30-Day Writer's Boot Camp, Writing

Day 5: Always Ready

Rachel talks about finding moments in the day to write, even if it’s one sentence, a character’s name, or the first item on a list. After all, this is Writer’s Boot Camp, so writing should always be at the center of attention. And it has been lately, but I didn’t think about keeping a notebook with me to write down my thoughts whenever they struck me. So silly to not think of this when I teach high school English where fodder is everywhere. I am to keep pen and paper with me at all times. Check.

Assignment: Detox

She asks a few questions about my life:

  • Are there a lot of annoying things happening in your life?
  • Are you frustrated about the writing process or something else?

Now I am supposed to write about it.

I am frustrated that I feel as if I come up with some good ideas for writing, but I can’t seem to get it detailed on paper or computer. On Tuesday, we got out of school a little early so I went home and I wrote for two hours. Seems awesome. It was, but I started three pieces of writing because I got to a point in each where I hit a wall and I wasn’t sure where to take the story. It was great to get the ideas out of my head and on to the computer screen, but it was beyond frustrating to see that I struggled to develop all three. I also looked at a piece I did two years ago for the start of this camp (I didn’t cry when she died) and tried to add to that one with little success.

How can I be a writer when the ideas don’t flow? How do I practice writing when I can’t seem to develop ideas? It is one thing to hit this problem sometimes, but I feel as if I hit it every time I start writing. Right now, I have no problem completing this assignment. It seems I have plenty to say on the topic of writer’s block. But how can I be a writer when I struggle to add detail to anything I write?

How’s it going for you? Do you feel as if you struggle with writer’s block all the time?

Short Story, Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter not on Sunday

Sorry for the delay for Story-Starter Sunday, folks. I’ve been sick and trying to catch up after spending two full days in bed. Without further delay, here is a another addition to Story-Starter … Sunday.

He looked at his camera to see the picture he had just taken moments ago but was shocked to see his own face in the picture smiling with his friends. 

Hope you enjoy this installment!

Happy writing!ink pen and parchment on wood

Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter Sunday

Hello, All! It’s Sunday, so it’s time for your next installment of Story-Starter Sunday! I don’t know about you, but Sundays are my days to relax. There’s no better way to relax than spending your day reading and writing. Here is your story starter for today.

Ethan sat on the couch in the furniture store and wondered how it had gone this far. 

3d Frankenstein waves hello to you

Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter Sunday!

Here is another installment of Story-Starter Sunday. What better day of the week to write? I hope you have fun with this one. Here, the sun is shining after a night of rain. Most of the snow has melted, and it’s much warmer than I thought it would be. It’s a great day to spend a little time with your notebook, computer, or journal. Here is your Story-Starter Sentence:

I opened up the love note from my boyfriend excitedly. It wasn’t until I was halfway through that I realized it wasn’t to me. 


Story-Starter Sunday

Story-Starter Sunday

Sundays are great days to take time to write something new whether it be a short story, novel, or poem. For Story-Starter Sunday, I’m going to give you a sentence to begin your piece. If you feel comfortable posting your writing on your blog, please include the link to your piece in the comments section so others can see the different ideas. Here is your Story-Starter Sentence.

Melanie took a deep breath, allowed two more tears to fall, and spoke.