Autopilot: Don’t think about what you are writing, write as much as you can as fast you can without any editing or worry about grammar, spelling, story arc, or logic. Do it for as long as possible: one hour, two hours, three hours: don’t look back don’t look up.
Write a piece as if overhearing a couple having an intimate discussion during an uncensored moment. Write about a moment that should not be overheard. Don’t get cartoonish. Make it real.
Write about a situation which involves intense conflict. At some point, an animal (of some kind) enters the scene. A dog or cat can do wonders for atmosphere. The important part is that in some way, the animal changes the energy a bit. Don’t make it obvious or corny. Let us see how people change […]
Write a story in the first person in which an unreliable narrator is in denial about their inconvenient feelings for another character. The denial can be about feelings of love, anger, distrust.. anything. Here are prompt words: uniform, kitchen, chicken skin, soak, cracked, notion.
Write a piece about someone who is trying to juggle 4 tasks at once. Try to incorporate these words: dog, fire, finger, french fries, sandal, argument
First half of your freewrite: Begin each sentence with the following fragments: “Thank God for…” or “If it weren’t for…” or “Luckily…” “I remember.” Write as much as you can using these. Second half: Change gears. Start your sentences with new fragments: “Unfortunately…” or “The crazy part is that…” “They say that..” “And that is […]
Fold these 10 words (5 nouns and 5 verbs) into your freewrite as if you are folding eggwhites into cake batter: Verbs: steer catch sputter push tighten Nouns: necklace kitchen father zipper neck