Friday, June 13, 2014

The Feather on the Wall and Other Writing Prompts

In our first prompt today, we have an odd accessory pinned to the wall. What room do you think they’re in—whoever “they” turn out to be? Grab a pen (quill optional) and see what kind of story you can weave from one of the prompts below. 

  • “Why is that feather pinned on the wall?” asked….
  • What’s your favorite kind of bird?
  • Jane was shocked when she heard the parrot say….
  • An ostrich wanders into your backyard. What happens next?

Personally, I think ostriches are scary.

Comments and stories welcome below!

Photo courtesy of Marie Hale at flickr

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Shaky Situation and Other Writing Prompts

What is that person standing on in the first prompt, and why is it a bad idea to stand on it? If you don’t get any sparks from that prompt, keep reading until you find something that inspires you. 

  • “I wouldn’t stand on that,” she said, right before ….
  • A lot of people thought it was a mistake when I….
  • Linda realized that she’d turned the wrong way when…
  • What do you think of the idea that nothing’s a mistake if you learn a lesson from it?

Common writing advice is to “start with the day that’s different,” and the day something goes wrong is always “different,” isn’t it? Comments (or good stories) welcome below!

Picture courtesy of Newsome Antiques on flickr

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Thoughts of Summer and Other Writing Prompts

Pick one of the prompts below and cook up (or would that be "barbecue"?) a story about summer. 

  • Summer makes me think of....
  • Ellen said, "Camping always sounds like a good idea until...."
  • Define "summer beach read." 
  • What was summer vacation like when you were a kid?
Photo courtesy of Klearchos Kapoutsis at flickr

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Book Collection and Other Writing Prompts

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." ~Stephen King 

Where is “she” in prompt number one: a massive library, or in a room with just a few books? And who’s she talking to: an adult or a child? All the details are up to you if you tackle prompt #1, but you can also browse the other prompts. Try them all, if you’re feeling bibliophilic.

1. "How many books do you own?" she asked...
2. Describe three books that have influenced you greatly.
3. "I found your little black book," said...
4. Combine a book, a loaf of bread, and a cactus in a story or poem.

Pick a prompt and get to work! Leave a comment to tell me about the results.

Photo courtesy of Tom Mascardo at flickr

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tattoos and Other Writing Prompts

Body art is the theme of today’s batch of writing prompts. We’ll start our potential reflections on personal ornamentation with a glimpse into that all-important moment of decision: who is that guy in the first prompt, and why does he want something put on his body permanently?

  • He decided to get a tattoo because….
  • Have you had anything pierced?
  • “Your hair looks like….”
  • What’s your favorite article of clothing? Where did you get it? 

Personally, I’d love to get a tattoo. Do you have one? 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Desert in Spring & Other Writing Prompts

The desert can be spectacular in spring... but what are those flowers hiding, there in the first prompt?

  • The patch of yellow desert flowers covered...
  • Have you ever had an unpleasant encounter with a cactus thorn(s)?
  • The dirt road led into the Joshua Tree forest...
  • What's your favorite thing about the Mojave Desert?

For bonus ideas: 
Are you familiar with the story of the Mojave Phone Booth?

Photo courtesy of Michael Dorausch at flickr.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

New Writing Group at Derfelt Senior Center

A new writing group is starting up in Las Vegas at Derfelt Senior Center! The group is open to writers of all genres. Come prepared to write something and contribute to a writing-related discussion.

Group meets every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. 
Derfelt Senior Center
3343 W. Washington Ave.
(In Lorenzi Park)

If you have questions or need more info, just leave a comment below.