Prompt text: Your protagonist is inexplicably terrified of something. What are they afraid of and how are they confronting it?“How do you like your iPad?”The question startled me, and I raised my finger from the screen far earlier than I intended.  On the display the yellow bird flipped impotently to the ground in front of the […]

Prompt text: It is a rainy morning. Imagine the smells, colors, the feeling of the air. At the periphery of vision, surrounded by fog, something emerges. Watch what happens, and write your scene.The alarm shrieked at me for the third time this morning.  Unlike the previous two, I reach for the switch to turn it off […]

Prompt text: Write a scene about two people who disagree, but must find common ground to solve a problem.“Mexican?” Levi offered.Jody shook her head violently.  “You know how bad Santeria made me feel last time we went!”  Even in the dim light of the car, Levi thought Jody’s pale skin seemed to blanch.  “Christ, I spent […]

Prompt text: A character arrives at work to find their chair missing. What happened to it?“The hell is this horseshit?”Chuck had never been taught the concept of an “inside voice” as a child.  Consequently everyone in the department knew what he thought on any topic, whether engaged in conversation with him directly or trying to […]

Prompt text: Describe a memorable event, positive or negative, and how it felt to you, but do not name the feeling. Instead, tell how it felt in your body (damp hands, metallic taste, tight throat, wobbly knees, etc.).Author’s note: Another easy one.T – 7 hours: Get out of bed at Fred’s.  I’m staying at a friend of […]

Prompt text: This is one of Fool’s suggested prompts from last year, and it is simply “the worst childhood memory.” Interpret as you will.Author note: I don’t know if this constitutes the worst, but it is easily one of the first that came to mind.“What should I get next Dad?”“I don’t know, son.  How about […]

Write about someone who is hiding.“Oh shit!”“What?” I asked, looking up.  “You ok?”“For now, but we need to get out of here,” Sylvie hissed.“What’s the problem?”Sylvie sighed.  “You see that blonde that just walked in?”I half turned to my right, feigning looking up at the TV over the bar and then stealing a glance at […]

A drunk man sits down next to you, decides you’re his buddy, and starts confessing “the truth.” Write about what “the truth” is.(Author’s note: any resemblance between character(s) in this story and real people I might be related to/friends with is purely coincidental.  Truly.)“YA know what the truth is?”Oh Christ, this is gonna be fun. […]

You are waiting for a bus. A public phone starts ringing and you answer it. Write down your conversation.I changed it up slightly, given that public phones/payphones hardly exist anymore.The sun beat down on me as I stood waiting for the shuttle bus.  The heat radiated off the sidewalk, and in the back of my […]

List five things that annoy you. Then pick one and write a short scene from the perspective of someone who loves that annoying thing.machismostinginess/cheapnesshypocrisyloudnesstardinessAs Aaron reached to ring the doorbell, Myles checked his watch.  The display read back 2:45 PM.  Behind the door, he could hear the muffled sounds of laughter and cheers, and possibly […]

Take the last line of a poem, story, or book that you love and use it as the first line of your scene.“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”I grimaced slightly at JB’s words, the chips clattering as he raked the pot.  The dealer had begun the process of gathering the […]

So the September Writing Challenge has begun again.  A variety of prompts over the course of the next 30 days, which I need to write at least a short paragraph or two about to try and stay sharp.  Today’s I think is redone from a couple of years ago, but a good one nonetheless.“You are […]

Write a scene in which a character gets exactly what he/she wanted, but it turns out to be unsatisfying.Editor’s note: In trying to catch up on the prompts I missed, looking at this one my last post/submission for prompt 21 it falls under this one as well.  So I’m gonna cheat and call the last […]

Create a character that has an unusual phobia. Write a scene that causes that character to face his fear.Editor’s note: you’re not going to believe this, but this is actually loosely based on a real situation.  Not that I witnessed personally, but while listening to the Pokercast from Two Plus Two they had a guest […]

Write a scene revolving around a kiss.“So can I ask you something?” I offer hesitantly.“What’s that,” she replied with a smile.  We’re standing in the parking lot of the movie theater.  It was our second date, our first having been done over a light bite at a restaurant the week prior.Being the bundle of nerves […]

Your character (or you) stands before a mail box. What happens next?Roger stared blankly at the screen in front of him.  His eyes darted to the upper right corner.  The clock sat unchanged from when he looked seconds before.  “8:34 PM”Roger sighed, and clicked in the dock to bring the solitaire game to the foreground […]

Write a scene or story that uses an animal as an omen (good or bad).Editor’s note: I’m still a little under the weather and beat down by work, but I’ve got at least two brain cells to rub together tonight so I might as try and make some use of them.Getting ready for a date […]

Write a short story or scene entitled “When the Ice Melts.”The month is already half gone, and this group has produced some great writing in the past 15 days. Keep your momentum strong through this weekend – the middle of the month is always the hardest part (at least for me).Editor’s note: I’m actually a […]

Write a list of menu items you would offer to an enemy who came into your restaurant.Editor’s note: Enemies?  Me?  You’re kidding right?  Ok…here we go.“Good evening, sir.  We’re glad you could join us for dinner this evening,” I said with as broad a smile as I could muster.  I had pulled the chair out […]

Write about a noise or a silence that won’t go away.The odd thing is that after a short while, I barely notice it to the point it becomes white noise to me.  Even though that’s entirely contrary to the function it’s supposed to serve.  And it makes me wonder just how differently my brain must […]