I returned just three days ago from a month-long road trip. (Move over, Ken Kesey, you got nothin’ on me!) I had a great time, but all the while I was gone, I didn’t turn on the computer. I didn’t touch my manuscript. I made no progress whatsoever, and I didn’t think about my book at all. I don’t feel guilty about it, and now that I’m back, I don’t feel motivated, either. I’m still in fun mode.
So for this post, so I looked around and found an irresistible contest. Sponsored by The Write Practice, the “The Second Annual Wacky Writing Prompt Scavenger Hunt” promises fun, games, and fabulous prizes, including a new Moleskine notebook, a red Swingline stapler, or a pair of rubber gloves.
To participate in the Wacky Writing Prompt Scavenger Hunt, all you have to do is write a story (preferably in 500 words or less) that includes all 10 of the selected prompts—and what prompts they are. Here you go:
- To find the first sentence of your story: Take the fourth book from the right off of the second shelf of your bookshelf. On page 89, fourth sentence from the top, is the first sentence of your story. (If it is a blank page, keep going until you find a page with type.)
- What you ate for dinner last night is what the main character ate for breakfast. (If there are no leftovers, your character has to eat a burnt piece of toast.)
- The conflict in the story is what is in the glove compartment of your car. If you don’t have a car, then the conflict is whatever shoes you are wearing right now. Your other option: your protagonist wants the last item you purchased.
- Your protagonist is wearing whatever is hanging in your closet, second item from the left. If you hate what is hanging second from the left, your character may wear whatever clothes are in your laundry hamper. If you just did laundry and you don’t have any dirty clothes, then have a bunny rabbit onesie, with feet.
- The protagonist’s hair color is the color of your dishes. If you don’t have any dishes, then their hair color is the color of your toothbrush.
- The protagonist will use whatever is in your mailbox to win their conflict. If there is nothing in your mailbox, then your protagonist will use a bag of cat litter to win their conflict.
- Use the word “pizza,” “tomato,” or “stapler” at least once in your story. If you don’t like those, turn to page 58, or the page number of your age, in your dictionary, look in the left-hand column, and use the fifth word from the top.
- The antagonist has the same name as the last person you sent a text to. If you don’t text, then the last person you spoke to. If you never speak to anyone, use your mother’s first name.
- The location is the opening scene of the book on the bottom shelf of your bookcase, third from the bottom right. If you have more than one bookcase, choose the bookcase closest to your bathroom.
- You will get help to resolve your conflict with a pair of rubber gloves.
To be entered for the silly prizes, post your silly stories in the comments section here. Stories are due by Monday, September 19. On Tuesday, September 20, contest organizers will choose three random participants to win a new a new Moleskine notebook, a red Swingline stapler, or a pair of rubber gloves.
You don’t have much time! Those rubber gloves could be yours. So get cracking. And have a fun, silly, vacation-like day.