Writing Prompts

Write Anything Wednesday #100

It’s a great day to write something, anything! Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Create an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can.

Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Grab a timer and experiment working in 10 – 25 minute increments until you find an amount of time that works best for you. Take small breaks in between to make efficient use of your time while not overwhelming yourself.

Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good, day pick another. Give yourself permission to do what you want at least once a week. Don’t feel guilty for prioritizing your passion. Write your heart out!

If you would like a prompt:

  • The entire office knew there was trouble when Clint cleaned off his desk.
  • Dez knew he was busted, but why did it have to be the humans who caught him?
  • Why is there a straw sticking out of the trunk of this tree?

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #99

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but you’ll write more after you get used to it and your muse will shine.

Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Make a list of realistic resolutions, then make another list of unrealistic ones.
  • He wished he could tell them the world ended back in 2012…
  • She smiled when she realized she messed up again.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #98

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but you’ll write more after you get used to it and your muse will shine.

Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Write a piece about running in place.
  • John couldn’t believe this was the afterlife…
  • She forgot the most important day of the year.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #97

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will shine.

Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Write a story about a friend thief  (This is the one I’m going to do).
  • Kara feels left out, which is normal. What she does about it, however, is NOT normal…
  • He saw the boy on the corner every day playing with a cat. Why was it always a different cat?

Happy writing!

Flash Fiction – A Good Neighbor

“Dan, I need your help,” Becky asked. “I know you’re always doing things for me but this time it’s really important.”

She said some variation of that every time. We both knew I would help so I grabbed a coat, put my gloves on, and pulled my hat down over my ears. Becky waited patiently but as soon as I stepped onto the porch she grabbed my hand and half dragged me next door to her house.

Her garage door was open but she went around the side of the house toward the backyard. She let go of my hand to open the gate and stood back to let me enter first. Her expression was my first hint of something strange going on. I walked into the yard and waited while she closed the gate. She took her time making sure it was locked.

She didn’t take my hand this time but led me to the small shed on the back of the property. As we walked, oddly without much haste after the mad dash to get here.

I glanced around and saw the snow was disturbed, but only in the middle of the yard. In fact, there was a trail of footsteps and something else, maybe something being dragged, from the house to the shed. Well, whatever she needed me to do, it wasn’t the heavy lifting.

We reached the shed and she stopped and stared at me. “You know I would never try to hurt anyone right?”

“Yes, of course. What is going on here Becky?” I asked with a sinking feeling. What was she about to involve me in? Had she finally knocked off her sorry husband?

She pulled open the wide door. Of all the things I thought she could have shown me, what I saw wouldn’t have made the list.

“What the hell? Becky, are you crazy?”

“Once I show him to everyone, no one will think I’m crazy ever again.”

I rushed over the man lying on the ground. He wasn’t dead, only unconscious. His face was covered in scratches and bruises.

“Why the hell is this man in your shed?”

“He tried to break into the house.”

“Why didn’t you call the police?”

“I tried that last time and while I was on the phone he got away. I wasn’t taking any chances.”

“How did he get all jacked up?”

“I caught him by surprise. I heard him making noise downstairs and was able to sneak up on him. I hit him with my frying pan, punched him a few times and tied him up, then I dragged him out here. I didn’t want to scare the kids.”

I shook my head. Guilt hit me as I remembered how I hadn’t believed her, no one had. Still, this was ridiculous.

“You can’t just keep a man tied up in your shed, Becky. Is that why you brought me here? I can take him to the police station.”

“Like hell you can! He’s staying right there. I need you to watch him while I get everyone else here. I’m not risking him getting away again.”

“Everyone else?”

“Yeah, all the people who didn’t believe me before.”

I groaned. It would take her to gather that many people. “Becky. Stop this. You can’t keep him here. You can’t break the law just to prove a point. Just take a picture and we’ll let him go. If you’re lucky he won’t press charges.”

Her face brightened with a huge smile. “Photographs, yes! I hadn’t thought of that. Watch him while I go get my camera.” She ran off.

As soon as she was gone I untied the man. When he opened his eyes I asked if he was okay. He assured me he was.

“You weren’t knocked out at all were you?”

“No.”

“Why did you let her do this to you?”

“Because she needed to catch me.”

Huh. “I don’t understand.”

“It’s her Christmas present this year.”

“To catch you, tie you up, and beat you?” I asked, surprised.

He chuckled. “Well, I didn’t expect her to assault me, but yes, to finally get her proof.”

“Will this put her on the naughty list for next year?”

He nodded. “Definitely.”

“Good.” It was the strangest conversation of my life.

A moment later Becky returned with her camera. She screamed when she saw Santa untied but calmed down when I assured her he wouldn’t leave until she got her photos. He even smiled in a few of them. He wisely refused when she asked if he would let her tie him up again so show off what she did.

“What now?” she asked when she was done.

“You go on back to bed. I’ll make sure he gets back to work.”

She strutted back to her house happily. I led Santa back to the house and helped him load the presents dropped when Becky attacked him. We went up on the roof and he introduced me to his reindeer. Before he left I explained UPS and FedEx to him, then I went home and went to bed.

If not for Becky’s pictures, which she showed off regularly, I would have thought it was all a dream. Oh and Santa must have listened because the next year Becky’s gift was on her porch instead of under her tree. It was a lump of coal. She also shows it off all the time.


 

This was born of a writing prompt from Today’s Author:

For 20 years he helped his neighbor whenever she called, but this time she was asking for too much.

I was supposed to be editing but it wasn’t going very well so I started looking up prompts. I found this one and my first thought was the prompt seemed to call for a body. So of course I didn’t do that, but I wanted to. So I went with a live person instead of a dead one and out came this ridiculous piece of fiction. It has Santa and snow, therefore, we’re going to call it a Christmas story.

Also, I thought it would be much shorter but I didn’t know the ending when I started so I shouldn’t be surprised.

Rough draft: 900 words


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Nanowrimo 2016 Update #2

My word count is 3749. I’m behind due to not writing yesterday. I had a procedure that involved four gigantic needles being shoved into my lower back. The stuff they gave me made me sleepy so when I got home I took a long nap. Afterward I didn’t feel like writing. I was sore and a bit out of it.

The plan is to make up for it today and tomorrow. Hopefully the injection (nerve block) will allow this.

I’m going to write a scene where my main character uses magic in an unexpected way. It’s either going to confound me or I’m going to write a ton of words. I hope it leads to many more scenes. In my vague index card outline there is only haziness around this scene.

A true planner I am not. I do some basic plotting, pin up some index card scenes, and write a synopsis only I will ever see before I start to write. This leaves me plenty of room to still be half a pantser. That’s where the magic happens for me.

Tomorrow I might go to a write-in. I suspect I need to be around other writers for a  while to pick up creative vibes. Sunday is my writing group so I’ll be busy all weekend. I probably won’t post another update until Monday or Tuesday.


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Write Anything Wednesday #90

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will shine.

If you would like a prompt, here’s several in keeping with the holiday:

  • Everyone knew Old Man Tanner hated children and Halloween. So why was he giving out candy?
  • Finally it was Halloween and Cassidy could dress up like a human!
  • On Halloween the kids were allowed to wear costumes to school as long as they weren’t scary. It was sad to see all the little Donald’s and Hillary’s sent home to change…

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #89

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will shine.

If you would like a prompt:

  • Devon can’t seem to convince the board to accept his application into what he thinks is the best school in the country. How can one have too much money to be admitted as a student?
  • Your character is allergic to grass, where does he/she have to live?
  • Almost all the trees on Tam’s planet are gone.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #87

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will shine.

If you would like a prompt:

  • It’s your character’s first date. They are going bowling. The only problem is he despises bowling. What happens?
  • You’ve inherited your Great Aunt Ruth’s cherished dog, but he hates you…
  • The ability to make paper photographs has been lost in the distant future.

Happy writing!

Write Anything Wednesday #86

You know the drill, write something. Why? It’s a great day to write and I say why not? Write absolutely anything. Try your hand at flash fiction or write a poem. Make an outline or character sketch. Write a chapter, or as many chapters as you can. Nothing to write about? Try making a list of ideas or free-write. Make Wednesday your weekly no-matter-what writing day. If this isn’t a good day then pick another. The important thing is to simply write.

If you feel stumped grab a timer and do ten minute sprints. The first time you do this might not garner great results but the more you do the more you get used to it and your muse will shine.

If you would like a prompt:

  • A wandering spaceship finds living beings on what it thought was an uninhabited planet. All life is supposed to be extinct and now he has to decide whether he’ll keep the humans as pets or destroy them as law dictates.
  • Write a story, real or imagined, about a car.
  • Elves: big or small?

Happy writing!