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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome To Fall and Writing Prompt: Memorable Hotels

By Marilyn Friedman

I don't know what you did over the past few days, but Mr. Writing Pad and I had a busy Labor Day weekend that included some of my favorite summer activities: grilling steak and corn with friends, long writing sessions inside with the air conditioning going full blast, and dips in the pool near our home to cool off.

Let Writing Pad help you take the sting out of summer being over. We have a ton of wonderful new classes planned for you in September and October to make your fall as special as your summer. This weekend, we are honored to have Kenneth Johnson, the creator of "V", "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Bionic Woman", and "The Incredible Hulk" teaching a class on how to write a TV series that has legs (producing infinite story ideas) and appeals to both men and women. Don't miss Nice Legs! Creating The Series That Keeps On Giving this Sunday afternoon!  

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Classes Starting This Week
Short And Sweet: The Art Of The Short Story*
Fantasies, Flashbacks, and Fictions: The Inner Life of Your Characters
Nice Legs! Creating The Series That Keeps On Giving

Classes Starting Next Week
Short And Sweet: The Art Of The Short Story*
Pitching For The Press: A Query Letter Clinic
From Cheng Du to Timbuktu: Writing The Road Less Traveled
Page One: Writing The Feature Article
You In 1200 Words: Writing and Publishing The Personal Essay (5 Wk)*
Personal Essay II: The Advanced Class*

Writing for Actors
Get Truthy: A One-Person Show Intensive

Writing A Pilot That Can Fly

Writing Prompt: Memorable Hotels
I'm assuming that a lot of you had travel plans this weekend so perhaps you have a new story idea to contribute to this writing prompt.

Make a list of 5 memorable or crazy hotel stays for you (or a fictional character). For instance, you could write about the time that you got locked out of your room, got an amazing upgrade and saw a Cindy Crawford in the elevator, stole all of the towels and got caught by housekeeping, etc. Pick one of the memorable hotel stays. Add a sensory detail to this scene (smell, taste, sound, touch, sight). Now write for 10 minutes about your memorable hotel stay, including the sensory detail and post the results in the comments of this blog!

This prompt reminds me of the time that my husband and I went to Guilin, China, and the glass shower doors in our hotel bathroom fell off of their hinges and broke into a million pieces at 3 a.m. The hotel blamed us for this mishap even though we were in bed the whole time!

Write about a memorable hotel stay! If you post your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog, you could win a free class!

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