Monday, January 14, 2013

Writing Prompt: Doors

Doors, or more accurately, thresholds, signify moving between two worlds. Sure, it's not as dramatic when you're moving from the hallway to the bedroom - but it can be, depending on the context.

For today's writing prompt, write about someone who is literally opening a door for the first time, whether it be to a new office, a hospital room, or an army recruiter's. Spend some time on how the character is feeling while turning the doorknob. What do they see? What do they hear?

Have fun!


FYI, for anyone who's interested, I have "The Obeservation Deck", and it's helpful when you're trying to shake things up or come up with new ideas. Especially good when you're completely stuck.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Writing Prompt, January 8, 2013

People gather together for a common cause: to fight disease, injustice, or increase awareness. The photo below, for instance, was taken at a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For today's Flash Fiction Writing Prompt, write about someone who is trying to organize a group of people for a specific cause. Write about their challenges, the day of the event, or the accolades / criticisms they receive, and how it all affects them.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Writing Prompt, January 7, 2013

Times Square: the flashiest, hustling-est, bustling-est place on earth. It's a must-see for tourists; a sea of people cross the street every time the traffic lights change, day or night.

For today's writing prompt, write about someone's first visit to a big city; or if your perspective is decidedly more rural, write about a city girl's or city boy's first visit to the country. What's the first thing they discover, smell, hear? Have fun!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Writing Prompt, January 4, 2013

I took this picture in early December, thinking how really plain and uninteresting these wreaths looked when they weren't on someone's door, festooned with bows and other decorations.

For today's writing prompt, think about things that look bland in one context and exciting in another. For instance, an empty house vs a lived-in one; a dead python vs a live python (scary!); an empty hospital room before or after someone's been there.

Write about the contrast between the two situations and how that contrast affects your characters.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Writing Prompt, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, again, and welcome back after my Holiday Hiatus!

This is a photo of a chocolate-mocha martini that I made last year. If memory serves, it consists of Godiva chocolate liquor, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka. I think I shaved some white chocolate on top, and there may have been a splash of cream. If you would like to re-create it, I hope you like it! I thought it was good...but that's not the point.

I created it because some friends were chatting online, and it was part of a challenge of sorts. Never one to leave a tossed gauntlet laying on the ground, I happily picked it up and filled it with a martini.
For today's writing prompt, write about a situation where someone responds to a challenge. It can be from friends or foes, and it can be simple or soul-shattering. You decide. Have fun!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

As you can see, I've taken off a bit of time for the holidays. I would have posted something, but instead of simply arriving, the holidays seemed to have attacked! An unexpected usurpation of my time happened, but now I'm back! 

I'm going to take a day to get all of my 2013 ducks in a row, and we'll be back tomorrow with new writing prompts, and I have a story that was cooking in December that needs a nip and tuck before it's ready for public consumption.

In the meantime, I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and may you truly have the best of all years!\