Writing Prompt: Brainstorm

A few time this year, I’ve struggled with knowing what to write about. This blog is supposed to help me, but sometime, even this isn’t enough. I tried something random yesterday. I sat on the tube on the way to work reading my Kindle. As I read “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, I suddenly felt the urge to close my eyes and think about things I knew about. They say write what you know, but I worry that what I know can be too revealing, so I write about observations rather than from experience. However, as I sat there, eyelids shut, I began to hone in on a few subjects that unsavoury or no, might be of interest to people. I ran through a series of words and locations, images, memories and people I knew. From that word association in my head came the inspiration for a story, one I mean to write.

Try this, close your eyes and start thinking about what you’ve done in your life, from the trivial to the extraordinary. Throw in a few interesting people in your life. What characteristics are potentially something you can borrow for your characters?

It doesn’t need to make sense or have structure, just write a series of thoughts and use word association to keep going. Have fun, good luck.

One of my favourites…

Pablo Neruda – XVII (I do not love you…)
 

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Writing Prompt: The Bucket List

I’ve been crossing things off my list and I didn’t even realise that there was a load on it I didn’t know where there. I went out and tried falconry for the first time. I held an American Bald Eagle. Next month, I think I’ll try hand gliding. I’m going to take some friends to the Ballet and suffer Phantom of the Opera (yes, I’m falling on my sword and going to a musical).

I’m having some friends over from Scotland and can’t wait to show off London. I want to do so many things.

Just try something simple – write down everything you’ve ever wanted to do. Or….write about achieving something you never expected. Describe in great detail. 🙂

Writing Prompt: Seven Years Bad Luck

I dropped a beautiful tortoise shell antique hand mirror that was a gift and my first reaction was to worry about whether or not I had jinxed myself. Fortunately, when I lifted the mirror, it was undamaged. 

Write a short story about someone who has a terrible run of luck. Try to make it funny as well as tragic. How does the person react to his or her misfortune. How do others react to what is happening?

Writing Prompt: Zombie Attack!

In honour of Halloween, let’s have some fun.

I’ll give you a few keywords, a few settings and a few scenarios. Write a short scene where your character is in that setting, fending off a zombie attack. Make sure you use all of the keywords and feel free to include other characters.

 

Keywords:

zombie

shotgun

spade

sleeping bag

hospital

radio

field

tree

dog

moon

blood

brains

Scene 1: Your character is out running one morning and suddenly find themselves being chased by zombies

Scene 2: Your character is sitting in front of the TV at home watching the news, suddenly, they find out that their town is ground zero of the zombie apocalypse

Scene 3: The invasion has already begun and your character is hunting zombies when suddenly they come across a small groups of survivors.

 

Have fun!

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