Friday Prompt 3/25

Whoops! Missed last week, sorry about that.

Welcome to week three. Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating. If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments, or send me an e-mail or mention on twitter.

This week’s prompt: Vividly describe a setting, real or imagined, using the lens of character, but don’t make it obtrusive.

Here are the rules:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!
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Friday Prompt 3/11

I’m offering writing prompts every Friday, from various sources around the ‘net and possibly from clutter of my mind. The idea is simple: get you and me writing something. I love prompts because they can move and the words flowing on the page. Welcome to week two! Please share/tweet/RT/etc and post a comment if you are participating! If you want to share, you can! Just post it in the comments 🙂

This week’s prompt: Write about a man, Joe, sitting somewhere with a girl Jane. Where do they sit? What are they doing? Do they know each other? Why are they there?

Here are the rules:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the week to write!

Friday Prompt 3/4

So I thought I’d start offering writing prompts, from various sources around the ‘net and possibly from clutter of my mind. The idea is simple: get you writing something (and possibly me too). I love prompts because its gets ideas moving and the words flowing on the page.

Here are the rules:

  • 1000 words or less (don’t want to spend too much time, now do ya?)
  • Must follow/incorporate prompt/idea into the story.
  • You have the weekend to write!

If you’d like, you can post a comment with your prompt response, or submit a link to your blog. Please tell me if you like the idea, and if you are participating (tweeting this would be excellent)!

This week’s prompt: Take any character you have and throw them into an entirely unfamiliar setting. What do they see? What do they do first? You can include new characters for them to talk to (this can be the same world or a new world).

Trouble in Paradise

After being sick and completely not writing (or doing anything other than getting well) for a week, I’ve finally started up again. I’ve been having some trouble though, and not just before I got sick. I’d write about 200-400 words and then the scene would be done, finished nothing more. I kept wracking my brain to get more out of these (what I deemed) paltry sequences of events. NOthing would come, and the characters refused to give better performances.

It took me some time, but I finally realized today why these scenes in particular give me trouble. Transitions. Yup, nasty, unwanted scenes that move the story bit by bloody bit closer to something meaningful. Even my characters hate them with a passion. “Why are you putting me in this room to look at it? Nothing happens!” to which I told her “Remember, you’ve just been transformed, have huge amounts of memory loss, and the whole world is now new to you.” She crossed her arms and hasn’t talked much since then. I don’t blame here. These scenes aren’t interesting, or fun for her (and not much for me). Perhaps I’ll coax more life or distill them into something less later on in the process.

My goal? Crank out as many of these horrid, dreaded sequences as I can and move on. She’ll be happy, I’ll be happy. It’s a win-win situation.