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Writing Prompts 7

Enjoyed any fireworks recently? I have. Here are some more prompts to keep your summer writing rolling.

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Friday Flash 6 -- The Psychic's Creed

Inspired by “Psionic Souls” by Antti Martikainen

Brothers, sisters, we have discovered a great gift. To speak mind to mind. To walk in each other’s dreams. All beyond the reach of our mechanical lords.

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Eight Points of View -- First Person and Limited Third

This is part 2 in my series on point of view. If you want to know more about what POV is, you can read part 1 here.

In my last post, I observed how first person and limited third are the most commonly used POVs. Because of this, I’m not going to spend too long on either of them. Yet I still want to talk about them – for the sake of completion and to establish a basis of comparison.

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Idea You Can Steal 7 -- The Emperor's Amulet

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Here is June’s free story idea.

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Eight Points of View -- An Introduction to Point of View in Fiction

Pull a novel from your bookshelf, or open your favorite one in your e-reader of choice. What point of view is it written from? Who’s telling the story? Chances are that a main character is telling the story themselves in the first person, or the author is telling someone else’s story in the third person.

Given how common these points of view are in fiction, it’d be easy for beginners to believe that those are the only points of view a story can be written from. Yet that simply isn’t true. Point of view (POV) isn’t a binary choice. It’s a tool that can drastically alter the story you’re writing. Experimenting with different POVs forces you to think in new ways about the characters and scenarios you’re describing, growing it in unexpected directions. And as you might have guessed, there’s more than two POVs.

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