Writing Prompts

July 1st, 2009 • Kate

promptHad a bit of a crazy day, and having realized as I was on my way out to a vet appointment for the office puppies that I hadn’t posted yet today, I asked on Twitter what I should talk about. One of my followers mentioned kt literary client Trish Doller’s recent tapir story (seen here), and it got me thinking about writing prompts again. I’ve mentioned Laini Taylor‘s Sunday Scribblings blog before; another great one that a friend of mine uses is 100 Word Stories.

So let’s have another contest for the holiday weekend, shall we? I’m going to list three phrases below. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one and write something based on it, however you want to interpret “based on.” It can be a scene, a poem, a song, a short story, whatever length you want — although I’m going to assume no one’s going to be a writing a full novel! And to make this more of a community effort, and tie it in with a more common theme on this blog, I want you to write it on YOUR BLOG or website, and comment below with the “hook” for your story, and a link to it.

The better the hook (a one line summary of your piece that entices me to read more), the more traffic you’ll drive to your site, and perhaps we’ll all find a new blogger we enjoy reading! You’ll have until Sunday Monday to write, post, and add a comment here with a link. On Monday Tuesday, I’ll read all the pieces, and pick one winner of a book from the kt literary stable of brilliantly talented authors, winner’s choice. Got it?

Without further ado, your prompts:

– I didn’t expect to actually go swimming…
– As American as apple pie…
– The heat from the grill made it seem a mirage…

Have fun!

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19 Responses to “Writing Prompts”

  1. Rebecca (Fie Eoin) Says:

    I'm going to try it, but I'll be at the grandfolks all weekend so I wont be able to get the post up until Monday. I don't suppose you would be able to extend the contest a day? Maybe I can get something up tomorrow evening.

  2. Susan Says:

    Here's my writing from the prompt "As American as apple pie." I suppose it's a "scene" but really it's just a memory. And not a very fourth-of-Julyish one, either!


  3. Walter Thurman Says:

    Long time lurker; first time poster.

    The Generalissimo vs. Harrods cheese Danish: my effervescent counterpart and I try our luck with a cheese Danish on the other side of the pond.


  4. Ryan Field Says:

    Hook: Sienna Harrington bakes the most delicious apple pies in Mt. Desert, Maine, then she gives them secret healing powers that can relax and calm your nerves, make the most negative person in the world begin to feel positive, and sometimes cure your physical problems.


    This is an excerpt from a new novel I'm working on and I'm curious about whether or not it works. The book is a paranormal romance, it's PG rated, and one of the characters has a "gift" for baking apple pies. So when I saw the apple pie prompt, I figured I'd give it a shot. Keep in mind, this has only been edited once and the book is a WIP 🙂

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  6. Robyn Drizzle Says:

    She had to go swimming to clean her feet of ashes, to try and clean her soul of secrets.


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  8. Karen Says:

    Hook: When Eric’s father grounds him, he finds something that makes him forget all about the heat, cutting the grass, and even the possibility of not having his freedom until he’s old enough to have grandkids.


  9. Linda Says:

    Hook: Crowd shy Amanda agrees to accompany her friend to the market but gets more than she bargained for.


  10. Amy Lynn Sonnichsen Says:

    Fifteen-year-old Taylor is about to find out there's more to Italian Speedos than meets the eye.

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  11. Stephanie W. Says:

    It was freezing that February, like most, and there was a pool . . .


  12. Shelly Quade Says:

    This young male narrator experiences a rite of passage – one that is cold and sweet, like apple pie a la mode:


  13. Alex M. Says:

    It isn't always easiest to make lemons out of lemonade, but at the end you have something delicious to drink, or in this case an unforgettable life experience.


  14. Ana Says:

    Nightly conversations around a watering hole turn into a life lesson and an experience no one will forget.


  15. ChristaCarol Says:

    Levi's got the charm, the looks and the right amount of naughty to get Jess into illegal sorts of trouble when the heat is sweltering by the grill-side.


  16. Roberto Says:

    Canadian immigrant Jordan is insulted to be compared to a certain pastry dish. Perturbed, he sets out to debunk the great myth.

  17. Rebecca (Fie Eoin) Says:

    Holly could see the creature as plainly as those nights in November when it stalked her. The Manticore. And this time there was no Phooka to save her.


    (If you want to skip the sticky and the description just click on the link at the bottom of the post to get to the LJ and the full story)

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