You Got Anymore of Those… Prompts?

So, this is about two days later than I had planned on posting it, but the good news is that it comes on the heels of great news. Shadowcast (which is the second book in my Deathspell series) is almost ready for its final edits. In the days to come, I’ll be dropping the cover image and some pre-order links for you lovely people, but for now…


Here’s Your Weekly Writing Prompt!

Because I’m a firm believer in the power of practice, I figured the prompt this week should be less about the scene itself and more about pushing the boundaries. Nothing forces you to think outside of the box more than breaking out of your comfort zone and quite frankly, I’ve always had good luck with plain ol’ freewriting sessions.

So, here’s your challenge:

Turn on whatever you use to listen to music and set a playlist on shuffle (if applicable). Whatever song starts playing, write the first thing that comes to your mind and keep writing until the end of the song. When the new song starts, begin a new scene/story.

You can repeat this for however many songs you want, but the idea is to force your mind to hop into a new situation and improvise. Don’t worry about it being clean, or even coherent. The idea is to conjure those images inside your noggin. If you give this a go, let me know how it turned out. Share it in the comments, link to your blog in the comments, or just leave me a message telling me how you felt about the experience.


And in case you want to glimpse into a time long, long ago when I first attempted this exercise, you can laugh with me over here on deviantART.

Good luck, you evil masterminds, you.



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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

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