Animal Entrance

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 […]

In Denial

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.

Multitasking disease

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

Stepping Stones/ Leaping Off Points

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 In Nouns and Verbs

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  

Emotional Survival Technique

Write a piece in which a character is trying desperately to forgive someone or something. The struggle to do so is what the reader will find interesting. People do often try to forgive despite everything.. It’s a survival tool. List of words to try and incorporate: twitch, lungs, tapioca, frown, stench, fluid, trunk

Dramatic Stakes

Heh heh. Well, with the election upon us, I figured it was time to do a dramatic stakes prompt. So here it is: Write about a situation in which the stakes are very high, but don’t let the characters speak of it. Have them act as normally or even blandly as possible, given that something […]