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Writing Prompts #682 & #683

And just like that, almost half of July is gone! How does this keep happening? I swear, there's a time warp that makes time ahead of us seem to stretch out forever, but as soon as it's passed, I have no idea what I did with it. How about you guys? Maybe that should be a prompt? LOL    Prompt 682 – Creative Tag – The Tree Create a story that begins and ends under a tree in the park.   Prompt 683 – Creative Tag – The List Use the following words in a story – a grave, a test tube, a bowl of rice, a cell phone, and a pink fingernail.    Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below!

Cia

Cia

 

Writing Prompts #680 & #681

I'm back again! Happy Friday! Did everyone make it through the week? Did you get some writing done? There's always time for a little flash, right? Well, maybe you wrote for the game featured last week or maybe you wrote for the weekly prompts, or maybe you wrote something of your own. Either way, great job! Or perhaps one of this week's prompts will catch your fancy. Give it a go!   Prompt 680 – Creative Tag – First Line Don’t bother trying, kid. I’ve been trapped here a week, I think.   Prompt 681 – Creative Tag - The class When you were hired, you were told you’d be teaching English as a second language to aliens, and you’d have five students. When you heard aliens, you thought you meant children from somewhere south of the border or perhaps Asian. Instead there are five literal aliens from another world. What do you do?     Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below. And here's a link to the site newsletter with links to all of the Gay Pride Headline Prompt Game responses! 

Cia

Cia

 

Writing Prompts #678 & #679

Surprise! I'm popping in this week! Cia's offering an extension, so if you want it, you still have a little time for just today to write something (even a short paragraph or two fictional promo blurb for the headline you choose is okay if you make it creative enough!) for the Gay Pride Headline Prompt Game for the newsletter. You can get your work linked in the site's newsletter and featured in the forum game topic if you can send her a submission by midnight Pacific (US) time. Play along with fellow site authors in the game, or you can choose one of these prompts if that doesn't strike your fancy. Remember, though, any prompt response under 1,000 words must be placed as part of a collection.    Prompt 678 – Creative Tag – The character Your doorbell rings and you rush to open it. When you do you see someone who could be the main character from your favorite story. Before you can say a word they shake your hand. “God, I love you and your story. However, I really hate the ending. Do you think we can change it?” What happens?           Prompt 679 – Creative Tag – Buried The two of them were covered in mud and blood. The shovels were cracked, and the rain washed the tombstone cleaned. They had just buried their friend for the fourth time this week. What was going on?   Have you written something for the Prompt Game? Last week's prompts? Share a link to your headline, if you shared it in the conversation topic, or your prompt response! 

Cia

Cia

 

Writing Prompts #676 & #677

I hope everyone is having a great week! I'll be filling in for Renee for a while.
It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 676 – Creative Tag – The Myth There are myths all are all around the world to explain nature. Your task is to write a ta/’le explaining why volcanos explode.   Prompt 677 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – An old photo, a book, a bird, a topaz ring, and a newspaper.   Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Myr

Myr

 

Special Newsletter Prompt Game: Gay Pride Headline!

Today, we're doing something a little different! This is the newest newsletter prompt writing game. So, play along with some other authors, have fun with any headline that catches your eye, and get a link to your story featured in the site newsletter!    HEADLINE PROMPT GAME Happy Gay Pride Month, everyone! How are you celebrating? Does your city do a parade? Special event weekends? Ban celebrations? *boo hiss* Or are you not quite ready for the crowds? Well, how about GA celebrates together with a new game?

Very loose rules with this game, just have some fun with it. You're going to google "Gay Pride" and then click on the (News) option. Then DON'T click on the results! All you're going to do is use one of the headlines that catches your eye to create a scenario and write from there. Any length, any genre is fine, but the theme is sort of obvious, lol. You can share your headline in the game topic, talk about your story/writing as you go along, but don't do a full reveal to anyone but your editing team so we can all enjoy them later!

Fine print: Deadline is June 28th. Post story/chapter unpublished with no date. Send link to Cia via PM. Story release will happen with July 1st newsletter. 

Cia

Cia

 

Writing Prompts #674 & #675

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.     Prompt 674 – Creative Tag – First Line “What do you mean, I’m the father?”   Prompt 675 – Creative Tag – First Date You set up a romantic first date, but your date recently was in an accident and their leg is still in a cast. What is the date like?     Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week!     I'm fired. I completely spaced posting the responses to "Renee's Writing Challenge" on the 1st. It looks like the only one to take up the challenge, was Puppilull.     Thanks for taking the challenge, @Puppilull. What was your experience like when writing the two short stories? Was it easier than you thought? More difficult?
 

Writing Prompts #672 & #673

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 672 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a computer, an engagement ring, a dragonfly, an orange rug, and a forest painting.   Prompt 673 – Creative Tag – Vacation Terror Your first vacation in years and mother nature turns it into a terror filled outing. What happened?   Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #670 & #671

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.     Prompt 670 – Creative Tag – First Line “After this, I never want to see you again.”   Prompt 671 - Challenge Tag – Historical Fiction Authors like to write in a genre that they are comfortable with. Some genres require more work than others. Your challenge is to write a scene or story that is set in a particular time period. Think Victorian, Elizabethan, World War I, Colonial America, or another time period. You’ll need to research the clothes, tools, items, attitudes, and language so everything is appropriate. Good Luck.     Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week!
 

Writing Prompts #668 & #669

Who's been waiting for their weekly prompts?! Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.     Prompt 668 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a campfire, a ripped tent, a skunk, a rain storm, and a book.   Prompt 669 – Creative Tag – A Wish It’s your birthday, but you’ve had the worst day and go out to celebrate alone. When you get home you make a wish and pass out on your bed, totally exhausted. The following morning you wake to find your whole life is different. What was your wish?     Did you write a prompt last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #666 & #667

The prompts are back this week! Yay!!!! Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.     Prompt 666 – First Line Tag – First Line “Shut up and kiss me already!”   Prompt 667 – Challenge Tag – The Customer We’ve all seen that one person who causes a scene at a store or restaurant. Create a scene with “that customer” who flips out and demands everyone’s attention so they can try to get their way. How outrageous can you go and still make it believable?     I know there were no prompts last week, but did you write one anyway? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #664 & #665

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.         Prompt 664 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – red basket, old coat, a boat, a diary, and a pear.   Prompt 665 – Creative Tag – Chance Meeting Last night you went out with friends and met a man who checked every box you ever had. He invited you back to his place, but you were out with friends, felt you couldn’t be in his league, and slipped away, eventually going home alone. Today, you met the new partner at your firm. The partner just happens to be the man from last night. What do you do?         Don't forget to share your prompt responses from last week!
 

Writing Prompts #662 & #663

Thanks to @comicfan, the prompts are back this week! Yay!!!! Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.         Prompt 662 – Creative Tag – First Line “Why do you always do this?”   Prompt 663 – Creative Tag – The Crew It seems like forever ago this began. You remember your mother kissing you goodnight and falling asleep in your bed. You awoke on the airplane with the others on the way to the spaceship. The crew were fellow kids except for the captain and  your four teachers. After ten years you finally will find out why you were all taken from your families. What happened?         Did you write a prompt response for one of the second chance prompts last week? Or a response the week before? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Renee's Writing Challenge #1

I was sitting here the other day, trying to come up with some new blog ideas when the idea for this blog popped into my head. There may be future challenges, but we'll start with this one.   Renee's Writing Challenge #1: Different Choices Have you ever wondered what would happen if your character made a different choice? Wondered how it would affect the overall story and whether or not your story would end the same?  Now is your chance to find out. The challenge is to write two short stories (they can be flash fiction). Same characters. Same beginning. The catch is, that there must be a "turning point" in the first story near the beginning. For the second story, when you reach that turning point, the character must make a different choice. Some examples could be:   Example 1 Story 1: Character starts out having a horrible day at work and things have been going downhill for a while. He's ready to quit when he's offered a promotion. The promotion will mean even more work, longer hours, is more stressful, and it comes with minimal pay raise. Your character chooses to take the promotion. Story 2: Same beginning, but when the character is offered the promotion he asks for time to decide. In the end, he decides that the promotion is not worth continuing to put up with everything going on at work. He declines the promotion, and instead turns in his resignation.   Example 2 Story 1: Dave is single, and hasn't been having much luck with dating. He's ready to give up. Then Dave gets a phone call or a visit from his friend, Mark. Mark wants Dave to go on a double date with him. Mark's girlfriend's brother, John, is in town and the girlfriend asked the friend to find someone to go with them to dinner as John's date. Marc assures Dave that everything he knows about John makes him believe that John could be a great match for Dave. Dave hate's blind dates, but Mark tells him that the date will be completely on him, and Dave agrees to go despite his reservations.  Story 2: Same beginning, but Dave can't get over his hatred for blind dates. He doesn't care who's paying, he doesn't feel like sitting through what he figures will be an uncomfortable dinner. He tells Mark that he'll have to find someone else.   How does making a different choice affect the rest of the story? Can the 2nd story reach the same conclusion as the first one with such wildly different choices? If your goal is to reach the same conclusion, what other changes did you have to make to get there?  Keep these thoughts in mind. Post your challenges as a single story, with separate chapters, and then share the link in the thread, no later than May 13th. On May 16th, I'll post all the stories in a blog post for discussion on your experience with the challenge.      
 

Writing Prompts.... Oopsie

Well... as the title of this blog says, OOPSIE!  I didn't realize that I was out of prompts, so didn't send to @comicfan to get new ones!  Since I forgot, I decided to go through and pick a few recent ones that showed zero responses in the forum.   Creative     First Line     Word List     So there you go!  Hopefully I'll have some new prompts for you next week!
 

Writing Prompts #660 & #661

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 660- Creative
Tag – Dirty Dog
On your way to a wedding a little boy almost knocks you off your feet. While you manage to barely keep your feet, you turn to check on him, missing the dog he was playing with sliding into you and sending you head first down the side of a muddy hill. The dog and the little boy slip down after you. What happens next? Prompt 661 – Creative
Tag – Artwork
You were given a copy of a famous painting you love. What painting is it and why do you like it? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #658 & #659

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 658 – Creative
Tag – List of Words
Use the following in a story – a bee, red roses, yellow rain boots, a pink balloon, and a squirrel. Prompt 659 – Creative
Tag – First Line
I just got the results of the blood test and you better sit down. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #656 & #657

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 656 – Creative
Tag – The number
Most of us have a number that means something to us. Whether it is the day you were born, the number of children you have,  or your anniversary there is a number that stands out. Write a story based on your number and the importance of the number. Prompt 657 – Creative
Tag – The accident
Imagine going for your driver’s license and getting into an accident. What happened? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #654 & #655

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 654 – Creative
Tag – Foreclosed
Write a short story where the main character is either having their house or business foreclosed. Prompt 655 – Creative
Tag – Happy Dance
We all have something that will make us smile. Is it a song? A movie? A person? Write a story where something happens and all the character can do is smile and share their happiness. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #652 & #653

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 652 – Challenge
Tag – Description
Most times as a writer we will skip or give the bare minimum of a description so we can move ahead to what we want to tell. Then a reader begins asking for details and we realize what is lively in our imaginations begins to fall flat on the written page. Look out your window and focus on one action, animal, person, or plant. Now write about it including as many details as you can, but keep the scene you are creating moving, not stagnant. In other words, don’t go “Alice, 5’7’ tall, stood approximately two feet from her property line, bouncing a faded rubber ball for exactly five minutes in green shorts and yellow shirt.” Prompt 653 – Creative
Tag – First Line
So, what did he take you for your first date? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
 

Writing Prompts #650 & #651

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 650 – Creative
Tag – List of Words
Use the following words in a story – a soldier, a school, a note, a red coat, and a large truck. Prompt 651 – Creative
Tag – First Meeting
Two shy people are sent to do the initial meeting between their families entering into a business contract. How does the meeting go and what sort of contract are they discussing? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #648 & #649

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 648
Tag – The Dragon
You walk into the Dragon’s lair, swearing you are well prepared for anything. However, now that you are actually face to face, this isn’t what you had imagined. What is the dragon like? Prompt 649 – Creative
Tag – The Eavesdropper
You have overheard something you shouldn’t have. Now, knowing this secret and keeping it means you could be complicit in a crime. What do you do? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #646 & #647

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 646 – Creative
Tag -The Rocket Ship
You were the last person placed into the ship. You haven’t fully realized what is happening when the ship begins to take off. Why are you on the ship and where are you going? Prompt 647 – Creative
Tag – First Line
I’ll see him in hell before that happens! Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #644 & #645

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 644 – Creative
Tag – First Line
“I never would have expected that from you!” Prompt 645 – Creative
Tag – List of Words
Use the following words in a story – a corgi, a manuscript, a phone message, broken glasses, and a bill. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #642 & #643

I hope everyone is having a great week! It's time for this weeks prompts, supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 642 – Creative
Tag -  The storm
On the way home from work you hear on the radio that a storm is building in intensity and due to hit your area in a few hours. You pick up a few things, especially some food for your pet, and head home. Within moments of entering your home the storm knocks out the power. What happens? Prompt 643 – Creative
Tag – The dancer
You walk into a room to find a figure dancing alone. Who are they and why are they dancing? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Writing Prompts #640 & #641

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection.   Prompt 640 – Creative
Tag – Alien
Driving home you manage to get past dozens of cars that are pulled over or stopped to watch some sort of accident. You get home and just strip off, climbing into a hot shower and trying to let the day go. When you finally finish, you pull on some clothes and go to make dinner. As you enter your kitchen you hear a crash in your backyard. Rushing outside into the darkening evening you see a figure spread out on the ground. When you finally are close enough you find a figure sprawled out on the floor. The deep green blood and light silver skin make it clear that the figure is an alien. What do you do? Prompt 641 – First Line
Tag – First Line
“Do you honestly expect him to call you?” Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

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