Prompts are interesting things. I mean that most sincerely, not in the casual sense where “interesting” has become the thing you say when you don’t know what to say. You know, like when your boss decides to tell you about his sock collection. Or when you discover your sibling still harbors his childhood desire for shapeshifting powers, and uses it to motivate his workouts.
No, prompts wiggle. They show up, all quiet-like and unsuspecting. It’s the pondering that starts the wiggle, and the what-ifs, and the worldbuilding. It grows and gets noisy in the storytelling, hammering to be let out, increasing in volume, plink, plunk, kerchunk. The prompts are swarming the walls, the cannon are firing, the roar of conflict ringing in your ears, all while smoke stings your throat.
|Padre||“Shall we gather at the river”||Becky Jones|
|Fiona Grey||The sky suited the day, with bruised-peach coloration and a red-tinged moon.||nother Mike|
|Cedar Sanderson||She lay in the water stiff as a board, as though she could refuse to sink.||Padre|
|AC Young||In the dry season ‘Long Lake Valley’ was a bit of a misnomer. But in the wet season, water flowed into the valley at a faster rate than it could get out the far end, and the Long Lake formed.||Cedar Sanderson|
|Becky Jones||It seemed that breaking things was becoming a habit for her.||Fiona Grey|
|Leigh Kimmel||Amidst the snow, bright golden flowers were blooming.||AC Young|
|nother Mike||There was an eagle flying overhead, with sunglasses…||Leigh Kimmel|
So claim a prompt, before it claims you, even if you forgot to send one in. Or find the spare that speaks to you, that clamors to be told.
|Spare||Slightly intoxicated at this moment. That helps.|
|Spare||The jaguar leaped over the rosebush.|
|Spare||The aftermath of the magical massacre|
|Spare||As long as the vehicle was spaceworthy, nothing could stop the runaway pioneer bride.|
|Spare||“This is not a drill.”|
And let it out, so the rest of us can read it. We’ll see you in the comments.
Header image by Fiona Grey, Fort Ticonderoga