Here’s an opening that’s sure to lead into some very interesting places. Let your imagination go wild as you set your timer for 10 minutes and begin to write. Don’t stop; keep that pen (or fingers) moving. And send me what you end up with, and I’ll post the top three contestants on Monday. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why didn’t they tell me it was a choking hazard?
Here’s an interesting picture I took one day up in San Francisco. It set my mind spinning. What can your imagination make of it? What exactly is it and what does it do? Set that timer for 10 minutes and start writing! Send your end result to me and I’ll post the top three submissions on Monday. Send to: email@example.com
Here’s an intriguing little start for a story. Give yourself 10 minutes and see where your imagination takes it. And as always, send your story to me for the contest, and I’ll post the top three contenders on Monday. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I left town the day Marissa died.
Something a little different this week, a prompt from a photograph. Who knows what it is? Only the photographer and writers with vivid imaginations. What do you see in this picture? Where does it take your story? Be sure to send me your finished piece for the contest; I’ll post the top three next Monday. Email to: email@example.com
(Photo courtesy of Aaron Kondziela: www.aaronkondziela.com)
Here’s an interesting little phrase to jump-start your writing today. What can you do with it? Remember, you only have 10 minutes to write, so let your imagination spur you on. And there’s something new: a contest with publication as the prize. When you’re finished writing your story, send it along to me, and I’ll post the three top entries on Monday. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready? Start with:
If only the cookies hadn’t been stale…
We’ve all felt misunderstood at times. What a struggle it was to try to make others see us, see who we are, and understand how we think. The same goes for our characters. Not everyone will get along, not everyone will understand each other. Mining our own emotions will help us write believable characters in all situations. Start with:
Write about a time when no one understood you.
An unexpected event can throw our character for a loop. Sometimes it can even trigger a subplot in a story. Given the time of year, there’s a lot of emotion that can come out of the unexpected. Here’s an unexpected event opening for you to play with today.
I had never seen my dad cry before.
Sometimes the seemingly innocuous can spark our imagination. What kind of spark does the following prompt create for you? You have only 15 minutes to capture it all… start now!
Oh, that’s right, you haven’t met me yet.
I’m always amazed at what different writers do with the same opening line. Here’s an opening to a flash-fiction piece I wrote in one of my classes. My story has an eerie quality about it. What will you do with this opening?
They never knew who the artist was, but…
We’ve all had this happen to us… or seem to happen. In the dead of night, when the shadows hover close, when we don’t know who is there, or what will happen… set your timer for 15 minutes and begin writing:
It moved by itself.