"Raymond’s eye for telling detail is very fine, as one expects of an accomplished writer, but to this she adds the informing eye of a natural historian of place.”
— John Keeble, author of Nocturnal America
Midge Raymond
Midge's blog about writing . . . reading . . . and everything in between

Category — Writing prompts

Weekly Writing: Shopping

Write about shopping. Is shopping for yourself fun, or a chore? What about shopping for your family, or for holiday gifts? Think of your first memory of shopping, and how this relates to your current views on this activity.

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December 15, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Mistletoe

It wasn’t until I moved to Oregon and saw mistletoe growing in the wild that I realized that mistletoe, that most romantic of plants, is actually a parasite. It grows in clumps on tree branches, drawing nutrients from the host plant, and it can actually cause damage. Who knew?

Write about mistletoe. From your earliest experience of it to what you know and feel about it now, include as much detail as you can.

December 8, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Red Cat

Write a story about a red cat.

(I know it’s random. Just go for it.)

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December 1, 2014   No Comments

Weekly Writing: Two Thanksgiving Prompts

With all the focus on food and holiday shopping, we often forget that Thanksgiving is the season of gratitude. Each day this week, write down three things you’re grateful for, whatever these may be.

Next, write a scene about a Thanksgiving meal. This could be a scene starring the character in your novel, a poem about the Thanksgiving you spent in a train station in Guangzhou, or an essay about a childhood Thanksgiving that was particularly memorable.

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November 24, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Nature

Write about the last day you spent in nature, whether hiking or swimming in a lake or the ocean. Remember and record all the sights, sounds, smells, and textures you experienced. Next, write about how this day differs from a day spent in a city or suburb.

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November 17, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Almost winter

With winter on its way (perhaps already here, depending on where you live), we enter another season. Write about winter … what does this season mean to you, and why? Write about all your memories, and how these affect your current attitudes about winter.

 

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Spirit Animals

When my husband warned me to avoid stepping on snails after a recent rain, I suggested the snail is probably his spirit animal (he loves them). The notion of a spirit animal its origins in traditions both specific and otherwise, but it generally refers to an affinity we have for a particular animal as well as facets of our personalities. Write about your own spirit animal — any animal that may fit your own version of what a spirit animal might be.

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November 3, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Drinks

Write about your favorite cool-weather beverage. Include a recent or past memory about this drink.

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October 27, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Losing

Write about losing — a game, a bet, at item you loved. Then, write about something unexpectedly won or found.

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October 20, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: A song

Write about a song that brings back a certain memory or memories.

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October 13, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Bad habits

Write about a habit you wish you could break.

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October 6, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Disappointment

Write about a time you were disappointed.

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September 29, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Noise pollution

Write about a noise that drives you mad. Be as detailed as possible; write a whole scene or poem about it.

 

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September 22, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Love & Lies

Write about the last time you told a lie for love.

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September 15, 2014   Comments Off

Weekly Writing: Language

What word would you create and incorporate into the language if you could?

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September 8, 2014   Comments Off