2021 Prompt Calendar

Welcome to the 2021 Prompt Calendar! These short story prompts are designed to give you a little push in the creative department if you aren’t sure where you want to put your words. We don’t consider these “challenge” prompts so no pressure. If you wish to participate there is no…

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Rime of the Modern Writer

When I was a wee writer, back before bread came pre-sliced, when I wanted to write, I just wrote. Comfort wasn’t a factor and environment wasn’t much of one either—provided water wasn’t falling from the sky directly on my head. Then I went through my Goldilocks phase where everything had…

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Head Canon Fodder

I wrote fanfiction privately for years. I really didn’t fully comprehend the scope of fandom until the late 90s. The Internet exposed me to a profound cultural experience, the likes of which I didn’t know was possible. In a way, fandom saved the writer in me. It gave me a…

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Balancing Id in Your Writing

I’ve been struggling to write this year in a way I haven’t experienced in almost two decades. I’ve started many projects, but I haven’t gotten very far with anything because everything feels flat. When I was deciding on my NaNoWriMo project, I had many options plotted, and every one of…

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Fanart and You

1) You should be having some degree of fun making your art! If you’re not having fun, try a different medium. Traditional art has always invoked mixed emotions in me but photo manipulation? I love it wholeheartedly! 2) An encouraging voice makes things a lot easier. Even if it’s just…

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Creative Synergy

I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2002. I avoided organized groups and even the website itself at that time. Writing was a very solitary endeavor for me as a young woman because it was such a personal thing for me. The idea of sharing my work with…

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In Vino, Veritas

I got asked recently to write out how I feel about NANO… I both love and loathe NANO. Let me explain why. For the love it column… Dude, I get to read new stories. Ones that are raw, new, and good. Why I loathe it? Because I am masochistic enough…

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The Ugly Underbelly of Fandom

There is a certain kind of writer who attaches no value to their own work on an emotional level. They write for attention. It’s the same kind of “writer” who dreams of writing a book so they’d be rich and famous. This is also the kind of “writer” who wants…

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Fetishizing Actors in Fandom

I could spend a whole year talking about the fetishizing of men in fandom because it is widespread and it leads to some truly ugly behavior on the parts of fans. It breeds contempt for show creators and sometimes obsessions with actors that can and have gotten dangerously out of…

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10 Reasons to be a Polyfandmous Writer

Having one fandom can be isolating. Creatively speaking, the canon of your fandom could and probably will provide a very narrow window of exploration. Especially with a fandom that will have no canon material to offer you. One fandom means, you’ll often gravitate toward siloed spaces for your fandom or…

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