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Music Prompt #37


Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #50

Photo Prompt #50 | Paperback LoverSource: Joseph Szabo for Urban Outfitters

If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who these characters are. Consider how they know each other? Where are they? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? Tourists? Time travelers? Where is this place? What time of year is it? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #36

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #49

Photo Prompt #49 | Paperback LoverSource: “1948 Adobe Church- Home/ 2 bedrooms”, Air BnB

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Inspiration Dice Prompt #18

Inspiration Dice Prompt #18 | Paperback Lover

Blue = Character
Pink = Character Traits

For this prompt, you’re going to create a character based around these dice rolls. Because the gender/age dice only have “child” and “adult” (which is the only thing I wish I could change about these dice, actually), it’s up to you what that means. Is the child a, well, child (under 10), a preteen (10-12), or a teen (13-18)? Is the adult in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, older, younger, immortal? It’s up to you and what comes to mind. The important thing is that you don’t get bogged down in making sure that you follow whatever the dice say exactly. This is still your story at the end of the day.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #35

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #48

Photo Prompt #48 | Paperback LoverSource: “Spring break in South Texas, back in the ’80s and ’90s”, My SA

If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who these characters are. Consider how they know each other? Where are they? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? Tourists? Time travelers? Where is this place? What time of year is it? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #34

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #47

Photo Prompt #47 | Paperback LoverSource: Unknown

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Inspiration Dice Prompt #17

Inspiration Dice Prompt #17 | Paperback Lover

Blue = Character
Pink = Character Traits

For this prompt, you’re going to create a character based around these dice rolls. Because the gender/age dice only have “child” and “adult” (which is the only thing I wish I could change about these dice, actually), it’s up to you what that means. Is the child a, well, child (under 10), a preteen (10-12), or a teen (13-18)? Is the adult in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, older, younger, immortal? It’s up to you and what comes to mind. The important thing is that you don’t get bogged down in making sure that you follow whatever the dice say exactly. This is still your story at the end of the day.

Remember: Even if what you come up with doesn’t make sense, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.