Sometimes spilling ink is a little like spilling blood. And sometimes, you just can't find the vein to save your life.  Sometimes, a little provocation can inspire the blood-letting. (I know it worked for me.) So to prick your vein and release the crimson flow, I'm posting an inspirational writing prompt on Fridays to open those veins and let the ink spill.

Writer's Digest

Today's post is as much a Site Feature as it is a Writing Prompt. I discovered Writer's Digest several years ago after meeting one of their staff, the fabulous Chuck Sambuchino, at a writer's conference. I happened upon a photo call Chuck posted for dog images for a book he was putting together. (Red Dog, Blue Dog is a political humor book featuring hounds of all breeds and their political persuasions.) So with Chuck's help, I became a published photographer before I became a published author, a perk I hadn't foreseen.

I hope you will wander around their site and see just what they have available for writers. They are an invaluable resource. And, they have great Free Writing Prompt Exercises, a 2 week Writing Prompt Boot Camp and Free Downloads. Go and check them out!

All the credit for this writing prompt goes to Writer's Digest and the author of the prompt, Brian A. Klems. And now...our writing prompt...

The Dog Ate My Homework 

In an ironic twist, a dog really ate your homework. When you try to explain this to your teacher she says, “Come on, you can do better than that excuse.” Instead of arguing, you take that as a challenge and come up with an elaborate story as to what happened to your homework. Let us hear it.

I highly recommend participating in their weekly writing prompts. You get 500 words or less to respond to the week's prompt, which you then post on a thread. The feedback is wonderful; other writers comment and make suggestions on how to improve your writing...and sometimes, they just tell you how amazing you are.

Happy writing, y'all!

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