in your life. Your tune might be sarcastic or genuine. You might address someone who was a bad influence, you might address your […]


We often use the term addiction to exaggerate our attachment to objects or behaviors. At the same time, we also discount the ease with which we can become addicted. With opiate crisis affecting individuals and families just about everywhere we look, this underestimation could be a serious mistake. Addictive behavior is much more than chemical […]