I'm short on ideas today, so I thought I'd do something we all always need, and provide some gentle kicks in the butt to get us writing. In other words, I've got PROMPTS, y'all.
I've collected a few of my faves for you. Some of them are non-fiction, cuz, y'know, that's what I'm writing these days, but I think they would make really cool fiction prompts, too. I've given the original authors of these prompts credit whenever possible, and I came up one of them myself. If you're looking for more where these came from, definitely click on the links below, as almost all of them lead to longer lists of prompts, and some other great resources.
Ok, so, PROMPTS:
- Write a story from the perspective of your favorite animal (from http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises, which is a great resource for new prompts)
- Choose a familiar myth or fairy tale, and then choose an unimportant secondary character in that story. Now re-write the familiar story from that character's POV.
- Write an apology to someone in your past (or your character's past). Adapted from https://brevity.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/of-swerve-the-apology-epistle/
- Write an apology for something your character didn't do (see http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/How-to-Write-Your-Memoir-by-Abigail-Thomas)
- Write a story based on (or starting with) this: A rock is thrown through a window. (See the full, and excellent, list of story ideas at http://www.creative-writing-now.com/story-ideas-8.html)
- Write a story based on this idea: "The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten." (from http://stoney.sb.org/eno/oblique.html, another great site that generates prompts on command.)
And there you have it. Now - go write!! And if you have a favorite prompt or two, put it in the comments, please!