Writing Prompts, January 2017 Edition

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

I hope everyone’s holidays have been going well! To kick off the new year, my first post is, of course, the ten writing prompts of this month!

January’s Ten Writing Prompts

  1. Many stories begin with someone waking up in someone else’s body. Your character wakes up in their best friend’s body; what happens next?
  2. Write a story/poem/chapter involving someone living a nomadic life, moving from place to place.
  3. What is the first thing people assume about your character?
  4. Write a story/poem/chapter involving food. Make sure you incorporate all five senses!
  5. Does your character live in their childhood town or home? What does this mean for them and their relationships?
  6. Your character gets sent to the hospital for appendicitis. What happens next?
  7. Your character’s prized possession is stolen. What is it and how do they get it back?
  8. A man described as barba tenus sapientes is literally said to be “wise as far as his beard”—or, in other words, he might look intelligent but he’s actually far from it. So many “wise man” characters in literature (especially fantasy) employ this look. How could you subvert those expectations?
  9. Many times, stories end with the couple in love getting married. Write a story or chapter starting from that point.
  10. Your character is sitting on a stool at a bar, but they’re not drinking. Why not? Are they there to meet someone, and if so, who?

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

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


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