Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hiking & Other Writing Prompts

Pick a prompt that intrigues you. Freewrite for ten minutes. At the end of ten minutes, you might have the start of a bigger story, or you might not. Just write!

--Do you (or did you) like to hike or camp? What are your experiences with the great outdoors?

--Charlie said to Ed, “Sure, he thinks we stole it. But we both know….

--I remember a big storm in….

--Have you ever had a cat for a pet? What have your experiences been like with cats?

--“You might think I’m just a crazy old showgirl,” Veronica said. “But I’m telling you that I saw….

--Do you have a video camera? What do you shoot footage of, and how often do you look at the tape?

--Darlene was angry at the computer. All her writing, all her pictures—poof! Just like that, they were all gone, and all Darlene could think about was….

--Combine a child’s drawing, a ruler, and a paperweight into a story or poem.

--If I have to speak in public, I….

--Do you have a fear of heights? Do you know anyone who does?
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The Pouring Rain & Other Writing Prompts

I've got a double batch of writing prompts today. Grab a prompt that inspires you and freewrite for ten minutes. Don't think about what you'll eventually do with your work--just write!

--Jack sat in the pouring rain. He was drenched, but he didn’t care. He didn’t care about anything because….

--What is your favorite song or type of music?

--Alice had done her best to overcome her dislike of Halloween, but….

--If you could be a professional athlete, what sport would you play? Why?

--Rupert scowled at Angie. “I told you we had to get rid of the body. Now we have to….

--The picture in Greg’s wallet reminded him of….

--George was furious. He shouted at his daughter, “Haven’t you ever heard ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’? Don’t you see how wasteful it is to….

--What’s the most unusual pet you’ve ever had?

--On a sunny, pleasant fall afternoon, Betty decided it was time to….

--Linda and Ellen stared into the store’s display window. “I’m really not sure what that is,” said Linda. “My best guess is….
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Digital Camera & Other Writing Prompts

My writing group came up with some very interesting ideas about what Beth found (or didn't find) on her camera when she got it back from John. What do you think? Grab your favorite writing implement and freewrite for ten minutes--if not about the camera situation, then about one of the other prompts. Let your imagination lead you where it may. Don't worry about spelling, grammar, or even if you're remaining on topic. Just write!

--When Beth got her new digital camera back from John, she was surprised to find….

--What do you think of the philosophy “there are no accidents”?

--The one bad habit I’d like to change is….

--The farm was 30 miles from town, so Justin knew….

--How do you define a good writing day?
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