Writing Prompts and Challenges posts

Writing Spark #39

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This week, something situational to get us writing:

“I need you to back up and stop pointing at each other.” 

What are they pointing at each other? Why? How many of them are there, and where are the lines drawn? And crucially: will they back down or will it all escalate?

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Writing Spark #38

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For this week’s inspiration, let’s turn to technology (or possibly a mystical item?).

An inventor figures out how to make ‘mood clothing’ that changes depending on the mood or overriding emotion of its wearer.

I love to consider the impacts of an item like this. What would this type of clothing mean to personal interactions? Would it encourage people to learn how to suppress their emotions, or would it make them more honest? Could it be used as a tool – for interviews, for security, or for nefarious purposes?

The choices are yours. Go forth and have fun!

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Writing Spark #37

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This week, let’s try something topical for inspiration:

Strange weather patterns begin to form on planet Earth. You are a police officer working your shift when a man comes in and confesses to causing these weather problems. He also says that he’s not sure if he can stop it.

Who is this man, and why did he choose to come to the police? What will do you? What can you do? The world is full of choices, and it’s all up to you. No pressure.

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Writing Spark #36

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This week, let’s try something less fantastical and a little closer to our usual reality:

Your partner slides two twenty-dollar bills across the table and says, “That’s all we have left.”

Left for what? What kind of partner is this: life, business, crime? How far will forty dollars get you? It’s time to find out.

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Writing Spark #35

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Let’s see where this prompt takes you:

Every morning was the same thing: put on a pot of coffee and get dressed as the coffee brewed. Even the coffee machine was bored with the routine.

Time to break the mould! Technology first?

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Writing Spark #34

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This week, here’s a fragment to get you started:

“Don’t put that there!” 

What does that bring to mind? What genre is it being said in? Is anyone listening? Is anyone out there?

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Writing Spark #33

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Add something fantastical to your storying! Try this:

You must take over your family business: raising dragons to sell to the world’s wealthiest as pets.

Challenge accepted! Go go dragon-raisers! Breed them, train them… sell them. What could possibly go wrong, right?

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Writing Spark #32

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This week, enjoy the mystery of our prompt:

After falling asleep during history class, you wake up to find your school and town apparently abandoned, for what looks like years.

I love this one. What has happened? Have you travelled in time? Fallen into a lucid dream? Died? Take it wherever you like!

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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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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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