WRITING PROMPTS

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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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 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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Excuses

Re:Fiction  Feb 29, 2016

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

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