Muse on Monday – January 30, 2023

Hello Musers, and welcome to another Monday! Setting is an important part of storytelling since where and when a story takes place will have a big impact on the story. There is something wrong if a story that takes place in India in the 1800s and on Mars in the 2400s are exactly the same….

The Hieroglyphics Teacher

The Hieroglyphics Teacher There was a teacher named Ben who worked in an archipelago. He had his own boat and would putter from island to island, teaching hieroglyphics at the local schools. He taught at a different school every day of the week. This was just his day job, however. His real dream was to…

Svelty and Stock

Svelty and Stock It was my turn to seek. Again. . . . 99, 100. I turned around, pretending not to see Svelty—the size of a house and trying to crouch behind leafless trees. Svelty always felt bad about being found first. Stock—whip thin and camouflaged—felt bad he could never be found. It was an…

Muse on Monday – January 23, 2023

This week’s muse prompt is a story scenario. You finish the story. Story Prompt: January 23, 2023 A girl goes out in the woods with watercolors and a sketchpad. When she tries to come back, she finds that she has lost the way. If you want to share your story, you can either email me…

Bedtime Story

Bedtime Story The little princess lifted the book into her lap and turned over the heavy cover, moving the pages until she came to her bookmark. She was freshly bathed, with teeth brushed and flannel pajamas on. Her family gathered behind her, holding up the light so she could see and resting heads on arms…

Muse on Monday – January 16, 2023

Story Prompt: January 16, 2023 Write a story based on the picture below. This picture has an eerie, otherworldly feeling to it, but that doesn’t mean that your story has to be. Part of the fun of writing with prompts is subverting expectations. In any case, have fun with it. If you want to share…

Hail Mary 1230

Hail Mary 1230 The world looks peaceful from up here, the irregular polygons of the old fields and forest divisions looking like they’ve been cut by a toddler with a pair of stolen scissors: straight lines, weird angles. But this is the exclusion zone and the people have gone and left their straight lines behind….

Muse on Monday – January 9, 2023

Muse on Monday – January 9, 2023 Do you listen to music when you write? I listen to a wide variety of music but I like energetic music like rock or techno when I write. Sometimes, though, when I write about a certain place, I will listen to music from that place: for example, I…

The One Labor of Jordan

The One Labor of Jordan Jordan now understood why Lena said that her father was mythologically old school. “Three things you gotta do to date my daughter,” Mr. Iraklidis said, holding up sausage-like digits. “Hey, it usta be twelve. First, clean the cellar steps.” But Jordan could go mythological too. He had no river to…

Muse on Monday – January 2, 2023

Muse on Monday – January 2, 2023 Happy New Year from the Green-Walled Treehouse! We’re going to start 2023 off with a bang by talking about action. Action scenes are inherently high tension, so they should be exciting. They should make the reader want to keep reading. Sentences are often short. They use a lot…