I took a little breather, but now the prompts are back. Same “rules” apply: Pick one, two, or however many you want, and write something. Post it here if you’d like. Write a story, whip out some flash fiction; just write.
- I bought it thinking it would help me win him back.
- I should have known the police would find me.
- The documents burned faster than I anticipated.
- The trick to getting out of a hostage situation is . . .
- She wondered what he’d look like carrying a . . .
- Margo regretted taking the shortcut to work.
- David had on that ridiculous shirt he bought at Caesar’s Palace.
- Ruth didn’t expect to find herself in the same situation as before.
It’s nice to be back in the swing of things after the A to Z Challenge. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out my previous Writing Prompt Wednesday posts, and as always, feel free to use any of these. Post here, there, anywhere; just write!
Today, I thought I’d shake things up a bit and come up with some titles, which can also spark a short story, flash fiction, novel, or poetry idea.
- The Shop Girl’s Secret
- The Elephant in My Attic
- King of Sycamore Street
- The Fires of Spring
- The Mourning Years
- Waiting for War
- The Bitter Brides Club
- Last Flight Out of Paris
You know what to do. (But in case you don’t . . . these prompts are a way to help you get the writing juices flowing. Post a story in the comments section, journal it, post it on your blog, or get a jump on a short story; whatever. They’re here for the taking.)
- Knowing his name meant little to her.
- Fallen ash from his cigarette collected in a pile below his hand.
- I stood at the edge of woods and listened to . . .
- Paul knew he shouldn’t have looked . . .
- I should have told my wife the truth that first day when I . . .
- “I wouldn’t drink that; it has [fill in the blank] in it.”
- In the beams of the dying headlights, stood . . .
- The morning sun peaked through the trees. He told me I’d be dead by sunrise.
You know the drill. (Dean, I’m expecting big things from you, my friend.)
- There’s never the right moment to tell . . .
- The marinara sauce dripped down the wall . . .
- As usual, I said something . . .
- The remote trail led to . . .
- Something didn’t feel right when I entered . . .
- His keys hung from . . .
- The shrubbery concealed . . .
- The ER nurse gave me . . .
It’s that time again where I attempt to wow you with these sure-to-inspire writing prompts. I’m also going to try real hard to stump Dean this time around . . . (check out Dean’s wicked prompt skills in previous WPWs).
- “You’re a terrible liar,” Adam said.
- The slash marks . . .
- The sisters made a pact . . .
- She didn’t recognize the car.
- His laugh scared her.
- They only had seconds before the . . .
- Like a bad omen . . .
- I had sworn I left the box . . .
Look familiar? That’s right, it’s a blank document. For many of us writers, that’s the stuff of nightmares—you know, the one where you’ve been paper cut to death by a swarm of rejection letters? That’s the one. Well, it’s an all-too common problem many us could live without. Oftentimes, instead of having this wordless screen stare back at me with a “Uhm, hello? I’m blank. You going to write something on me, or what?” I’ll close the laptop. Ha! Take that! Although that’s typically unproductive . . . unless I pick up a pen and a pad of paper. At times, I find I’m more productive when I go Old School and write on paper; it’s less intimidating than a blank Word Doc. But then what?
Get writing. Dennis Palumbo, author and former screenwriter, who spoke at the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference a few years back said, “Writing begets writing.” Turns out, he’s right. However, when you need a hand to get going, story starters or writing prompts can help wake the muse. Here’s a few to try out:
- Emma knocked on the door and immediately regretted it.
- Ben hated what he had to say next.
- Had he been conscious, he probably would have said . . .
- “It won’t hurt a bit,” she told him.
- Most of the time I keep my promises, but . . .
- I thought I had more time, but the doorbell rang . . .
- She held out the box. “No, you open it.”
- She/He/It slipped in through the front door unnoticed.
- They didn’t believe me at first.
- Daniel thought she was crazy when she first told him . . .
- I tried to give back [fill in the blank] but he told me to keep it/them.
- Eric wanted to take the words back the second he said them.
- It went completely against his nature, but he had no choice but to . . .
- He walked in and saw her sitting with . . .
The following two prompts come from The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood:
- I could have avoided all that trouble if I had only remembered to . . .
- Seven days ago [fill in the blank]. Now, no one will talk to me.
Okay, now it’s time to take my own advice and write.
Do you have some writing prompts? Please, do share in the comments below.