The first hot loaves are coming out of the oven in a new café. Describe the scene.
Think of something which you have seen other people doing, but which you would never do yourself. Write a story whose main character does that very thing. Try to convey why in that character’s eyes, his or her actions are justified or worthwhile.
The behavior doesn’t have to criminal or morally reprehensible. It could also be an act that strikes you as tasteless, tactless, foolhardy, tedious, etc..
Imagine an old house for sale where all the pictures are hung precisely 12 degrees off plumb (straight).
What if dreams could be recorded and replayed? How would the world look like?
It is the last warm day of fall in a city park. What’s happening?
Think of an adult whom you admired when you were a child. Write about that person’s childhood.
This exercise forces you to look at a hero as an ordinary person, with faults and drives and needs like all other people. It helps you take the hero off his/her pedestal and make them real. This could be a character study, or the story of a real or imagined incident from that person’s childhood.
You enter a state of Lucid Dreaming. What will you choose to dream?
Of course, you can write this prompt about any of your characters.
Imagine a world in which time travel is possible, within strict limits: You can only go back to earlier points in your own lifetime. When you get back you’ll be your earlier self, with none of the memories and understandings you’ve accumulated since. You can take one object with you, and a note with 100 written words.
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