Saturday, October 31, 2009

Festival Week #6

Prompt:
If you could create a haunted house, what would you include? Try to write as if the reader was actually walking through the haunted house, and create dramatic visual images.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Festival Week #5

Prompt:
Write about your favorite Halloween (or similar holiday) costume from your childhood. Why did you want to dress up as that character? What made the costume great?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Festival Week #4

Prompt:
If you could have anything, what would be the ultimate Trick or Treat prize? NO candy, but keep it within the Trick or Treat tradition.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Festival Week #3

Prompt:
Write about a childhood memory at a carnival or festival. Stick to what you remember, then re-write the piece later with more fictionalized embellishments. What did you tweak? Why? What did it add to your piece?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Festival Week #2

Prompt:
Write a piece about circus clowns from several perspectives:
1) the clown(s)
2) a child's/ children's
3) an adult's
4) a non-human character (the lion in the booth to the right anyone?)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Festival Week #1

This week will deal with all things festival, country fair, carnival, and mardi gras!

Prompt:
Write a scene full of polka dots, stripes, and bright colors... that is NOT set in a festival.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Farm-ward Bound

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around a farm, or write a piece that has a main character straight off the farm.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Defy Boundaries

Prompt:
Write a poem/song about unrequited love from the perspective of an 50+ person. (Can be the object of the love, or the person who loved, or an observer, or whoever! Have fun)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Simple Character by Chaotic Shiny Gen

Prompt:
I was poking around Chaotic Shiny Generator, and found this character description:

He has a number of scars and ashen skin. He likes tortured pasts and spicy food. He is creative and not very competent. His favourite sin is gluttony.

Write an expanded character profile/bio (approx. 500 words), and a short introductory scene (approx. 5oo words).



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Deal or No Deal

Prompt:
If you made a Faustian bargain, what would you do with that power? Can you take any of those desires and recognize valuable literary themes to include in your work(s)?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Imitation

Prompt:
Write a scene/poem/piece completely in the style of your favorite author.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Repete

Prompt:
Write a piece that begins and ends with exactly the same sentence. Must be less than 1000 words.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Recountre

Prompt:
Write about your earliest childhood memory.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Three Objects Week #7

Prompt:
Write a piece centered around chalk, a sprinkler system, and a palm tree.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Three Objects Week #6

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around lace, a video game, and a hockey stick.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Three Objects Week #5

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around fruit gummies, the TV , and window curtains.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Three Objects Week #4

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around a pearl necklace, a gun, and a handkerchief.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Three Objects Week #3

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around a cell phone, a phonograph, and a (unnamed technology of the future).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Three Objects Week #2

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around a book, a bell, and a bracelet.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Three Objects Week #1

This week will have you write any sort of piece that centers around three random (and sometimes bizarre) objects.

Prompt:
Write a piece that centers around a rubber ball, iced tea, and kleenex tissues.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #7

Prompt:
What is your character's favorite self-indulgent/guilty pleasure movie? Book? Other?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #5

Prompt:
What would be your character's last-minute, go-to Halloween costume, the one worn every year?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #4

Prompt:
Today spend around 30 minutes surfing the internet for pictures of your characters- try for less-known celebrities as well as up-and-comers. Base your decisions on physical traits rather than roles played, although personality can be a (small-ish) factor.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #3

Prompt:
What is your character's favorite band? Favorite song? Can you incorporate it into a scene somehow?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #2

Prompt:
Does your character have a favorite outfit? Be specific. Don't just say a dress, but say a black silk halter dress. Don't just say t-shirts and jeans, but say Levi's 501 and a Kiss concert shirt. Give background. Is the dress a gift? Was the concert tee actually from the concert, or ordered online but passed off as the real thing?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Get to Know Your Character Week #1

This week is going to be full of prompts centered around character development in fiction. Hopefully this will spark new scenes and greater familiarity with your star.

Prompt:
Does your character have any self-delusions? Are they destructive? Are they helpful? What purpose does this delusion serve?

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Art of Correspondance

Prompt:
Write a letter to an English or creative writing professor/ teacher that has helped. inspired, or motivated your writing in a significant manner. Tell that person how you see that influence continued today, and how it has affected your writing style and/or career. If you want to go that extra step, actually send the letter to the professor/teacher, if applicable.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Logophile

Prompt:
Find a really rich, evocative word from the dictionary that you didn't previously understand. Write a piece centered on this word, but match the genre/plot/tone match the nature of the word.