Sometimes we all get in ruts and I’ve often found it helpful to circle back to prompts and practice threads to write my way out of them. (As well as into stories with potential.)

Maryn has been offering a terrific array of prompts, but I asked her if we could revive a set of old threads with a more general, practice-oriented focus, for those who might get some benefit of letting their imaginations range a little more broadly.

The original index was put together in 2013 by guest poster EL Montague, and then Scott Cole picked it up in 2015, so we have a complete set of posts with 45 general prompts. AW Admin has refreshed all of the old links for the new protocol (Much Thanks and Wild Applause for Lisa!), so if anyone would like a more in-depth look at the prompts and how users interpreted them, click over. Lisa has closed them so there is no adding to them, but it's a trove of information and examples.

Or, if you'd rather just know what the threads are about, scroll down-thread here to see the explanations EL and Scott Cole provided.

Basically, if you’re looking for additional inspiration, general ideas, themes, or conflict, or if you’re just wanting to work on craft, here’s another resource. Happy Practicing, writing, or reading! Whatever gets your creative juices flowing. Pun 100% intended. *wink*

EL Montague Original Post and Index

This year for the practice threads, I’d like to follow something a little more structured. I believe in practice. If you’ve ever been in athletics, you’ve heard the phrase “Play like you practice.” It’s true. I view these practice pieces as a safe place to work on my craft, without getting all tied up in my current works. It’s hard to be rational on something you’ve invested so much in as a current novel.

The following outline of topics is designed to help each of us work on the key elements of erotica. Since this is writing, lots of it will translate to other areas, but we’ll focus on sex. Erotica in its nature is meant to titillate, so do your best to raise the blood pressure of your readers. These topics are also meant to build on each other. That’s why I start with description and work through to storytelling. Each week we’ll try to ensure that the things we worked on the previous weeks (as relevant to the story) are included in the current piece.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, and even those who do not write are encouraged to comment. If we’re lucky, this will make us better writers. If not, then hey, we got a few ideas to keep us writing. Writers write.
1) Description

2) Pairings

3) Motivations

4) Storytelling