Writing Prompts, December 2016 Edition

Writing Prompts is part of a monthly installment where I post ten writing prompts to help kickstart your writing. 

Here we are again! I’m practically bursting with all of these writing prompt ideas. As it turns out, it’s easy for me to come up with them… not so easy for me to actually use them. Oh well. At least it’ll help you!

December’s Ten Writing Prompts

  1. What places does your character remember from their childhood? How do those memories affect their adulthood?
  2. Write a scene involving a sleepover. Is it going well? What activities are they doing? Are any of the children involved different/more significant than the rest?
  3. Does your character have a bad habit? An addiction? Who knows about it, and what are they doing to stop it?
  4. What is one memory to which your character wants to return?
  5. Your character receives a package in the mail with no return address. What’s in the package? Does it involve the character’s past? How does the character decide to resolve any issues that occur because of this object?
  6. What object best represents your character’s childhood? What about their life overall? What object represents a significant relationship they have/had?
  7. Similarly, what is your character’s most prized possession? Is it a family heirloom, universally prized, or just intrinsically valued by your character?
  8. Auribus teneo lupum is Latin for “Holding a wolf by the ears.” The phrase roughly translates to our modern day “holding a tiger by the tail,” or being in an “unsustainable situation in which doing nothing and doing something to resolve it are equally risky.” In what way is your story employing auribus teneo lupum?
  9. What has your character sacrificed for their family? Their friends?
  10. What makes a certain neighborhood different? What secrets lie behind its seeming perfection?

Bonus Prompt: Write a story/poem/chapter beginning with the word “great.”

Enjoy! Join me the first Thursday of every month for more writing prompts like these.


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