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Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #20

Here's the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog.  And, as always, you can find more prompts right here on this very blog.

#136  Even as an adult she still got as excited was a kid at Christmas.  What she liked best about the season was …..

#137  She grew up in a poor, dysfunctional family and had never celebrated his birthday before.  So when her husband asked her what she wanted to do on his special day, she said….

#138  The morning after.  The morning after the big win, the big party, the goal accomplished, the mountain climbed, the book completed, the awards ceremony, the election.  How do you (or your character) feel?  What do you do next?

#139  When there’s a ton of work to be done, is your character a sprinter or a marathoner?  Does he work at it on a regular schedule, steadily finishing things?  Or does he do it in manic spurts, staying up all night to get things done?

#140  She did the crossword puzzle every morning with breakfast.  Does you main character like puzzles?  Games?  Or, like some, does she hate them?

#141  The lights went out and everything fell silent.  She was all alone in the dark.

#142  The train whistled as it pulled away from the city where she had fallen in love.  She sat by the window with her cheek pressed against the glass and watched until she could no longer see the station, or him, standing there waving.

That's it!  How's your writing going this holiday season?  Are you able to keep up with it, or is it all falling to s$%^ in the press of festive winter activities? 




0 thoughts on “Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #20

  1. J.D.

    My writing has not fallen to s5%^. It could be that I am putting s5%^ on the page, but I am perking along. At least it is something going on the page. You can neither fix nor learn from a blank. Well . . . let’s say it is not easy to learn from a blank page. I hope that Father Christmas has your house starred for his yearly visit.

  2. Charlotte Dixon

    As long as you are putting words on the page, it doesn't matter if it is s#$@, because that's what rewriting is for.  And yes, rumor has it that Father Christmas is putting a ukulele under the tree.  I can't wait!  What is the J.D. Meister hoping for this year?

  3. J.D.

    I don’t know. I’m a difficult case. I like tools but I prefer to buy them myself. I like electronics, but once I get something I don’t want to change it. Most of the things I want aren’t things at all.

  4. Charlotte Dixon

    That actually sounds a lot like my husband, except for the tool part.  He just wants the people he loves to be happy.  But I'm sure your wife is good at buying you presents.

  5. Dyoung

    For some reason these prompts all seem sullen or dark. In regards to the very last one….stay on the train and keep going! For some reason my instinct tells me she should just keep moving along and don’t look back.

  6. Charlotte Dixon

    Huh, that's funny about them being dark.  I hadn't noticed that, but I also didn't look them over as a collection very carefully. Maybe its because we had a big windstorm last week and lost power?  I did sit alone in the dark (well, there were candles) for awhile but then my husband got home and we went out to dinner, where it was warm, well-lit, and there was wine.  And hot food.  A clean, well-lighted place, in other words. 

  7. Dyoung

    We had an unexplained power outage a couple weeks ago as well. Thankful it was during a ‘warm’ spell for us.

  8. Charlotte Dixon

    Yeah, same here.  It was early evening, too, so that helped.  There is nothing I hate more than losing electricity when it is cold out.  I'm a wimp.

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