WRITING PROMPTS

What The Child Heard

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Sometimes a good opening point gets my creative juices flowing. I think this little scenario could be the beginning of a story or a poem, realistic or speculative.

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Confusing Conversations

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I’m fascinated by the complexity of conversations. There are the words being explicitly exchanged, and then there are the speakers’ different understandings of what they mean. These differences can be a powerful story device.

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The Hidden Price

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I’m intrigued by the saying, “Be careful what you ask for, you might get it”, and by the human tendency to overlook the shadowy sides of our gifts.

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Favorite Title

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I was feeling like re-reading a favorite title, but when I scanned my library, all titles appealed to me. Which got me thinking of this prompt:

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The Unchosen One

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

There are plenty of stories about the few people who are chosen to save the world, run the country, rise above the way of life to which they were born, etc.. What about the people who weren’t chosen? I sometimes wonder.

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We Just Don’t Do That

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

People have different basic assumptions about what kind of behavior is appropriate. I find that trying to imagine another person’s assumptions can be a powerful way of adding depth to characters, and also of understanding my own values.

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Don't Look Now

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I tend to rely heavily on visual descriptions in my writing, to the point where I forget the richness evoked by sounds, tactile sensations, and especially smells and tastes. Some other writers have the same problem. The following exercise can help in correcting this tendency.

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