Back by popular demand, Meg’s “Absurd and Strange” online flash fiction workshop will begin again November 1st and runs through November 30th. Need a writing boost? Consider enrolling in Meg’s “Absurd and Strange” Workshop” from November 1st- November 30th. Original prompts will be provided by Meg P! The flash fiction course will be held in […]
We all know that holidays bring unexpected moments. In my family, usually the toilet broke, or the dog would somehow devour the best part of our celebratory supper. Write a story about a holiday brimming with unexpected moments. Or better yet, write a story about a holiday with at least 3 unexpected moments. These prompts […]
Write a story that incorporates random facts that you remember. This William Stafford poem sets a nice example: Things I Learned Last Week by William Stafford Ants, when they meet each other, usually pass on the right. Sometimes you can open a sticky door with your elbow. A man in Boston has dedicated himself to […]
Choose a title of a song you recently heard. Then, remember 5 words from the song. Write a story that incorporates both the title of the story (or you can use the title of the song as the working-title) and try to use at least 5 words from that song. The story doesn’t have to […]
Use repeated phrases in every line to fool the critic. You do not have to keep them, you can edit them out! Some good ones are: “It may have had something to do with…” “I remember” “In the beginning” “I’m thinking of” “Because”.. etc etc.
Obsessions are great to work with. Pick a few of them, and in this exercise, pontificate. Write in long, run-on sentences. Try to write about 3 of your obsessions. For example: A home you once lived in, your strange nose, money, someone you can’t forgive.. these are examples. Go crazy with many specific, vivid details. […]
Love and hate are wonderful emotions to work with in stories. Even better… BOTH. Write about a situation your character finds herself in in which she/he both loves and hates someone or something she’s presented with.