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Writing Prompt: What if ...

I read about advances in science and technology and think, ‘This would make an interesting prompt.’ For example ...

Although the technology doesn’t exist yet scientists agree that in a few years we’ll be able to tell what a person looks like from a sample of their DNA. [1]

The writing challenge: Write a piece of flash fiction—fewer than 500 words—that involves the use of this technology. Keep in mind that (IMHO) the essential characteristic of very short stories is that it hints at a complete story. For example:

“I just stood there, in the stifling and cramped semi-darkness, listening to the frenzied beating of my heart. Or perhaps it was the bear’s heart.” [2]
by Tatyana Talstaya, August 9, 2017

If you’re feeling brave, please leave either your story or a link to it in the comments. Good writing!

If you have ideas for writing prompts, please send them my way! Also, if you have any feedback for me about this prompt, please share. Thanks in advance! 😀

Notes:
1. Does Your Genome Predict Your Face? Not Quite Yet (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608813/does-your-genome-predict-your-face-not-quite-yet/).
2. Flash Fiction: A summary of very short stories (https://www.newyorker.com/books/flash-fiction).





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How Hobbies Can Improve Your Writing

Lately I've found that giving my protagonist one of my hobbies has not only improved the story but has renewed my passion for the project.

Today I talk about why every writer should have a hobby!

#writing   #amwriting  #hobby
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12 Tips on How to Create a New Habit

Speaking as someone who stopped writing daily for a couple of weeks and so had to re-establish the habit, I thought I'd share some tips that helped me get back in the writing saddle.

Have you ever consciously tried to establish a habit? If so, what worked for you! I'd love to know!! :-)

#writing   #amwriting   #habit  
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How to Write Again after a Break

I'll admit it, it's been difficult to get back into the swing of things after taking a break. What has helped A LOT is that I had a process.

That's what my post is about!

Have you ever taken a break from writing? How did you get back into the swing of things? Please share!! 😀
How to Write Again after a Break
How to Write Again after a Break
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Writer's Block and How to Beat it

The secret to curing writer's block is compromise. Sometimes your muse goes on strike because she wants to do something else. The solution: let her! But set a time limit. At least, that's what usually works for me. 😀

#writing  #amwriting#writersblock
Writer's Block and How to Beat it
Writer's Block and How to Beat it
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Creating Effective Transitions

Today I talk about how to create effective transitions (or sequels) between scenes.

#writing   #amwriting   #writingtips  
Creating Effective Transitions
Creating Effective Transitions
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Quick question: Which do you prefer?
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Writing Exercise: Make Your Own Critter!

The research vessel Investigator recently explored a 4 km deep abyss along the eastern edge of Australia and found some bizarre critters! A fish without a face, a blog fish, and (this is my favorite) a sponge with GLASS tips. Now make your own!

#writingexercise   #amwriting   #writing  
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The Mummy (2017): A Review: Two Thumbs Up (Kinda)

The Mummy is cinematic cotton candy, sweetness and fluff that tastes good in the moment but doesn’t satisfy. That said, it’s only in comparison with the 1999 version that the movie falls flat. Overall, I give The Mummy thumbs up.

#writing  #amwriting #themummy  #themummy2017 #review
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Character Creation: Kinds of Characters

What is a character? Are they mere figments of a writer's imagination or do they have an existence independent of the writer?

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