17 September 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #65

A fiery spark

The view from your window shows some of your neighbour’s yard and a lot of tall trees. Sometimes, when the light is just right, you can see a glint of light off a pond. 

Tonight, you can see the glint, and it is rippling.

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3 September 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #64

A fiery spark

You go away on holiday for a couple of weeks. When you return, plants have grown wild around your home and started to reclaim it. They don’t normally grow that fast, right?

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20 August 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #63

A fiery spark

This spark is a very simple one:

An abandoned playground.

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6 August 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #62

A fiery spark

Koalas have fingerprints nearly indistinguishable from humans. What happens when a koala’s fingerprints are the only ones found at a crime scene?

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23 July 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #61

Your neighbour’s partner passes away, and you go over to pay your respects. You notice that all the mirrors in the home are covered with red cloth. It’s a tradition, they say, to give the departed soul some peace. 

Now that you think about it, you’re not sure how long those mirrors have been covered. Also, did one of those cloths just move?

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9 July 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #60

A young person is murdered. There aren’t many clues and the authorities are stumped. The key piece of evidence is a note that the victim wrote shortly before their death. The problem is that it seems to change every time someone reads it.

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25 June 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #59

Your new partner has a room in their home with a collection of chains in it. One day, you come over to find them wearing the chains and a startled expression.

“I can explain,” they say.

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11 June 2021 - 5:00 pm

Writing Spark #58

You’re having an ordinary day when a disheveled man rushes up to you and presses a small wooden bird into your hand. He tells you it’s important that you keep it with you, looks over his shoulder, and rushes off again. 

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28 May 2021 - 6:00 pm

Writing Spark #57

An accident results in a terrible head injury. You are told that you may not be able to recognise faces any more, that the part of your brain responsible for connecting faces to names has been damaged beyond repair. 

As you recover, you find the doctor’s warnings come true: you don’t recognise anyone around you. Not at home, not at your occupation, not even your neighbours. You know their voices, but the faces are wrong. Can you trust the doctor’s explanation?

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14 May 2021 - 6:00 pm

Writing Spark #56

The writing sparks are back! Here is a prompt to get your writing started today. Hope you have fun with it!

There has been a skull in your family home since you can remember, sitting on a shelf. You suspect it has been there generations. There were stories about it when you were a child, but that was some time ago now. 

One night, you hear a voice coming from the room where the skull’s shelf is. You go in, but there’s no-one in there. Just the skull, sitting on its shelf, watching as always.

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