Category: writing inspiration

prompt 934

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

                                                           –Beatrix Potter

prompt 931

Choose a contentious topic and write a dialogue about it between two people, one of whom only speaks in short sentences, and one of whom only speaks in long sentences.

prompt 926

Write two versions of a dialogue between two people, one of whom is continually diminishing the other person’s accomplishments (version 1), or continually building up the other person’s accomplishments. (Version 2).

prompt 925

While going through items in your parents’ attic, you find a piece of clothing that  was very important to you at one time. Write about it. What does it look like now versus back in its heyday? Why was it so important to you? Does finding it now help you with something in your current life?

prompt 924

That’s the kind of thing you don’t tell your husband.

(Feel free to customize this–wife, partner, coworkers, family, mother-in-law, banker, therapist, psycho ex-boyfriend, etc. Try a few different ones.)

prompt 922

Write a piece that starts with:  One day, ten years ago, I had a yard sale.

prompt 921

Readers want to be able to predict where the story is going. And they always want to be wrong.

                                              –Steven James, Story Trumps Structure

prompt 920

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice

                                                                  –T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

prompt 919

One of the reasons we do the things we do is that they remind us of certain people. For example, I make tuna salad because it reminds me of my mom. What are some things your character does that are like this? Can you deepen that character by adding some “tribute actions” and behaviors?

prompt 918

Write a lullaby that uses imagery from nature, and then write another that uses imagery from inside a house.