This April is not like any other, at least not in my memory. Many of those reading this blog find themselves with time on their hands. Others find themselves with more to do than ever. What does this mean? Odd Prompts are a writing challenge. Not a contest, there’s no competition here. So if you can’t write your prompt? Try again. Post it two weeks later. Doesn’t matter. The point of this exercise is that writing engenders more writing. So start out with a prompt, and see where it takes you! Don’t see a prompt you can work with in the spares? There are 15 weeks worth of prompt posts. As my kids would say, go ham!
|Cedar Sanderson||The chicken is a basketball sized bundle of greed and hate||Kat Ross|
|Kat Ross||Someone who has always been an enemy offers to help.||
|nother Mike||He enjoyed getting his haircut until he noticed the ear laying in the curls of hair on the floor…||B. Durbin|
|Fiona Grey||Under the facemask was…||Leigh Kimmel|
|B. Durbin||Four girls of about 12 explore their Scout camp, formerly used as a tuberculosis sanitarium in the days prior to antibiotics.||nother Mike|
|Becky Jones||photo prompt, see below||Fiona Grey|
|Leigh Kimmel||photo prompt, see below||Becky Jones|
Second Prompt Photo has a little technical difficulty…
|spare||Salesmen quit bothering Mr. Winkler after he taught his dog how to use a machine gun…|
|spare||Watching the cheap foreign flick at the movie theater, he was astounded to recognize one of the actresses. It was his … (take your pick! Wife, sister, lover, whatever) and she was speaking fluent French? (Or another language if you like? Bollywood singing and dancing?)|
|spare||Under the mask was…|
|Spare||In a world where everyone wore masks, baring one’s face is….|
|Spare||A forest spirit (like a dryad) trapped in a city park becomes reconciled to her fate because…|
|Spare||Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning|
Here’s the deal if you’re new: take a prompt, and write or create something sparked by it. Then post that somewhere public (ie not on Facebook) and drop the link in the comments here. Or, if it’s short, and you don’t have a public platform, just drop it in a comment. What do you get out of the prompted writing? A creative burst. Gentle feedback, possibly, but mostly encouragement from the other commenters. We support each other here, that’s why this place exists!
See you next week!
Header image by Fiona Grey, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh.