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Writing Spark #46

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This week, we have a fragment of dialogue to inspire you:

“You look like death.”
“Funny you should say that…”

Why is it funny? Why and how does this person resemble death? Is it going to end well for either party in this conversation?

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Writing Spark #45

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

It all fell apart while no-one was looking.

What’s it? What impact does it have? And why was no-one watching it? Who notices its collapse first? So many places to take this one! Choose yours and go for it.

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Writing Spark #44

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Science and facts can be fun to use as inspiration for a story. Like this:

It is possible for a noise to be so annoying that the urge to murder the source becomes overwhelming.

How true is it? What kind of noise is so annoying that it would drive someone to desperate measures to be free of it? What is causing it?

It’s all up to you, so have fun with it!

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Writing Spark #43

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Let’s go back to some dialogue to put us in a situation.

“That’s not mine.”

What is ‘that’? Whose is it, and why is it here? Why is it important who the object belongs to? Is this the start of a conversation, or the middle, or the end? Perhaps this question is never answered, and they’re interrupted right away.

So many options. Where will it take you?

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Writing Spark #42

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This week, here’s something atmospheric to start us off:

When the sky turned red, it wasn’t shepherd’s delight or warning. It looked like the clouds themselves were bleeding.

It is an omen, or has something happened to the sky itself? Where will it take you? Go find out!

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Writing Spark #41

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This week, let’s take a walk on a different side:

Your roommate is rude and inconsiderate. Walks in while you’re in the bathroom and gets angry. Interrupts your meals. Shouts at you to get out of their bedroom. Becomes loud and violent towards you without provocation. It’s hard being their roommate, just trying to keep your head down and live your life, but that’s what you get for moving in with a stupid human.

Who and what are you? Animal, alien, inanimate object? Something else? Tell us the story!

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Writing Spark #40

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Real AIs are appearing in our news more and more these days. Let’s take a leap forward and explore some of the implications!

A robot believes that human myths are true.

Which myths does it believe are true? All of the ones it has been exposed to? What does that mean in terms of how it deals with humans? Where will this lead it? It’s time to play follow the robot.

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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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