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    The Dream Peddler

    The Dream Peddler

     Feb 29, 2016

    She carries a bag of dreams for sale. There are people eager to buy--some, too, who'd like to sell her the dreams they have already.

    No One at the Door

    No One at the Door

     Feb 29, 2016

    A 12-year-old boy is spending the evening home alone for the first time. Someone keeps knocking at the front door, but every time he looks outside there is no one there.

    Dances with Cockroaches

    Dances with Cockroaches

     Feb 29, 2016

    Describe the following scene: an old woman finds a cockroach inside her rolled-up newspaper every morning, and dances on top of it before opening the newspaper.

    A Fortunate Theft

    A Fortunate Theft

     Feb 29, 2016

    Write a story about someone who steals a highly valuable or prized possession from somebody else. Have the life of the object's original owner improve after the theft.

    (Instead of an object it may be a position or a relationship that is stolen. Play with the different options.)

    Excuses

    Excuses

     Feb 29, 2016

    Write about a character who speaks often of what she would do if only she didn't have to... Perhaps she would devote herself to her art if she wasn't the family's sole wage-earner, or he would go and see the world if he didn't have to look after a sick relative, or she would live a simple life dedicated to service if it wouldn't upset her parents so much. Write about what happens when the stated obstacle is removed.

    Security

    Security

     Feb 29, 2016

    Write about a person (or a group of people) who invests a lot of time and energy in the attempt to secure himself, his group, or some prized possession from harm or theft by unknown possible enemies. Explore the effect these precautions have on the protector, on the protected, and on the outsiders whom the protection is meant to ward off.

    Children of the Visionaries

    Children of the Visionaries

     Feb 29, 2016

    Their parents made a leap of faith--moved to the new country, founded the utopian community, overthrew the dictator, produced the life-changing new technology... What was new and strange to the parents is normal to the children.

    Secret-Keeping

    Secret-Keeping

     Feb 29, 2016

    A friend comes to you (or your main character) in obvious distress, saying she’s in trouble and needs your help or advice, but first you must promise that you won’t tell anyone what she’s about to tell you. Do you promise? Do you keep that promise?

    This could be an exercise in memory and analysis or in fiction.


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