Hello from quarantine! Calling all those snarling at staying in one – more – day! Would you like to be distracted? Can we interest you in some tasty, intriguing, inspiring, splendid writing prompts?
If we can’t go anywhere but our imaginations, we might as well venture into intriguing places, no? Telling tales is a traditional way to while away the time. Trade a prompt, grab a spare, and share, share away. More friends, more fun, more stories!
Let’s get started, shall we?
PROMPTS GO HERE
|Cedar Sanderson||You are a big game hunter stalking something. What is it you are in pursuit of, and why is it so terrifying?||Fiona Grey|
|Kat Ross||Double Moon (see images on site)||Leigh Kimmel|
|Becky Jones||Your daily walk has been along the same route for months. Today, you notice a side trail up into the woods that’s never been there before. On a surprising whim, you decide to take the new path. Where does it lead you?||nother Mike|
|nother Mike||When he opened the special delivery box, all that was inside was a key.||
|Fiona Grey||On a whim several years ago, you began inviting everyone born on the same date as you to join you at your house for cake. This year, they take you up on it.||Misha Burnett|
|Robert Evans||Lions have tails similar to a dandelion that’s gone to seed: a long stalk/shank basically bare, but with a tuft of hair/ball of fluff at the end. This prompt is to draw a lion in a dandelion field with his tail held aloft, looking sad as the wind, or perhaps a mischievous smaller animal, blows the hair off his tail as if it were a dandelion.||Kat Ross|
|Misha Burnett||The supernatural creature rampaged through the crowded store, killing everyone but you. Why were you spared?||Becky Jones|
|Leigh Kimmel||A world with too many rules. Rules for everything, and some rules purely for the sake of following rules. The inhabitants seem to live primarily on the points they get for following the rules, and for attending classes on all the different types of rules and how to properly follow them.||Robert Evans|
And here are your spares this week:
|spare||At the 10 year, 20 year, and 50 year high school reunions, almost everyone changed. Joey, though, was still the same teenager they had graduated with so many years ago…|
|spare||When Dr. Winkler left his pet alligator tied up outside the grocery store, he always hated to find extra leashes lying on the ground when he came back out. The other pet owners made such a fuss! (inspired by https://www.thefarside.com/2020/04/19/0 if you want to see it!)|
|spare||The blacksmith and the pirate stared at each other, intent on…|
|spare||Everything was going swimmingly on Jake’s first date until she let a tentacle slip.|
|spare||Describe–without naming it–a common item in your workspace through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before.|
|spare||If your home had a spirit–a genius loci–that manifested in a physical form, what would it look like?|
|spare||Write a pitch to attract investors in startup company that makes magical goods of some kind.|
No genre restrictions, no word counts, no intimidation. Put your wonder tales and links to adventures in the comments, and don’t forget to send next week’s prompts to OddPrompts@gmail.com.
Header image by Fiona Grey, Cincinnati Zoo.