Since the Just Write writing group will be on break until January 6, I cooked up a extra-large helping of prompts for today's meeting. Two of us tackled prompt number one with memories of alcohol-saturated parties (not necessarily the writers' saturation, might I add), but we also heard Emma’s letter to Santa, a story about bailing a friend out of jail, and a poem about that shattered mirror. Now it’s your turn. Pick a prompt that intrigues you and write for ten minutes without stopping, stalling, or second-guessing the direction you’ve chosen. Just write!
--‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Write about a memorable holiday party you attended.
--Are you an early bird or a night owl?
--“Dear Santa,” Emma wrote, “I don’t know if you can help me this year. But what I really what for Christmas is….”
--John saw the footprints. He leaned down to inspect them, and he was surprised at what he saw. “My God, that looks like….”
--Combine a plastic bag, a gift certificate, and a boulder in a story or poem.
--Have you ever had to bail someone out of jail?
--Marge was a hypochondriac, but this time it appeared she had a legitimate ailment. Harry was sick of her complaints, and he told her, “Look, I know you don’t feel good, but I’ve never heard of anyone dying from….”
--Jack painted the room blue because….
--If your life were made into a movie, would it be a comedy or a tragedy?
--The mirror shattered….
--Beth snapped at her sister, “Have you lost your mind? What would posses you to buy something like that for Mom and Dad? What are they going to do with….”
--When the car died….
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