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  • 20 Unusual Romance Creative Writing Prompts for Writers
    Romance is one of the biggest, most popular genres, not only for novels, but also for poetry, movies, and more. And, with the thousands of romance stories written, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas. If you enjoy writing romance, but are having trouble brainstorming ideas, here are some creative writing prompts and story ideas that will hopefully lead you to your next great romance story. A heartbroken man turns to a mysterious visitor for help. A blind date becomes the adventure of a lifetime when an apocalyptic storm approaches. The character falls in love with someone who claims they’ve been dead for ten years. After meeting through a matchmaking app, two characters learn the true reason they were paired together. In a long distance relationship, two characters search for each other after a geomagnetic event. The character meets someone who matches their fortune teller’s description of their soulmate. The same love story plays out every 50 years with seemingly the same two people. A scientist trying to concoct a love potion falls for the protestor criticizing the trial. The character falls for the person their trying to match-make. Two archeologists uncover an ancient treasure that brings them together. Check Out The New Creative Writing Prompt Generator Here! A musician finds herself competing against her crush. A couple’s love is tested when an old letter reveals a huge secret. After many years after a brief fling, two characters come together. A relationship that starts after a character mistakes the love interest for their blind date. After an experimental love serum was stolen and given to the public unknowingly, no one can trust their own feelings. A character who falls in love while on a spur of the moment weekend getaway. When the character separates from their partner they end up falling in love and much choose between them. Just after getting married to the love of her life, a character begins to unravel an unnerving web of lies and her partner’s disturbing past. After the character can’t remember who they are and must rely on an old enemy to help, they begin to grow close. A romance begins as two strangers begin having the same reoccurring dream. Sign up for my mailing list and receive exclusive content, printables, and more! Similar Posts You May Find Helpful:
  • I Have a Great Story Idea—What Should I Do With It as an Amateur Writer?
    You’ve thought up a wonderful idea for a story you are eager to write. Once you’ve brainstormed some more, you have a solid plot and are sure people will enjoy it. But, now what? Your first thought is probably to write a book, which is the preferred medium of many writers, especially beginner writers. Hold on, though, because writing a book is only one option, and some stories work so much better when written in a different form. Beginner writers often stick to writing novels, short stories, and poems because they are more simple mediums and don’t require much upfront knowledge. However, many writers get stuck as their writing style is more suited to different mediums. Unfortunately, other writing forms can be tricky to learn and many beginners don’t know where to begin. However, as much as I recommend exploring other writing mediums, let’s first take a look at their pros and cons, so you can figure out which is best for your story idea. The Pros and Cons of Different Writing Mediums There are many writing mediums, some more popular than others, and all with their unique pros and cons. For this post, we will be discussing three different mediums: prose writing (including novels, novellas, and short stories), screenwriting (including screenplays and TV scripts), and graphic novels/comics. Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories This is where many writers begin, and not many explore past prose. These mediums are great for many writers and don’t require much learning beforehand. And, with few industry standards for writing prose, you can really be creative and let your imagination run wild. However, not all stories shine when written in these formats, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons. Pros Cons Great For Screenwriting Writing for the big screen, whether television or movies, can be daunting for many writers. With all of the rules, standards, and software, it can be difficult to know where to begin. However, screenwriting is where many writers shine and can be fun to explore. There are some things you can do through screenwriting that aren’t possible in books. Adding easter eggs, visual gags, and similar elements are fun ways to bring your story to life. Let’s look at the pros and cons of screenwriting. Pros Cons Great For Graphic Novels/Comics A special writing medium, comic writing is truly an art form. Creating engaging stories through art and writing is a careful balance. Some writers truly seem made to write comics and it’s where they work best. However, if you’re not one to collaborate, it may be difficult. So, let’s look at some pros and cons of comic writing. Pros Cons Great For Which Is Best for My Story? Now that we’ve seen the pros and cons of different writing mediums, do you have an idea of which is best for your story? Remember, it’s not just which works best for your story, but what works for you as a writer. Don’t be afraid to explore different formats and find what works for you. Whichever you decide, be sure to write your story idea and create something wonderful. Explore Other Mediums As I mentioned, screenwriting can be difficult to dive into. If you think your story idea would best fit with screenwriting but don’t know how, here are some resources. I have written a few posts about screenwriting that cover the basics, the software, and the formatting. Feel free to check them out: Sign up for my mailing list and receive exclusive content, printables, and more! Similar Posts You May Find Helpful:
  • How To Create Vivid and Memorable Fantasy and Sci-Fi Worlds in Creative Writing
    Memorable worlds in creative writing allow the reader to truly feel a part of them. The characters and scenery come alive to create a place we can disappear within. And, sometimes we love these worlds so dearly that we create pieces of them in our own world (take Harry Potter World at Disney). But how do we create these memorable worlds in creative writing? And what is it that makes them so memorable? Writing a story that readers can get lost in requires worlds that feel real and alive. The world your story takes place in may be entirely based on our own world, or it may be a world of magic and fantasy that you bring to life through your writing. As these worlds stray further from our own, it takes more work to bring them to life. A story of a simple romance that takes place in modern-day Alaska is much easier to bring to life than one of superheroes with other-worldly powers or one that takes place on an entirely different planet in a futuristic universe. But that realism in whichever story is what makes them memorable. With fantasy and science fiction stories, the worlds can quickly and easily become messy, unrealistic, and confusing. That’s why it’s imperative to understand world-building and create a plan for your story. So, let’s take a look at how we can create vivid and memorable worlds in creative writing. Start With a Plan If you have no plan for your world, creating it will be far from simple. And, not only will it be difficult, but you’ll take twists and turns and backtrack unnecessarily. Save yourself time and stress by starting with a plan. You’ll want to have an idea of what your world will be like and how that will come across in your story. To keep all of this information organized, it’s good to have a story bible or something similar so you don’t lose any details. I have a post all about story bibles and their uses you are welcome to read. If you don’t feel like creating your own, I have a template that you can use right away to plan and organize all the details of your story. You can find that here on my Etsy. I recommend drawing inspiration for what you imagine your world to look like from Pinterest. Save these pictures so you can better describe the world to your readers. Having pictures to reference will allow you to be more descriptive and vivid in your writing. Add History While creating an entire backstory for your world is excessive, including some history can add realness. When a story is set in our world, we already know its history, but when a story takes place in a futuristic setting or on different planets, we know nothing about how the world came to be. Including a big historic event that set the course of your dystopian story or a huge extinction that left humans looking for a new planet can provide understanding for the reader as well as creates a more realistic world. Before you begin your story, take some time to create a timeline of your world. Include one or two big events and summarize them so that when you write, you can include some details about your world’s history. Be Descriptive Describing the locations and scenes in your story is essential to creating a vivid world. Even though you may imagine these wondrous locations, your readers won’t be able to picture them as you do—at least without some description. Describe the places your character visits in great detail so you can truly paint a picture in your reader’s mind. These fantasy and sci-fi worlds can be complex, unique, and hard for your readers to imagine. To be descriptive, it’s important to use your senses. Describe the way the world looks, what it sounds like, the climate, layout, etc., to bring it to life in the reader’s mind. Bland Characters = Bland Worlds No world can be memorable if the characters are forgettable. You must create memorable characters to create a memorable world. Creating dynamic characters involves making them feel like real people with goals and wants and likes and dislikes and faults and everything that makes us human. They should grow and change (for better or worse) throughout your story. If you need help creating well-rounded characters, I have many posts that go into more detail: Wrap Up So, to create memorable and vivid worlds in creative writing, you should have a plan ready to go, write detailed descriptions of the world, and create dynamic characters with goals and aspirations. Sign up for my mailing list and receive exclusive content, printables, and more! Similar Posts You May Find Helpful:
  • Write Like a Professional: Take Your Writing From Amateur to Pro
    Can you tell the difference between a professional writer’s work and an amateur’s work? On the surface, you may quickly note grammar, spelling mistakes, and similar aspects that are quick to jump out. But below the surface lies a certain essence found in professional writing that ties it together. And, that’s the key to be able to write like a professional. You may be able to tell the difference even if you can’t pinpoint it. But if you’re looking to write like a professional, knowing what sets it apart is critical. And professional writing doesn’t mean essays and biographies (though it can); it applies to fiction writing, creative writing, in that you want your work to come across as though you were a best-selling author. So, let’s take a look at what sets amateur and professional writing apart. How To Write Like a Professional Perfect the Basics If you had to guess what sets professional writing apart, you’d probably say no spelling errors, proper grammar, etc. Mistakes happen to everyone, and even ‘professional’ writers can make them. However, to the reader, especially when there is an abundance of mistakes, it comes across as amateur. Taking the time to edit and re-edit your work is a sure way to increase professionalism. Create Uniformity By Setting a Specific Tone To write in a cohesive, uniform way, it’s necessary to set a tone that encompasses the whole story. Without a solid tone, writing can seem pieced together or confusing. The tone is the atmosphere you want to create with your writing. When the reader reads your work, do you want them to sense mystery, fear, etc.? To create a strong tone, you can rewrite sentences so they better convey the desired emotion. In the above examples, you can see how slightly rewording the same information can create a more distinct tone. Create Flow By Writing Sentences With Ease and Interest Amateur writing can seem choppy, boring, and hard to read next to professional writing. So, to add professionalism to your writing, you need to create interest and add ease. But, how can you do that? Perhaps most noticeably, having sentences with the same words and/or the same lengths can seem repetitive and choppy. Instead, you can create variety by differing sentence lengths and by using distinct words. As you can see, beginning sentences with the same word, and having similar sentence lengths continuously makes the writing seem choppy. Simply rewording the sentences so they are easier and more interesting to read is a small change but makes a huge difference. This takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to write like a professional. Sign up for my mailing list and receive exclusive content, printables, and more! Similar Posts You May Find Helpful:
  • Unique Writing Prompts for Adults with PDF Printable
    Expand your writing skills with short prompts perfect for short stories. These single sentence writing prompts can spark inspiration for story ideas, and can help break through writer’s block. I’ve also included a free PDF printable so you can print these out and keep them close. So, here are 20 short story writing prompts for adults! He slammed into the door and suddenly, he was gone. The unrelenting shadows circled me. That was the day we lost the conquest, and that was the day the birds ceased to sing. “Your strange desperation is beginning to break our lives.” The lighthouse held the treasure, but only I knew the nightmare it would bring. Our sadness quickly turned to panic when the body rose from the grave. As they began to investigate the conspiracy, they unraveled something unexpected. In the beginning, the sun began to dim. The eastern river ran dry the day they arrived to town. Our book held one wish for each of us, and he was after it. He fooled the captain and their perilous journey began. She couldn’t believe the greatness that was inside this envelope. The monster was finally captured for everyone to see. Despite the unbelievable odds, she escaped the labyrinth. And as the paper burned, he burned with it. Caught in the mirage, I forced myself to play the part. “I followed your cries here and this is where I found you.” Not knowing who was lying, she decided to put the suit on and hope she wasn’t wrong. He confessed to the crimes, knowing the chaos that was about to take place. The wolves howled as the battle began. Sign up for my mailing list and receive a free Short Story Writing Prompts for Adults printable! Similar Posts You May Find Helpful:
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Welcome to Along We Write! I’m McKenna, and I started this blog to help aspiring writers avoid all the mistakes I made. This is a place to learn, motivate, and create through writing.

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