Writers need to be able to put emotion on the page. Emotion is what draws readers in. Sometimes, it’s hard to access our own emotions. This prompt will help you reach through to those emotions that may be too strong, too scary, too hard to reach, but that you need for your stories. Give yourself 10 minutes and let the words flow.
Write about losing a friend.
Juxtaposing images or concepts makes for truly interesting writing. Here is an opening that gives you the opportunity to explore the balance between fear and comfort. Give yourself 10 minutes on your timer and begin!
He sat in the dark, a dark so comforting it made him shiver.
This little prompt will set your mind spinning. There are so many directions it can take… story, memoir, diatribe, essay… let yourself go and enjoy this one!
Never leave a woman on her own…
Here’s an opening that will truly stretch your imagination. What kind of circumstances would result in something like this? Set your timer for 10 minutes, and start writing!
They only killed him twice…
We’ve all felt this was at one time or another. This week, pick a character from one of your stories and let that character spout off as he/she poses then answers this prompt. 15 minutes, get set, go!
Damn, why is there always a “but”?
Midweek is a good time to look back on how we became who we are, and how we have dealt with life so far. In how we react to what happens—or doesn’t happen—to us are the seeds of our stories, plots and plot twists. Set your timer for 15 minutes, and write!
Write about a time when you couldn’t have what you wanted.
This week’s prompt doesn’t give a lot to work with — not at first. But if you set that timer and start to write, and keep writing, you may be surprised at what comes out. Start now!
Yeah, they gave a lot…
Another opportunity to wallow in the “Twist” that makes our stories really fly. Give yourself 15 minutes as you let your imagination take you to a place you maybe have never before been.
“Hello, beautiful,” she called just as…
Finding a plot is often the process of twisting the normal out of shape. We offer a toast to congratulate accomplishments, but sunny skies and happy times do not keep readers reading. You have 15 minutes to twist this toast out of shape…
We raised our glasses in a toast to…
This week’s prompt contains a word that means “the same”, “run of the mill”, “common”. Can you find the uncommon, the unusual in this exercise? You have 15 minutes — start writing!
Meet me at the usual place.