Writing Prompt

January 15, 2015

Writing Prompt: Everyone Has A . . .

“Everybody’s got a water buffalo. Yours is fast, but mine is slow. Oh where’d we get them, I don’t know, but everybody’s got a water buffalo-oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! ” – From Silly Songs With Larry, Veggie Tales I was a child when I first heard this silly, and very short song, but it got stuck in my…

January 8, 2015

Writing Prompt: The Movie Version

Today’s prompt is non-fiction with a twist. I want you to think about something that has happened to you recently. It should be a pretty minor event, but not too minor. Perhaps your dog had puppies, or you had to babysit a stranger’s child for an hour. Nothing life changing. If you want it can…

December 29, 2014

Writing Prompt: Running

I want you to write a short story or a scene where your character is running the whole time. That is the only thing that the story or scene must contain – a main character running. Why that character is running is up to you. How well they run is also up to you. If…

December 11, 2014

Writing Prompt: Down The Rabbit Hole

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the most famous children books in the world. Even if you have not read the book you have most likely seen some adaptation or version of it. It is frequently adapted and highly influential. Like many other children’s books, the plot hinges on the character…

December 4, 2014

Writing Prompt: Big World

For this writing prompt, I want you to imagine that you are very small. As small as a mouse. Now you don’t actually have to be a mouse, you could imagine yourself to be a miniature version of yourself. Or you could imagine yourself to be a mouse. The size difference is what matters most…

December 1, 2014

Writing Prompts: Travel Tales

This week’s writing prompt is to write about an experience one had while traveling. I don’t mean that I want you to write about about the trip you took, the planes you flew on, or the weird buses you had to take, or the fancy hotel you stayed at. I want you to write about…

November 29, 2014

Writing Prompt: Translate This

This is a writing prompt I encountered several times in graduate school. The task is to take a poem in a language you do not understand and “translate it”. I don’t mean look every word on google or try to use babble fish (a translation site). I just want you to read this poem in…

November 16, 2014

Writing Prompt: The Adventures of Clarinata

Many authors spend hours, days, even weeks trying to figure out what to name their characters. One author who is a friend of mine, told me that it was much harder to name his main character in his first novel than it was to name his first child. I doubt it takes most people that…

October 30, 2014

Writing Prompt: Not A Dream

Whenever I encounter dreams posing as reality at the beginning of TV shows or movies, or embedded into books, I am always frustrated. It is not as if I do not find dreams interesting, they are, but I hate how they can lead you in the wrong direction as an audience member or a reader….

Writing Prompt: Poem Around A Word

Everyone has a favorite word, or words. They are ones that easily come to mind and that we use a lot, generally. Although occasionally the word is one you really like but is not particularly useful, like Parabola or cloisonné. I want you to pick one of those words that belong to the second category….

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