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Lev Grossman And Others Provide Writing Prompts To Inspire You

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 9:01 am   Updated: 02/ 2/2012 11:35 am

Our friends at the online literary community Figment, have launched Figment Daily Themes, a free email service designed to help subscribers get into the habit of writing a little bit every day.

Each weekday morning, participants receive a carefully crafted writing prompt focused on a different element of craft, including character, setting, dialogue, essay, verse, and more. For added inspiration, acclaimed authors offer occasional prompts—upcoming contributors will apparently include Judy Blume, Kurt Anderson, Jeanette Winterson, Susan Orlean, Dana Goodyear, and Nathan Englander.

We asked them to put together some of their favorite writing prompts, including a few from some famous names, to help inspire our readers.

To sign up for the daily emails, visit Figment.com.

Prompt from Lev Grossman
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Try a new way of outlining or diagramming your plot. Look at the way J.K. Rowling outlined "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" - you can find her handwritten version here.

If you've done an outline, try a flowchart, or a map, or a graph (if the X axis is time, what's the Y axis? Love? Happiness? Danger?)
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