Liam J Cross

No matter who you are or what you do, it’s important to splash out and explore new avenues in life. If you didn’t, life would become stale; it would become mundane and pointless, and it would feel like a waste of existence. The same very much applies to life as a writer.

If you wish to grow as a writer, if you want to write well and develop your skills and technique, you’re going to have to put those hours in. It isn’t enough to just write the same sort of thing an hour or so a day, because that won’t cut it.

What you have to do is branch out in what you’re writing, and try new things in a way that makes it fun – this is where you grow as a writer: when you step out of your comfort zone.

Writing prompts are a great way to do just that. You can use them to branch out in your work, to explore new genres and try out new techniques, and this prompt right here is a fine example of that.

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The Prompt

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You look at your husband the way you always do when he says something dumb: with a gentle smile and a pair of rolling eyes. “You’re such a loser, aren’t you?”

You turn away from him, shaking your head. The motion stops when you feel the gun pressing into your neck.

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Now What?

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This prompt is there for you to practice your plot-twists, so keep twisting this in any direction you see fit, and really work on surprising the reader with details they never saw coming.

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Try this prompt for size and create something based on it. If you do write something, please share it with me in one way or another. Tag me in a post, post it in the comments, send it to me in an email – I’d love to read your work.

Who knows? If you send something my way and I really like the way you write, I might just offer you a discount on my editing services. Or I might even edit a few chapters for free. It’s worth a try on your part.

You can reach me with your submission or with any questions/inquiries here.

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