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!

window-731282_1280
Who is this person and what is their story?

The Abandoned House…Writing Exercise…

Use the photo below as a writing prompt but there’s a catch…I want you to write from the house’s point of view! Describe the things that the house has seen over the years. This exercise will be a bit tougher but it will open you up to a different point of view and will get the creative juices flowing. Have fun and happy writing!

house-984648_1280

 

Dialogue and Death…

Great dialogue usually comes from two things: inside knowledge of your characters and tons of revisions and rewriting.

Each character has to be unique and must have their own voice. Be sure that all of your characters sound different from eachother and ensure that there is a consistency in their voice. For example, Dumb characters don’t suddenly become intelligent unless something happens, like they go to university or acquire magical powers etc. If all of the sudden your dumb character starts quoting Shakespeare for no reason, your reader will be confused. With speaker tags like “he exclaimed,” “she pronounced,” and “he spoke angrily” are totally unnecessary and possibly even distracting.

Death: Think about all of the novels you’ve read. In how many did a character die? Most of the greatest stories often involve death. , The Hunger Games, Harry Potter Charlotte’s WebWhere the Red Fern Grows, and so many more all had main characters who died. Death is universal because one day everyone will die…I guess you could always write about taxes instead.

Old Grave

 

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…

fog-1208290_1280
Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out. 

 

Writing Exercise…

Write a story based on the image below:

  • How did these people get here? Plane crash? Climbing expedition?
  • Are they waiting to be rescued? How long have they been waiting?
  • Is there hope in sight/do they get rescued? Are these people going to have to result to cannibalism?
  •  How will they preserve themselves/survive? What supplies do they have? Do they have any supplies?

Enjoy this, it should be a really fun exercise that pushes your imagination to the limit!

17924984256_4c2881340e_o.jpg

 

Bonus Exercise…What if…

I was inspired on my run this morning by something I saw so I’ve decided to throw down another writing exercise for everybody.

Imagine that you are running on a trail and you come across a box. The box says Do Not Open…what do you do? Write a short story on this and make sure you answer the following questions:

  • What does the box look like? Describe the features and describe how old you think it is? What is the box made of? How big or small is it?
  • Where were you when you found it? Describe the weather and setting
  • Did you open the box? If yes, what was inside? If no, why not?
  • What did you do after you opened or didn’t open the box?
  • Does the box contain magical powers? Does it contain something valuable? Is it empty?
  • Where do you think the box came from?
  • How did the box end up on the running trail?

Lots of good ideas here to get started on your story!

treasure-chest-619762_1280