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Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #40

Hello from Nashville, y'all!  Here's my latest collection of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog.

#274  Use the words cat, rain jacket and orchid in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt.

#275  Write about what your main character did yesterday, from the time he woke up until the time he went to bed.

#276  Her cat was the most annoying cat in the world, especially when he…..

#277  The biggest difference between southerners and northerners is….

#278  Is your main character a walker or runner?  How often does he exercise? Or is he an exercise slacker?

#279  Does your main character procrastinate or get things done quickly and efficiently?

#280   When the drumming started, she couldn't help but dance.

Feel free to post any results from the prompts in the comments!

Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #33

#226  Write about the worst weather you (or your main character) have ever experienced.

#227  After the best weekend ever, your main character now faces Monday morning.  Does she drag her feet and stay suck in memories of the weekend, or does she let the momentum of her wonderful time carry her forward?

#228  When we are small children we spend a lot of time pretending—and then when we’re adults we learn to pretend in different ways.  We pretend we are happy, for instance.  Or we pretend we don’t care.  What does your main character pretend about?

#229  Some people think it is boring, but consistency is often the key to success.  How is your character consistent?  Inconsistent?  What are the results of these actions?

#230  What have you (or your protagonist) had to leave behind in your life?

#231  Knock wood, cross fingers, think things like if I finish loading the dishwasher before this song ends, I’ll get the job, or maybe something like if I don’t step on any cracks all the way to the corner, my new love will call.  These are superstitions.  Does your character indulge in them?  Do you?

#232 When the rains came and washed it all away, she was glad, so glad.

What are you writing? 


Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #25

Here is the latest collection of posts from my Tumblr blog.  There's more prompts here.  And you can download a whole book of them here.  Oh yeah, and there's one less prompt than usual because last Sunday we drove to Seattle and back (eight hours total in the car) to attend the 100th birthday party of my husband's aunt.  It was a glorious day, reconnecting with cousins and visiting with said aunt.  But I totally forgot about doing a prompt.

#171  He hated when he overslept.  Because, there was nothing you could do about it—that time was lost.  Lost to sleep.  So to make sure it never happened, he….

#172  It was a crushing disappointment.  What does your main character do to recover?

#173  Use the words hoar frost, purple, poem and beast in a sentence.  Then use that sentence as a prompt.

#174  "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."  Annie Dillard. How does your main character spend his/her days?

#175  Write about the resolution your character has kept.  Now write about the resolution he/she has broken.  Why does he want to accomplish those things in the first place?  What stands in the way of her doing them?

#176 She was tired.  So tired.  And she dealt with being tired the way she always did.  First, she …..

How did you writing go this week? (I'm almost done with the rewrite of my WIP!)


Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #24

Welcome to another round of writing prompts!  How has your writing gone this week?  I hope 2015 is treating you well–so far, I'm in love with this year.  But that's not the point of this post, is it?  The point is prompts, lots of them, so here you go (and don't forget, these come from my Tumblr blog, where you'll find tons more):

#164  Sometimes beginnings, like endings, sneak up on us and sometimes they are definitive.  What are you (or your main character), beginning as this year begins also?

#165  Monday.  And not just any Monday, but the Monday after the holidays are over, once and for all.  Does your main character dread getting back into the swing of things—or love her/his work so much that she/he greets the week eagerly?

#166  Disaster.  The plan was thwarted.  What now?

#167  She was starting the new year with new friends and new projects, and her heart was full.  So much better than the disastrous events of last year.  When she looked back on it, she remembered the horror of…..

#168  Many people in western societies (especially the United States) are infected with the feeling of “not enough.”  It might be not enough money, not enough time, not enough love, anything and everything.  Does this affect your main character?  In what ways?

#169  When she came through the back door that afternoon, she realized that her indoor cat had gotten out.  Inside, she realized that a window had been broken.  But that wasn’t the worst of it, because she also found…..

#170  Her next-door neighbor knocked on the door late one night, asking to borrow some honey.  She invited her neighbor into the kitchen, where she told the most incredible story….

 There you have it, writing inspiration for the week!  Enjoy–and write tons everyday.  Also do check in and tell how the writing is going when you get a chance. 


Inventive Writing Prompt Roundup #6

Here's the latest collection of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog.  Enjoy–and write!

#39  God.  After all that work and effort, this happens?

#40  "You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won’t be able to take a break from being a writer." Stephen Leigh

Since you, as a writer, are always “on,” look around.  Write a descriptive sentence of what’s immediately in front of you.  That’s your writing prompt for today.

#41  And when they came to what they thought was the end, it was really a beginning, because….

#42  Everyone has a few things they worry about most.  What are yours?  What are your main characters?  Write them out.  Now write about what life would be like without them.

#43 You walk into a wine bar that is empty but for the two women sitting at a table in the back.  Suddenly, their intense conversation ratchets into a loud argument.  You can hear every word.  Write it all down.

#44  He ran.  He ran faster, harder, longer.  Then he ran some more.

Why is he running?  Is he running from something or toward something? What, if anything, will make him stop?

#45  The wind picked up.  The snow fell harder.  But still she walked on and on through the storm, her feet growing heavier by the minute.  She had to keep going, because….


Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #4

Here is this week's collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog.  Enjoy and I hope they help you write long and well.

#25 "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." Wordsworth.

Sometimes we don't know the breathings of our heart.  Write yours down, now.

#26 She always dreaded parties, and this one was no different.  She had to go, no doubt about it, because it was for her boss.  Once she got there, she sat in a corner, until…..

#27 Never a dull moment, especially when…

#28  There’s never enough.

Some people spend their entire lives thinking there’s not enough—not enough time, not enough money, not enough love.  What do you (or your character) consistently feel a lack of in your life and why?

#29 She looked at her to-do list and found it overwhelming.  There was just too much to do! So instead, she did what she had been wanting to do for a long time, which was…..

#30 "No pain, no gain," she said, flopping on the mat.

"Oh that old saying is so outdated," said her friend, who stood beside the mat lifting free weights.

"No, it’s not."

"Yes, it is."

Write a scene featuring two people arguing about a popular saying or trend.  Make the background setting interesting, so it is not just two talking heads.

#31 If you could change one thing in your life—just one thing—what would it be?  

Write this out for yourself and for your main character as well.


 Happy writing.  If good stuff comes from these prompts, come back here and tell us about it!