WRITING PROMPTS

The Beggar

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I'm always uncomfortable when people approach me asking for money. I'm painfully aware that they have a story, probably a very difficult one, which I don’t know, and, not knowing, I don't know whether what I could give would help or harm them. It occurs to me that it would be difficult in a different way if I did know part of their stories.

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The Postman

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Working in the circulation department at a newspaper, I talk with the paper carriers all day long. This prompt is inspired by some of the stories they have told.

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Her Eyes

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I've met someone striking lately, and this first-line prompt popped into my mind.

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Excuses

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

This is another exercise in character study and contradictions, two subjects which fascinate me.

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The Music Box

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Sometimes a particular tune brings back things I'd thought I'd forgotten. This exercise plays with the possibilities of those memories. It might form a story in its own right, or be a useful bit of character study for some folks in your stories whom you'd like to get to know better.

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Lucid Dreaming

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Lucid dreaming is a state where you realize you're dreaming, and you gain full control of the dream. Let's have some fun with that.

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Lost

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

This struck me as a fairly open-ended story starter, suitable for a variety of genres, or as a what-if character study which you could use to enrich your sense of a character from a different story of yours in which this scene need never actually appear.

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