Picture Prompt…Wolf Pack

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Write a short story based on the image above. Be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Where are the wolves?
  • How did they get there?
  • What are they looking at?
  • Describe the setting
  • Describe each wolf and their unique personality
  • Write from their point of view
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Mysterious Stranger…Writing Prompt

The writing prompt for today will explore both FICTION and NON-FICTION. It’s fun to mix real life with fiction isn’t it? Sometimes I like to sit in Starbucks or the mall and watch people, I like to make up stories about them and what their lives are like. Try this the next time you’re out and about.

Everybody loves a mysterious strangers and there is inspiration everywhere! A cute barista, an old man complaining at the bank, the eccentric woman who sits on the park bench every Wednesday afternoon in her cat pajamas (if you see this woman it’s probably me) . Think of an interesting stranger you’ve seen around and develop a story.

Be sure to use dialogue,gestures, mannerisms and ways of speaking. Don’t spend much time on physical descriptions. Focus on showing the inner conflict of your muse through their actions and words. Have fun and as always, Happy Writing!

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Who is this person and what is their story?

Story Starters!..

Pick a line from below to start your short story. A lot of great ideas here!

He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her…

He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts, too alive perhaps…

He had waited twenty years to return it…

Under normal circumstances he would speak his mind, but, not now, with a gun against his head…

He had enjoyed ten years of being totally irresponsible…

She had found something that would mean she’d never be poor again – but there was a catch…

Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out…

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Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out. 

 

Writing Exercise…Escape from a murderer

Today’s exercise is all about murder. I know, it’s not a very flowery, fun topic but I can guarantee that it will make you think outside of the box. I want you to write a short piece about your escape from a murderer…be sure to include:

  • Where you are being held
  • How you got there
  • Describe what is around you, sights, smells, sounds
  • Describe the murderer, what do they look like, smell like, sound like
  • Describe how you feel
  • Describe how you are going to escape
  • Describe the escape
  • Are there any other people, is anyone with you
  • Do you escape or are you recaptured
  • Is the killer caught or still at large after your escape

Good luck with this and have fun! Use your imagination and write something inspiring!

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Writing Prompt…

The writing prompt for today is the picture below. Use it as inspiration for your story and be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Is your main character the guy with the crow bar?
  • Is your main character the person in contact with the guy with the crow bar?
  • Why does this person have a crow bar?
  • Where does this scene take place? What is the setting?
  • How did we get to this point? Was it a blown tire or did the car break down in a bad part of town?

You get the point-Describe the setting, the scene and the characters. Be sure to include lots of dialogue and pick a point of view that we talked about during yesterday’s post.

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It’s All About Point of View…

Let’s talk about point of view for this writing exercise, but first things first-what exactly is Point of View?

Point of view refers to the way the author allows you to see and hear what’s going on it the novel, book, short story or manuscript. We’ll focus on four main points of view:

    • First-person point of view is in use when a character narrates the story with I-me-my-mine. The reader is sitting beside the character and is viewing the world through the eyes of that character. The reader experiences the world through the eyes of only one person.
    • Second-person point of view, the author uses your and you, this is rare; authors rarely speak directly to the reader. If you do happen to come across this point of view, you should pay attention because the author is trying to tell you something.  Second-person point of view draws the reader into the story, and makes the reader participate in the action.
    • Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action. This is the most common point of view. The author’s voice, not the character’s voice, is what you hear in the descriptive passages.
    • Objective-point of view is when the narrator is a fly on the wall or a video camera in the corner of the room. The character’s thoughts are never known. Objective point of view is all about watching, listening and observing.

Try writing from a different point of view and step outside of your comfort zone. This allows you to stretch your abilities and who knows, you may actually really like a particular point of view that you had never considered before. Happy Writing!

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Writing Exercise…

Have you ever wondered what your dog, cat, pet, or animal is thinking? I have another blog called thekittycatclan.com where each day I write something called Seabass’ Diary. It’s a daily entry from my evil cat’s point of view and chronicles his adventures in trying to take over the world. It’s super fun to write and people love to read it!

Today’s exercise is writing from an animal’s point of view. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Wolf or wolf pack
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Wild animal
  • Mythological creature
  • Half human half animal creature
  • Squirrel
  • Snake
  • Eagle or Hawk
  • Tiger or Exotic animal

What do they see? How do they hunt? Who are friends in the pack? Who are enemies? What kind of adventures do they get in? Do they ever find themselves in scary situations? Can they speak? Do they speak to eachother or to humans? Are they self sufficient or depend on others to survive? Where do they live? What part of the world do they live in? Did something give them super or special powers to transform themselves into something different? Etc.

Have fun with this and happy writing!

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We gazed out onto the horizon and soaked in the light of the moon. We would soon transform into something evil…something we couldn’t control.