We use clichés and tropes in writing not because we are lazy, but because we are in a hurry to get where we are going in the story. If the reader can parkour mentally off the strategically-placed trampolines of familiar structures, then they can follow the author into the meat of the plot without long pages of dry progress. Real life? You have to slog through it every minute and every step, and you never know what’s coming at you. Writing? Writing takes shortcuts and is the better for it.
|nother Mike||It was a good plan. Too bad no one followed it…||Fiona Grey|
|AC Young||The weeping bird was so named because its song sounded like a lament. In some parts it was believed that if you heard its song in the morning it would rain before evening.||Ray Krawczyk|
|Ray Krawczyk||The unearthly glare of the alien light dissolved my emotions.||nother Mike|
|Fiona Grey||The ink bled into the skin as the tattoo began to move.||Leigh Kimmel|
|Becky Jones||The dragons and the elves met in the middle.||AC Young|
|Leigh Kimmel||You’re working your way through a building, trying to avoid the clusters of zombies scattered through it.||Cedar Sanderson|
|Cedar Sanderson||There’s no memory of licking the salt block, only of the slightly medicinal taste of the salt||Becky Jones|
If you didn’t have the time to commit to a prompt challenge, but you find yourself with the odd half hour and no brain to write with, check out a spare!
|Spare||And then the rabbit kicked in the doors…|
|Spare||The phone call came seconds too late.|
|Spare||I’m pickin’ up good vibrations, that zombie’s got excitations…|
|Spare||Anyone thinking the quest would be a cheerful teambuilding event didn’t realize that chaotic neutral lurked at the edge of the group.|
|Spare||Whoever introduced zombie romance novels was gravely mistaken…|
And then return it, in the form of the prompt response, in the comments below. The group doesn’t bite… much. Ok, not at all. Gum? That’s a different story. And you there… put away that tongue!