Monday, February 20, 2012
Writing Prompt- What you can do with only a few things.
Writers often start out their stories knowing only a few pieces of information. Sometimes you know the plot, sometimes its just a character, maybe you have a piece of dialogue that sparked an idea. So let's take a look at what we can do using these examples:
A girl who has light brown hair, a long scar going down her back and wraps around her left leg. Where did she get it? She holds a shard of a broken mirror in her hand. Using this bit of information, decide where she got the scar from and why/how she has the mirror in her hand. Write a short story or scene using what you came up with.
A boy is racing to make it to a national singing contest before two o' clock in the morning. He holds a key piece of information that could save the contest and some lives or destroy them all. Why is he going to this contest and what information does he have?
A red sky is above you and in the distance you see shapes coming towards you. A harsh, bitter breeze blows past you and the smell of something sweet and burning fills the air. An empty road goes into the distance with only a few trees in sight. Where are you, what is happening, and how did you get here?
You overhear this bit of information, "Well if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be in here. But she says she's too busy with a book to come in. I only agreed to come in for the kid!"
Who's speaking and what is the speaker talking about? Who's the kid and what book does "she" have?
So there are some examples. If you'd like to share in the comments what you came up with, I'd love to know.