Writing Topics

Have Writer’s Block? Want to take a break from your personal writing project? Select a suggested topic from the list below and share it with the group during our Monday night meeting. It’s fun to hear several different approaches to the same topic.

The quality of light coming through your window
I remember. . .
A place you love
Describe a grandparent
The street where I live
The Weather Changed Our Plans

Everybody’s Talking About….
Fresh Out Of The Nest
Traffic Delays
The Box
I’m In Debt
Thunder and Lightening
Let’s Do Lunch
The Final Cost Wasn’t Final At All
The Harbinger
Fishing In The Rain
Did You Read About. . .
Remembering My Old Clunker
My Favorite Chair
Summer Pests

Writing Prompts

From “Writer’s Digest” and "The Writer's Dig

One Amazing Night
You’re standing outside a restaurant next to a phone booth when, suddenly, it rings. Your gut tells you not to answer it, but with each ring you can’t resist.

Get Me Off This Island
Your plane crashes on a deserted island. You and two other passengers survive. The only salvageable items from the plane are pair of scissors, a stopwatch and an electric keyboard.

Unusual Super Power You wake up one day with an unusual super power that seems pretty worthless—until you are caught in a situation that requires that specific “talent.”

Kidnapped You wake up shackled to a chair and can’t remember how you got there. Two voices are talking. You recognize one of them.

Your Future Writing Bio Write a one-paragraph bio about your writing career to date. Then, write the one-paragraph bio you expect to have in 2020 (including all your major writing accomplishments).

In Line for Concert Tickets You’ve been waiting in a line for days to get concert tickets to your favorite band’s upcoming show. You’re keeping track of your experience in a journal.

A Car’s Thoughts on Negotiation Write about a car negotiation from the perspective of the car. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

A Chance to Vent Write a 20-line rhyming poem about something that really annoys you.

Misdialed Number You’ve accidentally dialed the wrong phone number, but the person who answers sounds familiar. Immediately he/she recognizes you, but because made the call you’re too embarrassed to ask who it is.

Unsettling Fast Food Conversation You roll through your favorite fast-food drive-thru, order your usual and wait for the cashier to repeat it back to you. Only, he doesn’t repeat it. Instead, through the speaker, you hear.

Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don't like.

Letter to your Agent
Write a letter to an agent telling her/him how wonderful you are.

Fairy Tales
Write a fairy tale from the bad guy's point of view.

Fiction Sites

Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers
Are you into Sci-Fi and world building? Then you’ll love the Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers group on Facebook. You can post small pieces of work for critique and exchange ideas with other like-minded writers. You’ll get valuable feedback without ridicule or sarcasm. They like to focus on the actual writing part, not on promoting themselves to the group. Spam and promotion are anathema, so only join this group if you’re a serious Sci-Fi / Fantasy writer who wants to learn the craft from other, more experienced authors.

Fiction Writing
If you like tacos—and writing—you’ll love Fiction Writing. We have it on an amazing source that the Founder is a sexy man who slings tacos. But seriously, Fiction Writing group members say they feel like a family. They support each other, offer sage advice, and give helpful critiques. You can even get your work published in A Matter of Words through Scout Media that features authors from Fiction Writing. They publish this anthology twice a year in paperback and eBook for digital stores worldwide. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced author, you’ll find something of value in Fiction Writing. Oh, and an obsession with tacos.

Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers
Who are your favorite Grimdark authors? This is only one question you’ll be asked when you petition to join the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers. Nowhere else can you find a group of authors, readers, artists, and even publishers who enjoy the Grimdark genre more. All members must be supportive and thoughtful. They won’t stand for DRAMA, so leave it at the door. If you’re willing to debate the finer points of Grimdark—be ye reader or writer—welcome to the group. Just remember to wear your "civil" attitude and have fun with it.

FanFiction.net Writers Unite!
For lovers of the FanFiction.net website, there’s a Facebook group just for you! Here you can hang out, meet new friends, get help, post links to new chapters for critique, and talk all things fan fiction. Specifically for writers/readers of fan fiction, they don’t want to see original works for profit or any other form of writing. There are only 7 concise and easy to follow rules for the group. Join this group if you have a question about FFN you can’t figure out, if you want to gush about fandoms or ships, or if you want to debate a writing-related point well into the wee hours of the morning.

Marketing Sites

20BooksTo 50K
Their tagline is "helping indie authors sell more books!" and they have a very low tolerance for BS. Successful published indie authors give their best advice in this group, but only to serious, professional writers who understand that writing is a business. That means marketing, release strategies, ROI on ads, and much more. It may not be the sexiest side of writing a novel, but it’s the one that will generate the funds to keep you writing instead of out looking for a second job. We recommend your read the pinned post and its Google doc to cover the FAQs rather than tie up the feed with already-asked-and-answered questions.

The Content Marketing Lounge
Nathan Collier, a journalist turned content marketer, started The Content Marketing Lounge to help marketers and writers share, learn, connect, and grow. There’s only one rule to follow in this Lounge: Don’t dump and run. No posting links to your stuff and running off somewhere else. That said, they have "Content Thursdays" where everyone can link in a thread started by the admin. On Tuesdays, the floor is open for questions, which Nathan answers himself and others chime in with sage advice. And the group is always on the lookout for paid job listings. Note they want legit work; no free "work for exposure" posts please.

Writer's on Writing

Writing Bad
Everyone, regardless of experience or ability, writes bad at some point. And this Facebook Group accepts your bad writing and encourages you through friendly feedback without "fear of unfair or cruel backlash." Writing Bad offers daily inspiration and resources invaluable to their group members. One member said, "People stay positive, kind and humble," and another one said, "It lacks one thing most other groups have… DRAMA." If you’re looking for a supportive community—and AWESOME Admins—who won’t suffer trolls, check out this Facebook Group.

Creative Fiction Writing
This group defines itself as:
    Share a love of reading and writing with others in this group. Members love it because everyone is so supportive and helpful. If you’re not afraid to speak your opinions—and you’re willing to look out for other group members—you’ll find a home in the Creative Fiction Writing group on Facebook.

    10 Minute Novelists
    The premise is "butt in a chair for 10 minutes a day to write." Everyone can carve out 10 minutes in their day. Sticking with it consistently is like compound interest: it builds until next thing you know, you’ve written a book. 10 Minute Novelists is a writer’s hangout. Pull up a chair and get comfortable because you’ll find inspiration, commiseration, learning, support, and encouragement here. Talk about the things only "writers" will get, like grammar pet peeves or crazy Google searches. But feel just as comfortable talking about the technical aspects of writing and asking questions to help you learn and grow.

    Writer's Group
    Writer’s Group is full of writers, readers, and fans interested in the craft of writing. You can bounce ideas off of members, help someone out with a tricky writing problem, or talk about the latest industry news in this group. "Exchange leads to discovery." You can also post your written work for group critique, but hopefully you have a thick skin because you’ll get honest opinions. Finally, the only group rule is the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The admins ask that you not feed the trolls; simply block them and move on.

    Writer's Fight Club
    Are you tired of Facebook groups that are so heavily moderated, you’re afraid to offer constructive criticism? Or maybe your pet peeve is the under-moderated groups where anything goes, even posts about what you ate for breakfast. Rule 1 for Writer’s Fight Club: Coffee is for closers only! If you don’t have a thick skin, you can’t play in this playground. For writers willing to face the sometimes harsh, brutal truth that their writing needs improvement, you have Fight Club. And remember—what doesn’t kill you only strengthens you.

    The Inner Circle Writers' Group
    Everyone loves Grant, the founder of The Inner Circle Writer’s Group, almost as much as they love the warm, supportive environment that always stays professional and on-topic. The members are encouraging, and the moderators keep abusive non-writers to a minimum. Several professional writers call The Inner Circle Writers’ Group "home." Join the group and get ready for lots of interaction and engagement in a friendly, family atmosphere. Everyone shares and celebrates each other’s successes, and many feel spurred to become and do better.


    Copywriter Cafe

    Where can you find a friendly group of professional copywriters who answer any and all questions with equanimity and encouragement? At the Copywriter Café created by Steve Roller, copywriter extraordinaire. If you’re a beginner copywriter just getting started or an experienced professional with plenty of wisdom to share, you’re welcomed as family in the Café. Group members share professional advice, job opportunities, and connect with other like-minded copywriters. There are no silly questions in the Copywriter Café, so pour yourself a cuppa and join the crowd.

    Writing Revolters
    If you’re looking for a supportive group of freelance copywriters who are über loyal to their founder Jorden and each other, you need Writing Revolters. Especially if you’re a newbie, get plenty of great advice and answers to all your questions from professional copywriters. One group member said it’s like having 100 mentors in your pocket. Writing Revolters prides itself on nurturing its group members, particularly beginners. And you won’t find hype and promotional garbage—only straightforward answers and sage advice.


    Self Publishing Formula (SPF) Community

    For authors and creative professionals only, SPF Community allows no promotion—ever. Don’t try to solicit clients or build a mailing list in the group; you will be removed. If you’re looking for active encouragement and up-to-date industry information, you’ve come to the right place. You can learn about self-publishing and marketing and get support, feedback, and guidance no matter where in the world you are. If you want current, specific, and non-competitive advice on how to self-publish your work, join the SPF Community today.

    Blogging Information

    The Blogging Squad

    If you’re an established blog owner, you need to join The Blogging Squad. This online community has everything bloggers need and want. You can share your latest blog/social media posts in their daily threads. And you can post threads if you need help with a blogging question, are looking for collaborators, or other blogging issues. The Blogging Squad is an amazing support group for bloggers and influencers. If you have a blog and want to grow it, check out some threads in this group. You’ll find everything you need to build your blog into something valuable and engaging.

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    Board of Directors

    Jeff Nilsson - President
    Chai Vori - Treasurer
    Paul Petruzzi - Secretary/Historian
    Jim Voris - Member-at-Larg