writing prompt #002

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Now yesterday we started off with writing a short or some developmental story by using a few words and phrases to encourage an emerging plot. Today we are going to try some different “what if…” sort of scenarios to help think of your characters in a completely different situation. Maybe your own personal fanfiction of your own characters (or perhaps literally just fanfiction) but it doesn’t matter as long as you get some words out and start thinking!

  • Your character was bitten by a werewolf and has a week to break the curse or be a werewolf forever, but do they even really want to break the curse?
  • Your character finds an old family artifact that they have been searching for, but now that they have it they are being haunted by an long dead relative who they never met.
  • Your character has been vegan for a good few years, but today they have been craving red meat. How are they cooping now that they are out to dinner with some of your other, meat eating characters?
  • Your character’s marriage just failed and now they are moving back in with their parents, back in their old town where everyone knows everyone and all the dirt that comes with it.

Pick a bullet point or do them all if you are ambitious! Remember keep your character in-character this is just about taking them and putting them into a different conflict to develop them as well as your own writing style.

writing prompt #001

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When you respond to a writing prompt what is the first thing you do? Do you pick what characters are going to be involved or do you focus on what sort of plot you want to outline in the response? I usually pick the characters first and let the plot come to me from their interactions, but there is no wrong way to go about reply as long as you reply.

So this is our first writing prompt on written pandemic and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first replied to one in this fashion. Remember: it’s about getting your juices going and getting something written down. For this first exercise I will leave you a list of a few words and phrases that you can pick from to respond to, you can either reply here or on your own blog or in your own personal journal, there is no wrong way! You can pick one word or all of them and create a larger response, again there is no wrong way.

If you happen to post your reply here in the comments please leave at least three words or phrases to inspire others to create their own stories.

Words and Phrases for 04/16

  1. Justice
  2. It seemed like a good idea at the time…
  3. Fairy lights
  4. Dragon Scales
  5. Ascension

Hopefully these give you a little inspiration!