Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 29, 2010

Free Fall Friday – Writer’s Prompt

Welcome to week #2 of Free Fall Fridays. Kathy and I were delighted to hear from the people who found last week’s prompt inspiring. Some posted their beginnings on their own blogs, and we enjoyed reading all the different responses. You should be proud of yourselves! So, yes, you can do this.

Now take the twenty or thirty minutes that you need and deserve, and allow your mind to wander through a possible story relating to the photographs. Then, write a one page response to the prompt.  Remember that this is about exercising your writing muscles while having fun. Critical voices are not allowed, while enjoyment and passion are always welcome, and encouraged.

So, let’s do this again. If you haven’t accomplished any writing this past week, don’t dwell on that. Instead of looking back, see what’s in front of you. What you can accomplish today is what counts. Write something. One page is all we are asking, but feel free to write more.

Being that Halloween is two days away; I chose this particular photograph to use for this week’s prompt. For additional thoughts on what to consider in responding, go to my blog: I’d love for you to share your thoughts or comments there as well.

Please start your first page with following words: The crunch of the leaves ____________.

Good luck.  I enjoyed reading the first pages everyone sent in.  Actually, I was quiet impressed with your creativity and imagination.  Hope you will give it a shot again this week and stop back tomorrow for Illustrator Saturday.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. If I can find some time. Working on a query and a few other things. And have to get fingerprinted later because I am coaching basketball this winter!


  2. Mary Kole brought up freelance editing on her blog the other day, which kept that topic on my mind. I had some further thoughts on that topic, which I shared on her blog earlier. I think these comments clarify why I chose that route and why it made sense 4-me. I encourage all writers to attend conferences, get critiques, etc., before pursuing the freelance option.

    I just wanted to add a few more comments about the freelance editing thing. Just stuff that has been flowing through my mind. A major reason I chose the freelance route was due to my working full-time, raising two kids by myself, and finishing my bachelors. Can I edit? You bet. I’m an English major. Did I have the time, maybe, another year or two. But there’s more to it than that.
    I had attended 3 conferences, 08, 09, &10 in NJ. Got a first page session–good feedback. A handful of pro. critiques via the conferences and one dinner in 09. And I participated in a critique group, which also gave us another pro. critique. A lot of good feedback. Lots of different suggestions. Although it was a WIP, (LOL–my fantasy was that it was closer to done!!) I had received differing ideas/opinions on crucial parts of the story and not just from the pros. Other writers and professors at my college gave some advice. I am thankful for it all. While I took some tips from everywhere (including Mary’s–thank you!) there was one critique that seemed to speak to me the most. I kept that one close by all the way through.
    Finding a good editor seemed like a natural progression from the other steps I had taken. Fortunately, the SCBWI has a list of freelance editors who had either published or edited children’s books. That is where I found an editor.
    I think it has worked out very well (only time will tell,) and I’ve learned quite a bit from that well-published children’s author.


  3. I finally got a chance to sit down and give this prompt a try. Here it is:


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