Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PENuary Warm Up: Writing Prompt of the Day

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Ah, December.

The month of colder weather, shorter days, shopping, holiday lights and roads congested with traffic. The time of family get-togethers, office parties, and ugly sweaters.

And also a month when we writers look forward to a second opportunity for literary abandon!

In my house, we're gearing up for PENuary as much as for Santa.

Okay, I'm the only writer in my house, but my family is preparing to eat meals out or that come in a box for a month (and I haven't told them yet, but laundry probably isn't going to happen either ;-).

PENuary will see me not only focusing on the daily writing prompts and my commitment to a minimum of 20 minutes of writing per day, but I'll also be commenting on and sharing other writers' work and cheerleading the writing community as we commit to a new year of more consistent writing habits.

One of the great things about PENuary is that you don't need to prepare for it. No research required. No outlines or planning.

You simply show up and write.

So how about some practice?

Here's a one-word prompt inspired by the nail polish I'm currently sporting for the holiday season:


Of course, you can take the word in different directions. That's one of the beauties of a prompt. My interpretation of glitter will not be the same as yours.

I'm particularly interested to see how horror writers interpret the prompt of the day.

Don't forget to share at least a portion of your work for the day—a sentence, paragraph or another snippet—here on my blog, on the PENuary official Facebook page, and/or on your own social media outlets. Make sure you use the official hashtags so we can all follow your work:


1 comment:

  1. Here's a snippet of my writing on the prompt from today. I ended up with an 800 word essay on glitter, the first non-fiction I've written (other than blog posts) in quite a while. The prompt brought to mind glitter—or lack of glitter—during various phases of my life.

    "My renewed love of glittery things began when Sarah was little, but it didn’t end when she outgrew the child craft phase. Ever since I had my first adult experience with the little flecks of bling, I can’t seem to get enough of things that sparkle."

    What did you write based on the prompt?


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