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Describe an Awkward First Date
Take the following text writing prompt: Describe AN awkward first date. Notice how it does not say, “Describe YOUR most awkward first date.” The secret to a successful text prompt is to make the wording a bit loose and open-ended so you are not limited to your own experiences

Big Man Little Man
This photo writing prompt might pique your creativity. The somewhat surrealistic photograph could inspire fiction from many different genres, especially horror or science-fiction.

Why Use Text Writing Prompts?
Text writing prompts are better than picture writing prompts at conveying complex situations with precision.

Why Use Picture Writing Prompts?
Picture writing prompts are better than text writing prompts at bypassing your analytical mind with an image and eliciting a strong emotional response that makes you want to write.

Why Use a Pen Name?
A pen name, also known as a pseudonym, is an author name that you choose to attach to your writing. Why would authors want to publish their work under anything other than their real names?

Advantages to Self-Publishing
I have published fiction through traditional royalties-paying publishers, and I have self-published fiction and nonfiction with the Amazon.com Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. Both experiences have been good overall while having their pros and cons.

What is Insta-Love?
Insta-love, which is a mocking term for instant love, is a pitfall that happens in romance writing. New authors think, “What could be more romantic than love at first sight?” And they literally write characters that become united on a soul-deep level soon after meeting each other.

What is Head Hopping?
Head hopping is what the readers call it when the author jerks the perspective back and forth between two or more character viewpoints within a short span of text. Beware. Readers hate it!

Know the Unwritten Rules of Your Genre
In order to write successfully in a certain genre, you must know the unwritten rules – in short, what the readers in that genre want to see. This is overlooked by countless writers who either jump eagerly into a specific genre without researching it first, or knowingly try to break the rules.

When to Use the Cliffhanger Ending
Many new writers believe that they should write cliffhanger endings to each book in a projected series. They see it as stimulating the readers’ curiosity and providing incentive to buy the next book. But readers may see this technique as extremely manipulative.

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