Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #1

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I've started a daily writing prompt blog on Tumblr.  

However, one of my wonderful readers pointed out that it was impossible to get those posts emailed from Tumblr.  So I had a brainstorm:  why not do a weekly round-up post of the prompts?  

And so, here it is.

Behold, the first ten prompts:

#1. "Don't be stupid like me," he said. "Instead, remember that you should always…"

#2. Write about a time someone gave you (or your character) a present you hated. What was it? How did you react? Why did you hate it so?

#3.  She should have known better.

#4.  "To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable."  Helen Keller

Write about a sudden change (in your life or the life of your character) and how people reacted to it.

#5.  The sickest you've ever been.

#6.  Here are the seven deadly sins: wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony.  Choose two, and include them in a scene or a story.

#7.  You can pick one day out of your whole life to live over.  Which one is it?

#8.  Write about the last day of school.

#9.  She could taste the sharp tang of disappointment in the back of her throat.

#10.  Write about the one(s) who got away.

Okay, there you go–have at it.  Go forth and write!


0 thoughts on “Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #1”

  1. These are good. I particularly like #5–written about someone else. Writing prompts seem an interesting way of coming at the process. I always picture writers, including myself, going at it because they have a story they must tell. This is asking you to tell a story you haven’t thought about. It may be a good way of becoming more professional. Consider that you have a three book deal–Wouldn’t I like to have that problem!–and you have no burning message. Football season in less than a month.

  2. Prompts do get you out of yourself and your current project–and I’m amazed how often they bring me back around to it, too.

    Speaking of football, I just made overnight reservations in Eugene for the day the Ducks play Colorado. Not going to be their best game, but we have good friends who live in Denver. They are Duck fans but like to come when Colorado plays. I’m excited about football starting!

  3. Love this! Assigned exercises and coaching are a great way to keep someone motivated. Thank you for this. Now to implement the exercise!

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