16 June 2017 - 6:42 pm

Writing Spark #31

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This time, let’s try a quote of dialogue to get you started.

“Stop touching the duck.”

Who is touching a duck, and why? And why must they stop? Who does the duck belong to?

So many options, so little time. Go!

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9 June 2017 - 6:44 pm

Writing Spark #30

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Super-powered stories are popular at the moment, so let’s try one ourselves! Here’s something to get you started:

Someone is stealing super-powers from heroes and villains alike.

Who would do this, and why? How are they doing it? What are they planning to do with the powers they’re stealing?

How far will it take you?

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2 June 2017 - 6:39 pm

Writing Spark #29

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As writers, we are always creating (and often destroying) life. How about a different kind?

A fishing vessel near Antarctica pulls what appears to be a new, humanoid species up in its net.

What sort of species might it be? Is it from Earth or elsewhere? From another planet, or another Earth from another dimension, or some kind of fantastical realm? How did this being come to be in the frigid Antarctic ocean?

So many choices, so little time! Especially if this being isn’t too friendly.

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26 May 2017 - 6:34 pm

Writing Spark #28

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This week, let’s delve into the digital world:

A hacker creates a virtual currency that quickly becomes the dominant system of money on the entire planet.

Is this what the hacker intended, or is it a stunt gone wildly out of control? What’s really behind it, and where will it take those invested in it?

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19 May 2017 - 6:26 pm

Writing Spark #27

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This week, I have something in a thriller/mystery vein to inspire you:

At a Chinese restaurant, you open a fortune cookie and read the following message: “Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing.”

Who is warning you? Why? And, most importantly, how did they get the message inside a fortune cookie? You have the answers, so use them wisely!

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12 May 2017 - 6:16 pm

Writing Spark #26

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Apologies for the slight gap in these writing prompts. I was flat out sorting the Writers’ Asylum! Now that’s done (for this year), we’re back to our regularly-scheduled Friday prompts.

Here’s our next prompt:

You find out you’re a DNA experiment combining as many recessive genes into one person as possible. That’s why you’ve always felt so different from everyone else.

What recessive genes will you choose? Red hair, blue eyes, an unusual immunity? What happens if they’re all put together? Is it evolution or throwback?

It’s all up to you, so have fun!

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6 May 2017 - 5:20 pm

Writers’ Asylum: Murder in Mind: Epilogue

The party is over. It’s time to clean up the mess and try not to notice how sticky the floor is.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our party, and solved a mystery while you were here. You now have a bunch of stories, to do with as you please!

Thank you for coming along and taking part. The Asylum wouldn’t exist without its inmates. If you have any suggestions about things we could try or improve, let me know!

In the meantime, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. You are released!

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6 May 2017 - 4:20 pm

Murder in Mind: Challenge #5

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It’s getting late when, deep in the hubbub of the party, someone screams.

The music stops abruptly. The lights come up. The faces you have already written about look around the room.

There is an announcement that silences the room for a moment: the host has been killed. No-one is allowed to leave.

What has really happened? How many of the events of the evening were exactly what they seemed? Now is the time to tell us.

Challenge #5: The Final End

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6 May 2017 - 3:10 pm

Murder in Mind: Challenge #4

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With so many people and so much going on, it’s inevitable that something will go missing. And now, something has. It’s an absence that someone notices, and cares about. An absence that someone mentions and will try to rectify.

The thing is, this something is not just missing: it has been taken.

Consider what this something is. Is it big or small? Precious to anyone, or only to specific people? What defines its value, and to whom? What is it and who does it truly belong to?

Why might someone take it? Revenge, greed, opportunity, justice, or a joke? Some other reason?

When the item’s absence is discovered, where is it? Has it already left the party, or is it secreted somewhere close by? Is it still in the thief’s possession? What happens when its owner starts to search for it? Who joins in to help, or steps aside?

Tell us the story of this theft, from the missing item’s perspective. What will its final fate be?

Challenge #4: Taken

Go to the next challenge!

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6 May 2017 - 2:00 pm

Murder in Mind: Challenge #3

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We’ve seen what happens when things get testy between partygoers, but not all clashes at this party are angry. It has brought together people from many parts of the host’s life, including his or her past. Some bonds are remembered, some reforged. Some sparks are rekindled, while others are new.

The party rolls onwards. Food and drink are consumed. There might be dancing, perhaps some singing.

Two people are definitely feeling the less violent and more salacious sparks. (Or more than two, if you’re feeling adventurous!) Think about who they might be, and why it took this party to push them together in this way. Think about why it is they’re drawn to each other. A shared history? An animal chemistry? Chance and proximity?

Tell us about the sparks between these two, and how they go off to find somewhere to indulge in their passion. What happens when they get there?

Challenge #3: Rendezvous

Go to the next challenge!

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