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30Days-THINK
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.
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Today, I will be a Grinch, a mean one.
Why? Because fiction is built on conflict: without bad things happening, the reader is bored. A bored reader equals failure!

Today, I’m going to fill up my 750 words with things that can go wrong in my WIP (work in progress). I’ll go from the totally ridiculous chain-saw massacre things to the kindergarten and tea party small things. Anything and everything that can go wrong.

If I run out of ideas, I’ll try a different scene. But today, I’m all Grinch: my heart is two sizes too small and mean and nasty. Don’t talk to ME today or I’ll snap off your head!

Lists. I don’t care if I write complete sentences or not.

Tip: If you’re using 750words.com like I am, after you write, click on the green image of the number of word you wrote at the bottom of the page. It will take you to your Stats. One of the stats is your state of mind: you’ll see a pie-chart that shows if your writing today was Affectionate, Self-Expressive, Self-Important, Happy, Upset, Sad, or Anxious. I am shooting for Upset, Sad and Anxious today. NO happy, NO Affectionate. GRRRR!


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1 Comment
  • Patti Mallett
    January 7, 2012

    GREAT TIPS ON HERE!! I’m off to check out the “750 word site!” Today I will think Grrrrrrrrrr (which might be difficult with the sunshine and warm temps)!

    Thanks, Darcy!