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Here's a sample of the writing prompts and tips in YEW:
<<< Writing Prompt>>>
You're writing an Agatha Christie-style mystery. You want to create a female character as your amateur detective.
Write down these three words: Gift, Sleep, Premonition.
You can write the words as a list, or cluster them.
See more on clustering here
Now write 50 more words, as quickly as you can, without thinking too much about it. I usually write the words all over a blank sheet of paper, using different colours and doodling on the page to help me to get into a relaxed, day-dreaming state.
Is your novel's character starting to come into focus? Write 100 words describing your amateur detective.
<<< Writing Tip >>>
==> Word associations maximize your brain-power <==
When a piece of writing seems boring, consider using word associations to spark it up. When you select words and write a list of associations, you're maximizing your brain power.
Want to give this a try?
Pick a file on your computer – this can be a letter, an email message, a story, an article --- anything.
Choose any three words you've used in the document, and copy them to the end of the file. Now free-associate. I like to do this on paper, but it's up to you how you do it. Write 50 to 100 words of associations.
Sometime before you get to the end of this process, you'll get an urge to write. Obey the urge.
Write at least 100 words of your inspiration. Note: your inspiration may seem unrelated to the themes that you were exploring in your word associations. That's fine --- it's part of the magic of this process. When you've finished writing your inspiration --- which may be as short as a couple of sentences or several pages long --- copy this into the original document.
The results will amaze you. :-)