Category — Writing prompts
Write about a noise you dislike, from fingernails on a chalkboard to the sound of people eating bananas to weekend-morning leaf blowers. Describe a time you heard this sound, the circumstances, and how you reacted. (Fiction writers: This is an excellent exercise to apply to one of your characters.)
August 19, 2013 No Comments
Write about a foreign language you speak, studied, or wish you could speak. How does the language or the idea of the language affect your world view, and in particular your place in the world?
August 12, 2013 No Comments
Write about a local news story. Begin with the actual story, then take it in a fictional direction — create your own ending, have the main players go off in some other direction, etc. Just have fun with it.
Here’s an example of a recent news piece from where I live: A man burglarized a home, then fell asleep on the lawn of the burgled home; this is how he was caught. (I can’t wait to write about this and see where it takes me.)
August 5, 2013 No Comments
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Write about the last time you moved into a new home. What went with you, and what stayed behind? And why?
July 22, 2013 No Comments
What is the first thing the comes to mind when you see or hear the word “water”? Write about all the meanings this word has for you.
July 15, 2013 No Comments
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Write about a favorite summer food or beverage. When was the last time you enjoyed it, and what was your first memory of it? Then, write a scene (either from your own life or that of a fictional character) in which this food or drink features prominently.
July 1, 2013 No Comments
Write about the last time you had to downsize. What had to change, and how did you change along with these changes in your physical landscape?
June 24, 2013 No Comments
Write about something you broke.
(Be detailed. Was it something of yours or someone else’s? Was there any guilt or secrecy surrounding the incident?)
June 17, 2013 No Comments
Write about being at a different altitude than you’re used to, whether you live in a mountain city and travel down to sea level or whether you’re hiking up a very large mountain on a vacation. What do you observe about the difference and your body’s reaction to it? Is it better or worse than what you’re used to?
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May 20, 2013 2 Comments
It’s not only Short Story Month, but it’s also the anniversary of The Pen and the Bell, the marvelous book about mindful writing by Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes.
Brenda and Holly are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their book — click here for details and to win your own copy.
In case you don’t yet know why you need this book, check out my Q&A with Brenda about the book, writing, and more.
May 17, 2013 No Comments
Write about your health (or that of one of your characters). What would you like to change, if anything? And what is there to celebrate?
May 13, 2013 No Comments