Writers are always asked where we get our ideas. Sometimes the Muse is stingy. Deborah's Muse is happy to share writing exercises now and then to help release your imagination and allow your own wonderful stories take flight.
Writing Prompt: Someone knocks on your door in the middle of the night wanting help. Who is it and what do you do?
by Deborah Elliott-Upton
The best writing begins with a risk. Write about a strong emotion, a sexy situation, a horrendous murder, explore a childhood memory or turbulent teenage years. The twist is to do it as if no one would ever read it. In this protected realm, you write from your soul.
Share thoughts you hide from the PTA, your pastor and closest friends. Tell a story without regard to whether your mother, child or Aunt Martha will see it in print. Write of steamy passions, chilling killers or quirky settings. Create bigoted characters, delve into a secret fantasy, fight a devil, or go on a crusade with abandon.
Risky writing comes from the heart and finds a ravenous relationship. If it doesn't make you rich, count it as free therapy. Taking the chance to explore what's concealed beneath the surface will make your writing life richer and that's the true goal.
Take the challenge and risk it all! Risky writing may reveal your best writing ever.
What other people are saying about Deborah's creative writing classes:
The online class combines all the best elements of her live sessions: student interaction, hands-on writing in the form of assignments that are tailored to inspire and motivate, and best of all, timely critiques and advice from an outstanding and entertaining instructor. I sold two of the short stories I wrote for the class on the first submission! -- John M. Fair, Taos, NM
Ms. Upton's online course has given those who are unable to get to a writing class the wonderful opportunity to learn from her expertise in addition to meeting new writer friends. Simply stated, this course has inspired me to write again. -- Alisa Dollar, Temple, TX
Deborah Elliott-Upton is an excellent teacher who provides in-depth critiques and line editing of manuscripts in her online writing course. -- Louise Gearin, Memphis, TN
Thank you for the extra time and thank you for this class! It has been helpful in the extreme. Your lessons and critiques have clarified so many points of storytelling for me. I believe I'll be able to see my own writing more critically and more clearly given your encouraging words of instruction and support. Thanks to you all for your time and thoughtful critiques!-- Randle Robinson Bitnar, Bozeman, MT