Writing Tip and Prompt: 11/23/2012

On Fridays we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Clearing Your Thoughts from Distractions

At times, typing your novel on your computer can prove difficult with all of the distractions: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email and so on. Before you know it, you have been on your computer for an hour and have barely written a paragraph. When you find yourself weighed down by distractions you should take a step back, find a notepad and a pen, and start collecting your thoughts on paper. Sometimes it is easier to organize your thoughts when using pen and paper, whether you are writing a new chapter, working on the fluidity of your plot or fine-tuning character descriptions. Separate yourself from the many distractions your computer provides and work on your writing with pen and paper today.

Writing Prompt – Family Traditions

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, a day when families come together, share a meal and give thanks. It is a day rich in family traditions and it is these traditions that excite us every year. As Thanksgiving approaches, we cannot wait to recreate our favorite past experiences or to make new, lasting traditions. What are some of your favorite family traditions? How can you incorporate your family traditions in your writing? Use your favorite family tradition to write a short excerpt for a story. Try to make your reader feel as strongly as you do about your tradition through your description.


  1. I have often had to battle distractions. The secret for me is to get my house absolutely quiet, so that I can literally hear my thoughts, and then start writing.

  2. I think that ‘Life’ itself, is what becomes the distraction for me.. There is one thing that brings out the creativity in me and that is praying and spending time with God. I think that making time for him, is what ultimately makes time for writing..

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