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Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here.

Is 750 words per day getting easier or harder? January 2012 is a month when I am making a commitment to write at least 750 words each day.

For me, it’s hard to get started, but goes easily once I actually go to 750words.com and log in. Just knowing that it is timed makes me work hard for the 15 minutes or so it takes.

One of the typical creative writing prompts is to think of an embarrassing moment and describe that. I agree that’s a good prompt and here’s why. When you Think Like a Writer, you know that fiction must put your characters into a bad situation and make it even worse.

Without conflict, there is no fiction. But we love our characters and hate to make things worse for them. This time, you must make things as difficult as possible for your character. Put your character into a difficult situation; then make it worse; then make it worse.

Then, make it even worse. No let up.
It can be an embarrassing thing, or stressful, or painful. Just create a scene where the situation gets worse and worse and worse, without relief.

Now that, is thinking like a writer.

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4 Comments
  • Stephanie
    January 17, 2012

    The new movie, The Decendants, is a great example of this. It just keeps getting worse and worse for the main character, played by George Clooney. After we left I mentioned to my husband that it would be a great way to demonstrate how to “pile it on” for a character.

  • Darcy Pattison
    January 17, 2012

    Stephanie:
    I’ll have to look for that one! Thanks for sharing!
    Darcy

  • Loni
    January 17, 2012

    I’ve signed up on 750words.com. I don’t think I’ll actually make that many words a day, but it’s a nice motivator.

  • Darcy Pattison
    January 18, 2012

    Even if you don’t make it EVERY day, it’s still a good exercise. But my friend is a motivator: Charlie has ridden his bike over 25 miles a day for 3000 days straight without missing a day. If he can do that, surely I can write 750 words daily!
    Darcy