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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

Guest post by veteran educator and award-winning author Carolyn Wilhelm

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

October, Halloween, scary stories around the bonfire -- and this year the pandemic all could provide food for writing warm-up thoughts. Colorful leaves and costumes might help pave the way for colorful writing. This month's freebie PDF for the 15th is available at the next blue link to the free instant download. Although each picture includes an animal, what is written does not have to be about the animal. The first six pages have written prompts as some people like to have those for possible writing ideas. The last six pages do not have picture prompts only. What is seen in the images will be different for each person, as we all have separate life experiences. 

What is scary to you? Halloween is about having scary fun. The fun of parties and trick or treating will include social distancing this year. One family might have a "treat" slide and send candy down a plastic tube to a waiting child. One family might "shoot" the candy across the yard (you've heard of the Holderman Family, I hope). This year is sure to be quite entertaining. 

Recently, I posted about an always free animal fiction eBook Title: Flash Fiction for Animal Lovers
by Dr. Theodore Jerome Cohen. This book may be used to help inspire very short stories for a writing group. Some could be read to help inspire possible stories prior to writing. Some groups time these writing piece activities, some share and comment, and others approach prompts differently. Flash fiction fits the time frame and writing pieces may be elaborated upon after the meeting. Sometimes they could be included in a work in progress as writers will be thinking about their latest projects. Suspicious, story 56, is about a dog on the way to the vet. He is up to date health-wise, so what could be going on? Nothing pleasant. Exhausted, story 72, will have you laughing and ready to write. Such pieces end with a "zinger" and are clever. 

What mysterious creatures are bathed in moonlight in your thoughts? 

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

Imagine meeting an owl in the dark! There is a neighborhood birder who actually spotted three owls last night as he was out and about. On Facebook, he said: 

"We just had a Barn Owl fly in front of the car. That's the 3rd Owl tonight. A Great Horned Owl, a Burrowing Owl, and a Barn Owl."

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

It is the season to notice fall bird migrations, pumpkins, and fall decor. I hope you will be inspired to write! 

Carolyn Wilhelm

You might also like our other writing prompts which are posted on the 15th of each month. 

The prompts are on Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers and Readers Blog and post the 15th of each month. 

October Themed Writing Prompts Freebie for the 15th

More About the Blogger

 Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page (http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile). Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/Last-MinuteEditing) is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) helps writers who want to be traditionally published. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host author workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)

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