What if you could perform miracles? What would you do with this amazing talent? How do you think people would react to this newfound gift? I am currently reading The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott and in his novel, his protagonist Ava discovers she has healing powers. What kind of gift would your protagonist have?
Describe life before his/her gift; how the gift is discovered and what happens next. Be creative and have some fun!
I just reading The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore. It’s book five in the I am Number Four Series. One great thing about this series is that although I just finished book five it doesn’t feel like it’s dragging on. There are lots of new developments building up and it’s really exciting. There are a few surprises of course and yes we are left with another cliffhanger.
In this book Four and his friends have to deal with the betrayal of one of their friends. Eight is dead and Marina is grieving his loss. Ella is now being held captive by of the Mogadorians. The remaining Garde members team up with Adam, a young Mogadorian who has switched sides and teamed up with them to fight his people and keep them from destroying Earth. The stakes are getting higher and so is the excitement. I think you’re really going to enjoy this one!
I just read a book called The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg. The novel centers of the lives of several young girls in Afghanistan who live their lives as boys until they become teenagers. When these girls become teenagers they are required to get married and start families. The book focused on how poorly women in Afghanistan are treated and how equal rights for woman, even the right to choose who she wants to marry or when she wants to go is outlawed.
What if you had a character living under these conditions? What would her life be? Would she stay and endure it or would she try to escape it? Your story doesn’t have to center in Afghanistan, in fact you can create a world of your own. I know this prompt is different than my other prompts which verge of fantasy but sometimes I find centering stories on realistic situations makes them more compelling.
I just finished reading The Death Cure by James Dashner. Wow! It was an action-filled ending to this great trilogy. In this novel the survivors of the Maze and Scorch Trials find themselves captured by WICKED but now WICKED wants to help them regain their memories. Thomas is too afraid to remember his part in the experiment not that he has become friends with Minho and the other survivors.
There’s lot of violence and brutality as zoombie-like beings kill the last survivors on the human race. Even when things are falling apart WICKED still fights to capture Thomas finish the trials. Great reading.
Write about where this path takes you.
I love this gate. The heavy metal. The ornate pattern. What a poem or story about where walking through this gate brings you.
Write a story about this place. Why is your character there? what secrets does this place hold. Remember Bella and Edward often met in the forest. The forest was a place where he was able to privately reveal his true self. In Shiver the forest was where the wolves lived. This place could be an interesting setting for a story. What’s your story?
I found these steps in the forest. Write a story about where these steps lead. Is is a hidden city in the forest? Or maybe an ancient city filled with secrets? be creative and have some fun.
Here’s a writing competition that was posted on the Funds For Writers website. Good luck!
30 BELOW STORY AND POETRY CONTEST
$22 ENTRY FEE.
Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. First prize $1,500. Second prize $750. Third prize $300. Ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prizewinners and finalists will be announced in Narrative. All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week. Works of prose and of poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. Deadline November 15, 2014.
Write about a character who has a flaw and a problem.
What does your character want and what or who is standing i your character’s way?
Use dialog and dialect to reveal information about your character. Why not try to write this exercise as a monologue. Describe how the character moves, stands, then write the dialogue.