Given that, you'd think I'd have run across more informative, enriching material than this. And I have, but this is the only one that made me snort.
(There used to be a pic here of a dude with a huge walrus mustache. It's here now.)
Invent a character and give her a problem. It doesn't matter what, really, but it should be relatively challenging. Write a page or two of her dealing with that problem. Have her go through at least three strong emotions as she does so. Make them vivid. Bonus points if you make yourself laugh with what you wrote. Extra super bonus points if you make yourself cry.
Additionally, in case anyone wanted to know, Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake was so freaking awesome that I'm still thinking about it. The book I'm reading now (which shall remain nameless) absolutely pales by comparison. Which is disappointing, since I had very high hopes for this one. I mean, I'm willing to plow through a slow beginning, but when I'm on page 186, I shouldn't still be bored. Blah.
Ms. Blake's book did not have this problem. It began as it proceeded as it ended. Action! Ghosts! Athame! Witches! Blood! Romance! That book was a helluva ride. Highly recommended.
How'd your week go?