It’s just about time for the inaugural #5amwritenaked – please join me tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5AM EST (or your own time zone). If you’d like to participate on social media, use #5amwritenaked and if you’re on Instagram tag me @taralynne0.
As promised, I put together a few writing prompts for you to use, if you like:
- Old postcards. If you don’t collect old postcards like I do, here’s one – and watch my writing prompt video for another one.
- Magnetic poetry. Use your own or get inspired from this phrase from my refrigerator.
- Old photo. Find an old photo in your home or online, or use this one.
- Golden shovel. I had never heard of this poetic form until recently and I’ve been interested in writing one. Read the rules for writing a golden shovel poem. Here’s the phrase I’m going to use, which I found in Barbara Kingsolver’s story collection HOMELAND, “‘The small people are not very bright tonight,’ she would say, meaning the stars.”
- Last line. Open a book and go to the last line. That’s your prompt!
Literary journals you could submit to:
EVERYDAY FICTION – 1,000 words or less – ongoing submissions with 90-day response time
WATERWHEEL REVIEW – all genres – 1,602 words or less – ongoing submissions with 90-day response time
Monthly writing contests you might want to enter:
53-word story contest by Press 53 – Deadline 15th of each month
RATTLE Ekphrastic Challenge – Deadline end of each month
If you don’t usually get up this early to write, I have a few tips from my own experience:
- Set out everything you need for your favorite beverage the night before. I love brewing coffee before my 5AM writing time. I set out the beans, grinder, Chemex, and fill the kettle before I go to bed.
- Pick 1-3 priority items. Tomorrow I want to write a golden shovel so that’s where I’ll funnel my energy first.
- Treat yoself. Ever since my husband and I bought our house (7 years ago this month!) we go to a bakery in town every Wednesday. I love getting up early on Wednesdays because I know after my coffee and writing time I don’t need to make breakfast. Figure out what your treat is and have that waiting for you when your writing time is over.