We’re more than halfway through the year, and still chugging along productively. With a few hiccups here and there, because life can be pretty crazy. Discipline alone helps keep the writing flow, but it doesn’t hurt to have tips and tricks, either. Whether it’s music to zone out to, exercise, the Pomodoro method and regular practice, or the encouragement and creative suggestions of internet strangers who’ve become friends, let’s keep those creative engines stoked.
On with the prompts! Want to play? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a prompt idea and trade your imagination with another.
|Becky Jones||On a boat tour of Copenhagen harbor, you pass the Little Mermaid statue which gets you thinking about mermaids. Looking down into the water off the bow of the boat you see _____________.||nother Mike|
|Fiona Grey||It was a normal day until the penguins attacked.||Cedar Sanderson|
|AC Young||The gardener always insisted that the roses were not any old shade of red, but ‘blood red’.||Leigh Kimmel|
|nother Mike||When the sewers backed up, the alligators started coming out of the toilets…||Fiona Grey|
|Leigh Kimmel||The mysterious stranger’s calling card is a single silver feather.||Becky Jones|
|Cedar Sanderson||Everyone said it was a gas line, but that’s not why the house blew up…||AC Young|
Life laughing at you? Need a break? Forgot what day it is in this still-not-quite-normal world? Just add “spare” to the phrase you send in, or grab one from the list. Don’t see one you like? Check out over a year and a half’s worth of prompt suggestions! There are no rules. Whatever keeps your prompting fancy going, and those fingers flowing over the keys.
|Spare||The day the coffee powers were revealed to the world was an unusual day…|
|Spare||“It eats starlight.”|
|Spare||The pixie instrument makers made the bells of their wind instruments out of suitably shaped flowers.|
|Spare||The fine print on the exercise robot warned, “Never expose your robot to fiction.”|
|Spare||The early smart houses had a strong moral code, and knew how to use the Skinner box of the household to train their humans to that code…|
|Spare||As the sun set, the dead body that had been lying on the floor of the library sat up and looked around…|
That’s it for now, until the comments section fills up. What keeps you going?
Header image by Fiona Grey, Florida