Discipline

PROMPT: Everything I know about DISCIPLINE. Don’t worry about being interesting or coherent. 6 minutes.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process and signal your inner critic that they can suck it.

Parades

PROMPT: Everything I know about PARADES. Don’t worry about being interesting or coherent. 6 minutes.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process and signal your inner critic that they can suck it.

Scraping

PROMPT: Everything I know about SCRAPING BY. Don’t worry about being interesting or coherent or truthful. 6 minutes.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process and signal your inner critic that they can suck it.

Give

PROMPT: Make a list - Things I haven’t found the courage to give up. Don’t plan. Don’t think. Just stay curious and keep your pen moving. Go for quantity, not quality. 6 minutes or more.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process.

School

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “In school, I was the one who…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process.

Character Confession

PROMPT: Ask your character(s) to confess. What old transgression, sin, or even crime, sits heavy on his or her conscience? Lend a non-judgmental and compassionate ear and get them talking. “Why did you do it? Were you pressured, pushed to far, afraid, out of options? What were the details and extenuating circumstances?” Let them get it all out through your pen and ease their burden. (10 minutes or more)

Love

PROMPT: Launch from the sentence-starter, “To those who love, I say…,” and keep your pen moving for 6 minutes.

Peek into the hidden corners of your characters by having them do this prompt.

As always, you’re encouraged to post your unedited response(s) to the prompt in the comments section of this post. By doing so, you stand up for this important, but oft-neglected, wild and wooly part of the creative process.