WRITING PROMPTS

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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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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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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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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