Why prompts? I love writing exercises. They push me a little bit, get me out of my standard train of thought, but I don't feel that I need to write anything more than a snippet at a time. If they lead to a short story, good. If they don't--so what? They're fun, they can help work out knots in one's main WIP, develop a skill that needs a little work, and I never feel my time is wasted on them.
So there are three more weeks in February.
Here are 9 prompts:
- A character out of place, new to a city/town/time/planet
- Describe, in detail, a single room in a manner that conveys the emotional state of the POV character.
- Enemies, alone, trapped in a situation where neither can kill each other or do one another any real harm--what happens?
- Construct a scene with dialogue alone, that still gives a sense of setting/place.
- Action scene with an unskilled main character, out of depth
- Escape from a magical institution (temple, school, estate) by a non-magical character
- Best friends learn something about each other that could change the nature of their relationship, and cannot tell each other what they know, while in a situation forced to interact socially (either privately, or in public).
- Magical being loses ability and is forced to live among humans--but telling the story from the perspective from an unsuspecting human.
- Princess in a tower: refuses to believe she deserves the imprisonment, but she does (the POV of a villain! hard for me).
I will also be open to any prompts you might have for me for March.