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Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #55

It is Saturday! Time for my weekly prompt round-up, with prompts taken from my Tumblr blog.  Pay special attention to this one, because I'm taking a brief hiatus from these posts for the duration of my time in Europe.  But there's almost 400 prompts on the Tumblr blog, so head over there if you need a hit of writing inspiration.

#386 Does your character like to dress up?  Do you?

#387  What is the one thing your character will not tolerate, the thing that is a deal-breaker for her or him?

#388  Try something new.

#389  When the smoke cleared, what they saw was…..

#389 When I was a teenager, my best friend told me of her habit of fantasizing elaborate scenarios wherein she was stuck in a cabin in a blizzard with a dashing man.  We started calling our daydreaming bouts “blizzardizing.” Does your main character blizzardize?  What about?

(Yes, I know there are two #389s.  Its because I like that number so much.  Not because I'm a dork who can't count.  Really.)

#390 When he looked outside, all he saw was a sea of _______________________.

#391  Use the word cheese, red car, and curtain in a sentence. Now use that sentence as a prompt.

#392  Wishing and praying doesn’t make it so, but ___________________ does.

#393  And then they came to the end….or was it?

Happy writing, everyone!  


Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #53

Here is the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog, minus one because I, um, forgot.

#363  Write about how your character reacts in an emergency.  Cool and composed, the one everyone else can count on? Or the opposite?

#364  Use the words sunlight, sailing ship, and stained glass in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt.

#365  What a difference a year makes! It had been a year since ________________.  She found that hard to believe, because ________________.

#366  Here’s to beginning again….

What has your main character had to start over and how many times? 

#367  The noise! The smell! The glare! It was worse than he thought…

#368  Write about a time your main character recovered from something–an illness, a broken limb, an accident, a break-up, a loss.

 How is your writing going? Feel free to share, or share a response to a prompt in the comments!



Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #43

Hi, I hope you've had a great week with lots of writing.  And guess what?  It's a long holiday weekend, at least here in the states.  Surely you plan on using at least some of it to write?  Of course you do. Here are some prompts from my Tumblr blog for your inspiration.

#295 Two women walk into a bar.  The entire place goes quiet, and all heads turn toward them.  It is not because they are beautiful, but rather….

#296 Would you please stop that right now?  Right this minute! It drives me absolutely crazy when….

#297  The sky darkened and lights flashed.  It wasn’t an electrical storm, though, it was….

#298  Two women sit at the bar of a fancy restaurant, one blonde, one brunette, both gorgeous.  The blonde sips her martini, sets it down on the bar and gaze at the brunette. “Now it’s your turn. I’ve told you my story.  What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?”

Write both their crazy-for-love stories.

#299  Describe your main character in three words.  

Now take each of those words and write more about how it manifests in your character.  Dive deep.

#300  Sometimes–often–wisdom, ideas and inspiration come in odd ways, such as a comment from another person, a song lyric, an evocative smell, or a glimpse of an image that reminds you of something.  Write about signs you’ve received recently.

#301  Write about your own style of dress and things you might be know for–wearing crazy ties, or colorful scarves for instance.  Now do the same for your character.  Does he or she have a unique style or is it more mundane? What does this say about him or her?

 There you go!  Have a wonderful time writing.


Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #37

Good morning and happy Saturday!  Here is the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog, wherein I write a prompt a day.  (And yes, some days I do kick myself for starting this project.  But most days I enjoy it a lot.)  Here goes:

#253  A sudden rainstorm.  Your character is stuck out in it, with no shelter in sight. What does she do?  Revel in it, or huddle miserably? What kinds of memories and emotions does the storm bring?

#254  Every morning, without fail, first thing she did upon rising was….

#255 Do you (or your character) favor yoga or Qi Gong? Running or walking? Going to the gym or working out at home?

#256 One more time, with feeling…

#257 New life.  Cause for celebration.  Where is there new life in your character’s world these days?

#258 A foggy morning.  What was revealed when it cleared?

#259 If only….she thought.  We all have a lot of “if onlies” in our life.  What is your character’s biggest if only?

Happy writing!  As always, share snippets below if you are so inspired.

Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #34

Here's the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog, all in one place for your convenience.

#233 Use the words cried, red, burp and van in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt.

#234 It happens.  You look up, and there s/he is.  The phone rings, with good or bad news.  The accident occurs.  Write about a time your life—or your character’s—changed in an instant.

#235 Write about a time you didn’t wear green.

#236 When the music’s over…turn out the lights.  Write about a time the music was over but your main character wanted more.

#237  Nothing is worse than not sleeping.  How does your main character deal with insomnia—toss and turn in bed, or get up and do something?

#238 And just when she thought she was done with all that, it came rushing back again.

#239  Every time she thought about it, she shivered in fear.  And then the day came to actually face it—and it was so much harder and scarier than she had thought. 

 Have at it!  Happy writing!  While you're writing, leave a comment and let me know how its going.

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 #32

Here's the latest collection of writing prompts, taken from my daily Tumblr blog.  Happy writing!

#219  She hated it when she watched a movie or read a book that she didn’t understand. And yet, those were the stories that stuck with her….

#220  "Do one thing that scares you every day."  Eleanor Roosevelt.  What would be the scariest thing your main character could do right now, in this moment?

#221  "Enough! Basta! I’ve had enough.  Stop it right now."  

What has the character had enough of?

#222 I know a man who doesn’t eat sweets.  He’s simply never tempted by them. Does your main character have a sweet tooth? If so, what kind of sweets does he like?  If not, what, if anything, does he eat instead?

#223  It was not a great way to start the day.

#224  They were eager to get away.  But they didn't realize how difficult it would be to leave.  First there was _____________, then _______________.  And then, _________ happened.

#225 When you look back at your life, what's the biggest difficulty you've overcome? When your main character looks back at his/her life, what is his or her biggest difficulty? 

What are you working on at the moment?  How is it going?


Promptitude: What Makes a Good Prompt?

This is post #2 on those little devils, prompts.   (Read post #1 here.)

Question: what makes a good prompt?

Answer: whatever gets you writing.

When you're a writer, its all in service to the writing.  If you have a choice between doing almost anything and writing, you'll choose writing.  If you have a limited time in which to choose an activity, most writers choose writing.  Exercise or writing?  Writing. Cleaning the house or writing? Writing.  Putting another load of laundry through or writing?  Writing.  And so on.

I may not have made the bed in days, my office can be in chaos around me, and I've thrown the same clothes on day after day.  But at least I'm writing.  And when you are writing that is all that matters–the writing.  And the doing of it.  And when you are not writing, that's all that matters, too, the not doing of it.

Writers understand  conflict because we live with it every single day–that exquisite tension between writing and not writing.   If you're writing, life is good, no matter what else is going on.  If you're not writing, you can be the happiest person ever and still a little light is missing from the world.

Thus, getting yourself writing is paramount.

And prompts can help you with that.

So quit whining about them.

The best prompt is the prompt that gets you writing.  Don't think about it, don't hesitate, don't have an emotional reaction to it (I don't like that prompt), just pick one and write.  Because, its all about the writing. 

Here's your prompt for today:

The fish flopped on the beach.

Go to it.  If you feel like it, show us the results in the comments.  And have a great weekend.