Using Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age for inspiration, how do you see the English language evolving? What words will change, what will get added, and what will be lost?
Its time for a genre mashup! K.B. Spangler liberally mixes cyber-punk with procedural drama for a unique storyline in A Girl and Her Fed as well as her two spin-off novels, Digital Divide and Makerspace. Now you get to take two of your favorite genres and create a story that makes liberal use of components from each side!
I want you to try something different today. Instead of writing, I want you to read–your own work–out loud. Find those spots that sound weak, or you trip over when speaking out loud and work on editing those. Then read it out loud again.
We all have our favorite stories, so take your favorite fairy tale or just-so story or romance and change its genre. What would happen if your witch was actually a scientist or your hunky lead was a werewolf?
So, I’ve been thinking a lot about reviews lately (gee, I wonder why?) but in this vein, write a review. Not a serious review, but a review with a story. You know the type I’m talking about, the hilariously funny, the unintentionally heart-breaking, go for it. Give us a story in a review of a product or place!
In honor of my book launching next week, what is the one thing you never thought you’d be able to do? Or what is the one thing your character thought they would never be able to do? Now, how do they do it?
This week we celebrated President’s Day with a day off of work and lots of lovely sales. I want you to write a story about the leader of a country in turmoil. Real or imagined, what kind of choices to they face and how do they hold up? Do they succeed? Or do they fail?
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day’s namesake, write a story about someone helping out a persecuted minority, as Saint Valentine helped the Christians of his time. Yeah, yeah, roses and tulips and all that crap, but really, what’s more awesome than a man put to death for performing secret marriages?
Following in the footsteps of Terry Border‘s art, animate an inanimate object and have it share its secret desires and ambitions with us.