Not the first Thursday of May, but I’m a little swamped. Back to our scheduled prompting!
May’s Ten Writing Prompts
- Your character finds a flyer for a summer camp no one has ever heard of. When they arrive, strange things begin to happen…
- Your character finds out someone has been posing as them online. Is the person a friend or foe?
- Write about a local store. Why does it have special significance to the people in your community?
- As your character is walking with a friend of theirs, they see the friend take a mysterious purple pill. What does the pill do and how does your character react?
- Write a story/poem/chapter about someone traveling for the very first time.
- Write a new episode of a television show that has been canceled.
- Write dialogue for a character whose dialect differs from your own. Make sure you do your research before you get started!
- For fiction writers: “Literally meaning ‘laughing corrects morals,’ the Latin motto castigat ridendo mores was coined by the French poet Jean de Santeul (1630-97), who intended it to show how useful satirical writing is in affecting social change: the best way to change the rules is by pointing out how absurd they are.” How can you show the absurdity of certain rules in your manuscript?
- Your character’s family has been in the same line of work since ancient times. Write about a character whose passion differs from their family, or who has a sibling who decides to leave the family business.
- Your character develops a “Midas touch”– maybe not of gold, but when they touch things, they change. Maybe inanimate objects come to life, or turn to stone, or morph into a different object entirely. What happens next?
Bonus Prompt: Write a story/poem/chapter beginning with the word “green.”
Enjoy! Join me the first Thursday of every month for more writing prompts like these.