Draw for 3 Free Copies of 201 Writing Prompts

201 Writing PromptsI’m a little early for the vernal equinox, but I thought I’d celebrate spring by offering a draw for 3 PDF copies of one of my books, 201 Writing Prompts. (Click on the cover to learn more about the book.) The three winning names will be chosen from those who leave a comment on this blog post between now (March 17, 2016) and 5 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, March 31, 2016. I’ll be entering everyone’s name into random.org and the top three names will be the winners.

If you can’t think of anything to write as a comment, I’d really appreciate your input on my current project. I’m creating an online fiction writing course for teens. The course can be used by teen writers as a resource and guide for their writing projects, and I’m also preparing support material for homeschoolers who might want to use it with their students.

  • Any particular topics that you think I must definitely cover in this course?
  • Any topics you need resources for?
  • Any writing examples or models that you’d love to have?
  • What’s the most important topic that should be covered in a fiction writing course for teens?

Any suggestions you offer will be greatly appreciated!

Don’t forget to leave your comment for a chance to win a PDF copy of 201 Writing Prompts. Good luck!

21 thoughts on “Draw for 3 Free Copies of 201 Writing Prompts

  1. Hi Heather. Love the idea of an online fiction writing course for teens. I haven’t taught teens yet though am moving into the middle school realm soon as my elementary school kids I’ve taught turn into pre teens and early teens and have requested I keep teaching but for me the focus of just keep writing, don’t self censor or worry about getting it perfect the first time and enjoy the process of telling a story is vital for all ages. Maybe find some examples of people who edited their work a lot before it was finally published to show it doesn’t come the first time for anyone. Good luck! Trudy.

    • Thanks, Trudy. Looks like you’re going to have lots of fun ahead as your students head to middle and high school. I agree about the “just keep writing” approach. I have a section at the end of the course about revision/making the writing better, but I also have a big note on the first slide that says not to look at this until the first draft is done. I found some links to photos of authors’ scribbled up first drafts, showing that even the good ones don’t get it right the first time around. Thanks again, and you’re in the draw!

  2. Hi Heather,

    While not specific to fiction, one thing my young teens struggle with is tense. They often switch tense in the middle of a sentence!

    • That’s an ongoing challenge. My college students struggled with it, too. Reading the material aloud sometimes helps catch those problems. They wouldn’t say the wrong word in normal conversation, so when they read aloud, they want to say the correct one and not the one they’ve written. Thanks for the suggestion! You’re in the draw!

  3. Hi Heather,
    I’m always looking for writing prompts for the group, so having this book will be a real boost and save me some research time.
    It would also be helpful if I get called back again to do a short Creative Writing group in the school where I’ve taught before. Many of the students are adults, but they are working on their Grade 12 English, so the tips from your online course for teens might fit right in.
    Good for you for being so ambitious with all of this. Best of luck with everything.

    • Thanks, Christine! Check out the writing prompts’ tab in the website for nearly 500 writing prompts, if you ever get stuck. I also add new ones to my blog at the first of every month. You’re in the draw!

    • Hi Christine. Random.org picked your name. I’ll be sending along your PDF copy of 201 Writing Prompts tomorrow. Congrats!

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