WRITING PROMPTS

Laundry and Palm Reading

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Sometimes you get two incongruent businesses housed together, such as Coffee and Pawn Shop, which amuse me. So I thought, why not a laundromat with a palm-reading service in the back?

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Finding the Right Words

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

A coworker of mine has been planning to propose to his fiancee for a little while now. Our whole department has been helping him decide exactly when, where, and how, as well as what to say. She said yes.

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The Inheritance

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

Here’s a story starter which I hope will provide scope for conflict, character study, and a wide range of comic or serious, realistic or fantastic treatments.

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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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Missing Parts

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I grew up watching "Star Trek" as a kid, and time travel has always fascinated me. So has history. Who wouldn't want to travel back to a favorite era if given the chance? Here's a time-travel prompt with a twist.

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Housecleaning

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I recently read Annie Proulx’s short story 'Dump Junk' (in her collection "Bad Dirt") and was struck by the many possible ways of developing her opening scenario. So here goes:

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At the Pegasus Races

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

I have some good friends who are avid fans of all sports. Watching television with them the other day--specifically watching the exuberance of the fans themselves--led me to this prompt.

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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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