Write a story composed partially of misheard song lyrics, clichés, overheard conversations, news headlines, menu items, etc. You can launch off with “I remember..” or “It had something to do with…” Use any of the following words if you can: Grandma, Rocking, Dusty, Burnt, Brave
A character undergoing some kind of life difficulty is at a restaurant. The restaurant brings back memories. Don’t let the reader know what is happening in the character’s life, but let the reader know what the character smells, tastes, hears, sees.
Grab words from a few books (or just one book) on your nightstand. Pick 10 vibrant words. Freewrite, using every single one. After that, freewrite again, using them all again, but in completely different ways.
Freewrite to someone or something. To the forest, to a dog, to a marriage, to an old house, to a parent or sibling. Write a story using this narrative approach. These prompts are free. In return, I hope that writers and teachers who use these prompts in (and out of) the classroom will purchase one […]
Write a story about a character with a debilitating obsession but don’t tell the reader what it the obsession is. The character is hiding it from herself and yet controlled by it. This obsession should be one that is not your own. Use your imagination. Write in short, choppy sentences. These prompts are free. In […]
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. These prompts are free. In return, I hope that writers and teachers who use these prompts in (and out of) the classroom will […]
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 (for better or worse) by the presence of […]