First there seemed to be an odd shimmer in the air over the lake, easier to see from the corners of your eyes than with a straight gaze. Then there was a definite shape resting on the water, but rowing out to it was no good--up close the colors faded and the lines blurred, and there was nothing to put your hands on. But every morning the shape grew a little clearer, a little larger, a little closer to shore.
A kitten mewls on the stern of a foundering ship. What will happen to it?
A person once thought he would be chosen for something he and many others aspired to. Instead, the person’s friend was chosen. After that, the two drifted apart and lost touch, until one day they met unexpectedly . . .
The rest is up to you. I suggest writing in a way that focuses as much on the unchosen friend as on the chosen one.
Imagine a world where winged dragons live side by side with humans. What would it be like?
Try to clear your mind of all the dragon images you've absorbed over the years. Look for surprising answers to the guiding questions below.
Take an existing story and rewrite it with a different endpoint. Either write additional material after the story’s ending, or make the story end substantially the existing version.
If you want the result of this exercise to be publishable, use one of your own stories or a story that’s in the public domain.
Write about a two-in-one laundromat and palm reading service.
Write about a wounded healer.
It looks like an ordinary old-fashioned music box. It sounds that way, too, to each listener; but when it plays each listener hears a tune that has some particular significance to him.
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