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 that time again. I hope one of these prompts will give your writing mojo a kickstart. As always, feel free to share your flash fiction, poetry, or story here, or link it. Looking forward to what you’ve got for us, Dean.
- It happened in front of me.
- Everyone has secrets; mine can get me killed.
- I had no choice but to write the letter.
- Shane picked a bad time to confront me.
- I never meant to hit . . .
- The aroma of [fill in the blank] lured me into the [fill in the blank].
- I brushed away the leaves from the grave marker.
- I immediately regretted opening the [fill in the blank].
In honor of National Grammar Day, here’s a list of prompts that . . . ah . . . have nothing to do with grammar. Just celebrate this day by picking a prompt (or two!) and write something. Honor this momentous occasion with a short story, poem or flash fiction. You’re welcome to post it in the comments section, on your own blog (link it, baby) or among the pages of your journal.
- Evan couldn’t believe his luck, when the elevator doors opened and . . .
- At first, the lake appeared flawlessly iced-over, then Amy saw . . .
- Dave knew he’d never be allowed back . . .
- It wasn’t supposed to get out of hand.
- The memory of her walking . . .
- The man stood behind the glass and waited . . .
- Layla took one last swig of beer and . . .
- I hated that he knew about . . .
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.
It’s that time again. It not uncommon for a story or novel to open with dialog, and it can be very effective for dropping the reader into the middle of the action. Even if you chose to not open with one of these dialog pieces, one might at least inspire a conversation between two characters. Have at it!
- “You think that’ll stop me?”
- “I know I’m late, but here I am.”
- “Well, aren’t you a pretty little thing.”
- “Seriously, I’m not above begging.”
- “My doctor told me I couldn’t do that.”
- “Please tell me you read the instructions.”
- “I wish you’d shut up.”
- “I’ll tell you what really happened.”
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 . . .
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas story?
Oh, there’s always one in the group . . . Well, that’s okay because these prompts can not only be the start of a Christmas classic, but also the spark for that sinister tale that happens to take place under the mistletoe. Hell, one of these could jump start that Christmas screenplay you’ve had in mind. By this time next year, we could all be watching “Miracle in Malibu,” starring Mario Lopez and Tori Spelling on ABC Family. It could happen . . . (and don’t forget about who got you on the road to Christmas Special Stardom).
- The string of lights hung down . . .
- I had just wrapped the last present when . . .
- Anna dreaded opening the gift from . . .
- If the fruitcake could talk . . .
- The Christmas lights reflected off of the . . .
- “Now you know why I [fill in the blank] the holidays,” Dave told me.
- His Christmas sweater said it all.
- A box of candy canes was all that remained.
Have a wonderful holiday and happy writing!
Welcome to Wednesday, as well as another edition of “Writing Prompt Wednesday” where I hope to get you over the weekly hump and into the land of writing. Try these on for size:
- “Next!” the woman behind the glass yelled
- The house made her feel . . .
- “You’ll want to step back . . .”
- Meg saw it before I did.
- The empty bottle . . .
- Robert felt the effects immediately.
- He picked her for a reason.
- She’d seen him [fill in the blank activity] a thousand times. This time . . .
I love writing prompts—they’re a heck of a lot of fun to come up with. In my efforts to blog more regularly (aren’t you folks lucky 😉 ) I’ve decided to designate every other Wednesday as “Writing Prompt Wednesday.” I hope you’ll find them useful and that they jump start your creativity; they certainly have for me. Since my first writing prompt post, I’ve written a couple of flash fiction pieces that I’ve then submitted: one to an anthology and one to a contest. Instead of keeping these prompts tucked away somewhere on my computer, I thought I’d share them with all of you.
- The peeling wallpaper revealed . . .
- Kevin said a prayer and took a step . . .
- She wore it just to . . .
- All this time she thought she was being clever.
- Anyone could see it didn’t fit.
- She loosened the screws on the . . .
- I saw it coming, but no one . . .
- The fire burned . . .