Category: writing practice

prompt 1071

Write a story about a homeless man who carries three small pots with him, each containing a sapling.

prompt 1069

I awoke to the sound of shattering glass.

prompt 1067

Write a dialogue in which one character has done something that has betrayed the trust of the other character. The wronged character knows about the betrayal, but the betrayer doesn’t know they know. Challenge: don’t mention the actual betrayal. Have the exchange be about something else.

prompt 1066

Write an origin story for an unusual creature. Use the five senses in your description of its coming into being.

prompt 1065

There’s always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there’s always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we’re lucky we’re Odysseus tied up to the ship’s mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we’re not at all lucky, we’re another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea. 

                                          ― Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

prompt 1064

There are those who, when you tell them your heart’s desire, will do everything in their power to make sure you don’t get it.

prompt 1063

You sit down for a cup of coffee with your grandma and she spins out an amazing tale. Write the scene.

prompt 1062

Your character goes outside on a clear night. Looking up, they see a bright falling star streak across the sky. What wish do they make? Write the scene.

prompt 1061

Give your character a pet that helps with character development of that character. The pet should have a personality, even if it only appears in a few scenes. What kind of personality would complement your character?

prompt 1060

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. 
                                                            ― Pablo Picasso