Writing Prompt

August 21, 2014

Writing Prompt: Cell Phone Independent

Chris Carter, the creator of the X-files has talked about how the series would not have worked before the invention of cell phones. Many books and stories now rely on the ease of communication that cell phones bring. Ann Patchett, the author of Bel Canto, has mentioned on several occasions that her latest novel was…

August 14, 2014

Writing Prompt: Without The Wheel

This week’s writing prompt is to write a short story set in an alternative reality. We are still on earth in this story but on an earth where the wheel has never been invented. The world still works, technological advances still occurred, but there are no wheels. Write a short story involving this world. It…

August 7, 2014

Writing Prompt: A Poem in Parts

I first did this poetry prompt when I was 14 years old. My teacher at the time asked us to write down the numbers 1 to 10 over two pages on the left hand margin and irregular intervals. I am going to ask you to do that now if you are doing this prompt on…

July 24, 2014

Writing Prompt: Coffee Poem

The prompt this week is a little different. Your challenge is to write a poem about coffee. Although there is one tiny catch. You can never use the words coffee, beans, black, milky, cafe,  or caffeine in this poem. You must convey the idea of coffee, of drinking it, without ever mentioning these words. Obviously,…

July 17, 2014

Writing Prompt: Secret Library

Many great modern novels are about the love of books and libraries. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store and The Shadow of the Wind are just two examples.  Both books are about imagined secret libraries. Your prompt today is to write about an imagined library that is for some reason or another a secret. Now this…

July 10, 2014

Writing Prompt: Stuck

Imagine that a character is trapped somewhere. It could be a small room, a well, a crashed car, a stuck elevator, or any number of small claustrophobic  spaces. They have been stuck there for at least thirty minutes when you start writing your story. This is important because they already have to be nervous at…

July 9, 2014

Writing Prompt: Modern Tech in Ancient Times

              Today, technological devices are a part of our daily existence, especially for us writers. Telephones and fax machines were considered the ultimate in modern technology. Now they have taken a backseat to even more upgraded communication devices such as Skype, DVRs, and voice-activated writing software. Is there anything…

July 2, 2014

Writing Prompt: Rhyming Poem

Poems don’t have to rhyme anymore. They haven’t in a very long time. Still, every once in a while I encounter someone who believes that poems have to rhyme, that it is one of the requirements to writing a poem. Most of the time I write in free verse, without any rhymes except the occasional…

June 26, 2014

Writing Prompt: Life Without Computers

What if there were no computers? Obviously you wouldn’t be reading this right now, but many other important things that factor into your daily life would be different. Your prompt today is to imagine, in a poem or a story, what life would be without computers. Remember, if there were no computers there would also…

June 19, 2014

Writing Prompt: First Sentence, Last Sentence

This week the prompt is a little different. There are two options for it. The first is to do it with a friend, the second is to do it on your own. Pick your option and then proceed. Option One: Ask a friend to write down two sentences. The sentences should be seemingly unrelated. These…

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