Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stretching the Truth Writing Prompts

Giraffe by Martin Pettitt
Giraffe, a photo by Martin Pettitt on Flickr.
"Tell all the truth, but tell it slant." Emily Dickinson

For today's writing prompt, I want you to think of an event that happened in your life (happy or sad) and turn it into fiction. Make it interesting by stretching the truth. Make changes from the original story as you see fit.

Start by free-writing about the first incident that comes to mind, making the changes as you write along. Free-write for 15 minutes.

Then. . .

you can take the fictional situation you started to create and develop it into either a poem or a short story.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Writing Prompts

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Before starting today's creative writing prompts, I would like you to enjoy a little bit of Ireland through this link http://imagesofireland.tripod.com/Antrim_County.htm#Childhood .

1.  After you enjoy the journey to Ireland through the Irish eyes of  Sheelagh's "Childhood Memories in White Park Bay," write a snippet of one of your own childhood memories.   Write for 10 minutes without stopping.

When the time is up, take you idea and turn it into a short memoir or a poem.  Or, if you want to get creative with the true story, change the details and turn it into fiction.

2.  And for another option, spend two minutes writing down everything green you think of starting with things within your vision, then expanding.  After that, pick something from your list and begin to create something from that. 

3.  You may also enjoy last year's St. Patrick's Day creative writing prompts if you haven't already.  Just click http://promptsforwriters.blogspot.com/2011/03/heres-to-ireland.html


Friday, March 9, 2012

Writing Prompts With a Bench

Untitled by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden
Untitled, a photo by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden on Flickr.
For today's free-write prompt, look at the picture and write a scene about a person who comes to sit on this bench. You can put a second person in the scene, too, and add dialogue, or you can focus on one character and write out the details of why he or she is there and what is going through his or her mind today and why.


Respond to this quote:

Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath. -- Lewis Thomas


If you had time to sit on this bench alone today, what would you be thinking about?