Writing Prompt: Shhh!

Your character is very tired and the normally quiet neighbor is playing really loud music. Does your character go over to ask to turn the music down? What does s/he find if s/he does. If s/he tries to ignore it, how? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future…

Writing Prompt: Downhill All the Way

Your main character is asked to go skiing by a new love interest. S/he doesn’t want to admit s/he’s never been skiing. What does s/he do? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via email.   

Writing Prompt: The Late-night Knock

Late at night the doorbell rings. Your character looks out the window and sees no one, so goes about getting ready for bed.  Just as your character is drifting off to sleep, it rings again. What does your character to?   If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future…

Writing Prompt: Snow banked

Your character’s car gets stuck in a snowbank on a deserted stretch of road. The weather is bad and getting worse. No help is coming, even with a call to 911. What does your character do to survive?   If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via…

Writing Prompt: The Gift

What is the one gift your character really wanted for Christmas? What did s/he get instead? What are the consequences? I hope this and all of your holidays are filled with things that matter most. And, in the years that holidays are difficult or heartbreaking, remember that next year is an opportunity to write a…

Writing Prompt: Stop Clock

At midnight Eastern time, and simultaneously around the world at the respective time, all clocks stop. Why? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via email.   

Writing Prompt: Time to meet the family

A couple has been dating for almost a year when one of them finally decides the other can meet his or her family. Why was the family kept such a secret? What happens when they meet? (In my mind, this could go in so many directions–comedy, horror, melodrama.) If you enjoyed this post, look around,…

Writing Prompt: Flash Flood Warning!

Your character is on his or her way home from work. A torrential rain is flooding roads and cars getting trapped everywhere. The character’s children are home alone. What does he or she do to get to the children? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via…

Writing Prompt: …the meteor

A meteor streaks across the sky and then brightens the horizon behind a stand of trees. What does your character find when s/he investigates? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via email.   

Writing Prompt: The Last Minute Cancel

Your character wants to cancel on an obligation. Maybe it’s work or helping someone move or helping sneak kittens safely out of enemy territory. Whatever the obligation—what lie does he or she make up to get out of it? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via…