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Your silhouette in moonlight

I don’t often do romantic prompts, but that’s the one area that I really feel doesn’t get enough attention. This is my attempt at one, day. You don’t have to write romance, of course! There are options.

If you want to write romance, write a scene where either of the two man characters either thinks about or says something about this to the other. I’m sure you can find a way to work it out somehow, and make it way more romantic than I just did.

If romance isn’t really your thing, write a memory about the prompt. It doesn’t have to be about a lover… it can really be anything that you can think of. A car? The mothership?

Have fun with it!

Patient Zero

Doing something really open ended today.  Write a scene about the first person to get and start spreading a contagious disease.

Are they aware of what’s going on?

Have fun, and write whatever part of this scenario grabs your attention.

Mythology

Myths are a classic source of inspiration, and taking an old myth and modernizing it is an often used trick of authors to tell a story. Ulysses, for example, by James Joyce (and touted as the greatest novel of the previous century), is based off of the Odyssey.

So take a myth and mix it up a little. Put it in modern day, change the characters a little bit, and see what happens. Don’t limit yourself, either – the Greeks and the Romans had some great myths, sure, but there are other cultures out there that have some weird ones.

Enjoy!

LIVE

LIVE

Write a scene about a character who is watching an event happening in real time.  They cannot influence what they are watching or interact with the people involved in any way.

This can be literally about anything that covers those parameters, and in any genre you want to write.  Anything from watching a security camera to a screen aboard a starship – be creative.

Enjoy!

The worst pain

Remember the worst pain that you have ever felt.  It could be a cyst.  Or breaking your arm.  Or a shark attack.  Anything that you remember as excruciating and something that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
But characters… they need some suffering sometimes.  Write a scene where you take that pain and have a character experience it, but let them experience it from an outside source.  This is not the character’s doing – if you broke your arm, let your character’s arm be broken.  If you have terrible, awful headaches… let something be living there.
The antagonist is not, in any way, required to be human.  I’m thinking monsters, you can think (and write) whatever you want, as long as the pain is coming from an outside source.
Have fun

Imitating the Masters

Today’s prompt is to write a poem based off of one of the five parts of “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot. You don’t have to have read any T.S. Eliot to participate – in fact, it might be better that way. Even out of context, his words are moving.

Here are the five parts:
The Burial of the Dead
A Game of Chess
The Fire Sermon
Death by Water
What the Thunder Said

What images come to mind? Take a few minutes just to sketch out (in words) what your chosen line makes you feel. Post what you come up with!

The March

Write a scene where a character is marching for some reason, or is a part of a march. What is it about? What is their goal, why did they choose to get involved?

For something to think about (and feel free not to include this) consider the other side – that your character could be wrong. Does this thought ever cross their minds, or are they firmly convinced of their side?

Enjoy!

Autumn Nostalgia

There is something sad about fall.  Something sweetly nostalgic, a loss keenly felt and still vague in memory.  The life and warmth of the summer months is slowly fading into the chill of winter, so slowly that the movement is only barely perceptible.

But it’s still there, and we still feel it.  Write a scene, today, about October.  If you feel the same sense of nostalgia as I do, what are you nostalgic for?  Is there an October of years past that you remember sharply, and still yearn for?  Or is the feeling from nothing more than a sense of how autumn should feel?

Enjoy.

Quality Flip

Think of qualities that you really like about yourself, and things that you don’t like about yourself. I wish I had more willpower, I’m glad that I’m so sensitive, etc. it could be anything that you like or don’t like – the things you pride yourself on and the things you’re ashamed of.

Now, create a character who had those same qualities, but switched. Instead of liking their sense of humor, they hate it. Instead of feeling like they haven’t been doing anything with their life, they look back on all of their accomplishments with pride.

Write a scene about this character, this shadow you. This is a great way to give a character some depth, as well as write about qualities that you’re already very familiar with, in a very different way.

Happy writing!

Settings of memories

Think of a powerful childhood memory. Maybe one that you return to often. Maybe one that is so powerful that you’ve spent the last twenty years trying not to think about it. Either way, I want you to think back, to hold the memory in your mind and savor it.

Then, I want you to write, not the memory itself, not what was said or left unsaid, not the events, but where you were. What you were seeing. The little details that maybe, maybe were things that you were not focusing on at the time. Think back, think hard, and see if there aren’t some things that you remember that you never realized that you knew.

Good, bad, serious or lighthearted, travel deep into a memory and see if you can’t learn some things from yourself.

Enjoy!