Pictures & Prompts 205

To whet your appetite and keep your writing fingers limber, take a good look at the photo, or let a prompt settle in your mind. Set a timer for a reasonable amount of time, be that five, fifteen, or thirty minutes. Then start writing.

Photo credit: Mark Carrel/

Photo credit: Mark Carrel/


Imagine that it’s the final day of NaNoWriMo, and your author character still has 30,000 words to go. Imagine she discovers a potion or machine that will help her reach the end. Unfortunately, there are some unforeseen consequences. What are they, and how will she deal with them?


When you had reports or other projects due in school, how did you approach them? Did you work on them steadily throughout the time of the assignment? Or did you do it all at the last minute? Why do you think you adopted the methods you did?


Write an article about the elements of a satisfying ending.


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