WRITING PROMPTS

Grandma's Secrets

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Years ago, after my grandmother died, we cleaned up her apartment and had to decide where everything went. Good stories always come out of looking through old things, whether they're mysterious, nostalgic, or even strange.

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Kortchins For Sale

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

When I teach environmental education to schoolchildren, one of the games we play is to invent our own animals after discussing various adaptations (sharp eyesight, feathers, cold-blooded, flying, etc).

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Final Operation

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

We have a world-class children's hospital in our city. Walking up the hill past it the other day, I wondered if any of the children come out with more than they came in with?

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It's Getting Closer

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

This image wandered in from my subconscious and hung around. I could imagine it as part of a wide variety of rather strange stories.

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Mystery Gift

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I think Alice in Wonderland brought this on. When Alice first goes down the rabbit hole she encounters a cake labeled "eat me" and a drink labeled "drink me." Always drawn to the question of "what if," this prompt came about...

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The Power of Pictures

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Various cultures have, or have had, the belief that pictures of people can steal or alter their souls or give the artist/photographer control over his subject. I’m not convinced that this is so, but the belief certainly lends itself to story-making.

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Security

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

This is another exercise exploring the gap between what we mean to do and what we actually accomplish. I think you could flesh this prompt out as political commentary, or personal memoir, or historical or literary or speculative fiction...

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