The Sunday Blogger: Brain Exercises for Writers… (Danielle Lee Zwissler)

Hi, everyone, and welcome to The Sunday Blogger!  *Insert applause here*

Today, we are going to talk about Brain Exercises for Writers. Yes, you can exercise that massive lunk of amazingness…

First off, make sure you start your day off right with breakfast!  You won’t be able to fully concentrate on anything without a full stomach. Getting the right foods in you will not only help you with your thinking cap, but will also make it so you don’t have to stop in the middle of coming up with your best work!

Second… Make sure you’re dressed comfortably, but not too… For example, sweat pants are good, and so is a good tee, but no pajamas. Getting your brain in that idea that you are still in your sleep clothes may make you tired, and you most certainly don’t want that!

And Last but not least… Write in a place where you won’t have any day-to-day distractions.

So, it wouldn’t be a good idea to put a writing desk in the living room. HGTV stops for no one.

Let’s get to writing! 

Get a notebook, some pens, and pick up a newspaper or two.

You can get ideas from anywhere, and I read a long time ago in some article online (Sorry, I can’t remember where I read it, but it was online) to get your ideas from real headlines. No, you don’t want to copy them down, because clearly that is plagiarism, but you can use some of the elements for a good story.

For Example: If Jessica won the State Championship Wrestling Match as the first girl ever to compete, you can use that as the basis of your story. I would change the name, however, and maybe the sport. You get the idea, right?

Hannah Jammison woke up at 3:30 that Sunday morning with the biggest grin on her face. The night before, she had won the “Gladys Fair Chip Eating Contest” but that wasn’t the most exciting part of the weekend. She was the first ever woman to do it!

(Yes, I know this is stupid, but you could totally make a funny teen romance out of this one.)

Another thing I love to do is look for writing prompts. You can get your family into this as well.

What you need:

A Newspaper

An Egg Timer or cell phone

Paper and pencil


Have a relative or friend pick five things from the newspaper: a setting, a person’s name, an object, an event and a feeling.  After that, set your timer for 5 minutes, and write a story that will knock everyone’s socks off!  Keep in mind that a story should have a beginning, a middle and an end.

🙂  Good luck, and keep your brain working!

❤ Danielle

PS. Don’t forget to READ, Fall in Love, and BE HAPPY!


Flash Fiction Wednesday (Fantasy)

Hi, and welcome to Flash Fiction Wednesday!  Please set your timers!


Time: 5 minutes

Genre: Fantasy

Elements to add to your story: A torch, a box full of magical garments and a talking firefly.

Send your story to:



Flash Fiction Wednesday 8/1/18

Hi!  Thanks for joining us for Flash Fiction Wednesday!


Today’s flash is below:)

Genre: Horror

Starts with: Jessica ate the muffin

Use these three words: Car, electric toothbrush, and can-opener

Word count: 800 words

Set your timer: 10 minutes

Turn your stories in to Firefly & Wisp for a chance at getting your short story published in our 2019 Anthology of shorts.

Author of the Month

Justin GlennonJustin Glennon is Firefly & Wisp Publishing’s August Author of the Month.

Justin writes Fantasy, and he does it so well that you can almost feel the dragon’s breath on the back of your neck, you can hear the screams of the people that have fought so valiantly in his books, and you can hear the sounds of the gasps of people that come up against friend and foe. Justin is good at what he does.

Below you will find a link to his Facebook event, as well as his book on Amazon. His book “The Blood of the Dragon” is available on both eBook and trade paperback. Enjoy!