When the story isn’t moving, some writers use story prompts. With NaNoWriMo in full swing, it seemed like a good time to compile some here (and then attach them to my bulletin board to use for the next two weeks).
- False appearance: _______ was/were not what it/he/she seemed.
- Regrets: If only I/he/she/they had/hadn’t __________.
- The lemon: your character buys a new _________ and discovers it has terrible problems.
- 3 unrelated things: identify 3 unrelated things and write a story about it, like small engine repair, a butterfly collection, and designer boots.
- Google: type “Images” into a search engine and choose an image to write about.
- Weird news: Google “weird headlines” and write the story that goes with it. “Woman Attacks Man With Bowl of Spaghetti.” “Computer Virus Spreads to Humans.” “Stolen Clowns Found Stuffed in Car.”
And note on weird news – when the Internet was blowing up on Monday with stories about the violence in Paris and the tragedy of it all, this showed up on my local news station: “Pastafarian allowed to wear colander for license photo.” I get free speech, but something about a story on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster didn’t seem to fit with the other news of the day (I hope I haven’t offended any Pastafarians).
- First lines:
• This time her boss went too far.
• “Did you hear that?”
• “Hello. My name is ___________.”
• This is a fine time for the fire alarm to go off.
- Problem: Locked in the attic, leg is broken, car won’t start.
Have a go at some of these if you get stuck or add some here (please).