Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Welcome to Friday – also known as Day 3 of the prosecution in the president’s impeachment trial.

What fun!

If you had told me months ago that I’d be spending time glued to coverage of the trial in the Senate, I’d have called you crazy (and maybe suggested therapy).

And yet, here I am, spending far too much time with the dial tuned to the news.  I’m sure the Hallmark channel is devastated by my current lack of viewership.  Hopefully their WinterFest will survive without me.  The fate of democracy, however, isn’t quite so secure.

With the trial in recess for the night, it’s time for me to do some work on my To Do list.  First up is giving today’s writing prompt and/or random words a try.

Care to join me?

For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.

If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope today’s random words and writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.


What if: “Your character makes an unfortunate discovery?

Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:

collar               gum            confidence    assassination

flawless          pill               cardio              dart

strange           tiny              balance          coat

hollow             bayonet      affair              guidebook

I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments.  If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts.  Ideas are always welcome.

Happy writing to all!

6 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

  1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the impeachment trial, Elizabeth! I can just about hear you holler at the TV all the way to my house. 🙂

    And here’s my sprint, inspired by my cousin’s dream, in which I had an affair with Harry Potter.

    The Apprenticeship Program
    Bijou Flawless inspected her poison dart. Its tiny hollow point was filled with fluid. Its balance appeared to be perfect. So what could account for its strange behavior? This was the kind of thing the guidebooks never told you about.

    She had missed the collar on the last target, just simply lost her confidence, so she was determined to qualify for the assassination squad. She had the cardio training for it, as well as the trench coat, and the bosses had assured her she was ready for this affair.

    But now the poison dart wasn’t working. Bijou chomped her gum, thinking about her options. She had fifteen minutes to get the job done. Should she switch to an overdose of pills? Probably not quick enough. Stab the target with a bayonet?

    Nothing seemed perfect.

    Bijou put down the poison dart. Just because she’d always wanted to be an international assassin didn’t mean she actually had to kill someone. The apprentice program had a lot of choices. Spy. Cat burglar. Con person.

    Or baker. Forget the assassin business and the poison darts. Cupcakes.

    That was the ticket.

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