1. Begin writing with the line: “Nothing ever happens on dark and stormy nights anymore.”
2. Write a scene about buttons. See where it takes you.
3. Start your story from the perspective of someone who intimidates you.
Sometimes, getting started writing is all about getting past thinking about what a good story might be and just picking up the pen. Here are a few prompts that have helped me get started.
1. Choose a random book from your shelf and open it to page 10. Select the the first sentence at the top of the page and start writing.
2. Go out for a walk around the block and take note of everything you see. Write for ten minutes about one thing that interests you.
3. Begin your scene with the words “Everyone knows that…”
I don’t know about you, but when I’m stumped for a story idea, sometimes it is fun to imagine a situation out of a few odd items. I once started a free write using the words “bird, aerosol and Persia” and got the better part of a novel (yet to be finished) out of it. It’s exciting to see what develops when you aren’t trying to think of THE BEST IDEA EVER. Isn’t it funny how the most strange and wonderful stories can float out of us when we are doing the dishes, tramping through the woods…skydiving…or any other sane (or insane) activities during the day? What characters might come into the picture based on the scenario that unfolds? Sometimes it is best to let your imagination take over and see what it provides for you.
Here are today’s story starters:
1. Write a scene that involves a diamond, a blow torch and a pair of old stockings.
2. Write a list of all the terrible things that could possibly happen to a character. Now write the scene.
3. Begin with the sentence “We were supposed to be in this together.”
See where it takes you! Feed your muse!
Write a story that begins with the phrase “We’re in this together, right?”
One of the best parts of writing has always been the imagined places that result from hours of scribbling on papers. Stepping away from the writing desk sometimes feels like a good rest, when I know that I’ve written something that I care about. Never mind whether the grammar is correct or whether or not the plot makes sense (that will come). Sometimes, some of the best stories that I have written (and gone on to publish) have come from story starters and prompts. There are lots of excellent books that provide some fun and interesting prompts, but as an experiment, I’ve decided to create and share a new writing prompt every week on Wednesday, just to see what comes out of them.
Join me, if you like and we’ll see where this new adventure takes us.
1. Write a scene including the words guidebook, lurk, artlessness, ocean & book.
What sorts of prompts do you find lead to your best stories? If you use prompts for freewriting or other writing adventures, how often do you use them?