Writing Prompt: Neighbor War

Living among people isn’t always easy for us as writers. People do plenty of rude things that irritate those of us trying to think. Here’s your chance to imagine your revenge. 🙂 The Writing Exercise Your character has tried to tactfully let a neighbor know that they have been rude (think: barking dog, spilled garbage,…

Writing Prompt: Dilemma

Your main character is faced with a dilemma: betray a confidence and perhaps lose a friend or stand by and wait for a friend to make what s/he believes is a horrible mistake. What does your character do? What is his or her thought process to make the decision? What scenarios does she or he…

Writing Prompt: April Fools

It’s that time of year again, and your character wishes to pull a prank. What sort of prank will s/he play? Is it simply an act of fun in the spirit of things — or does s/he harbor darker motives? How long has this “prank” been planned? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or…

Writing Prompt: Gender Rolls

What if your main character awoke one morning the opposite gender? What would change? Would anything necessarily need to? What about personality traits? Would other characters now view the character differently for the same traits? What’s that say about how we write and about our society? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign…

Writing Prompt: The Angry Neighbor

Your neighbor shows up at your door and immediately begins screaming at you…for something you didn’t do. How do you handle it? Does it get physical…comical? Will you need a place to hide the body? If you enjoyed this post, look around, or sign up below ↓ to receive future posts via email.    Image courtesy:…

Writing Prompt: Get Lost!

Your character is driving around lost. Not just a little lost – hopelessly lost. A group of young black men wait for the bus on the corner. A gas station is across a divided highway – hard to reach. Who does s/he ask for directions? Why?   If you enjoyed this post, look around, or…

Writing Prompt: The Vacuum Salesman

Picture a door-to-door salesman. Here is his opening line: “Hello, sir (or madam). I’m Rick. I’m hoping to have a moment of your time to show you the last vacuum you will ever need to buy.” Who answers the door? Does the salesman get in? Is the salesman legit or is he casing the place?…

Writing Prompt: A Little Controversy

Imagine two characters discussing a controversial topic. (Think: abortion, religion, etc.) How does the conversation go if they’re neighbors who act and think alike? (Do they admit things they wouldn’t in mixed company?) How does the conversation change if the exchange happens in a doctor’s office or similar place by chance, but they have differing…

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.