It’s fairly easy to let your writing get swept away in the tide of schoolwork or other work. With other responsibilities in the way, writing is often the first thing to get cut out of your daily routine. This makes sense, since stopping your writing regimen has no real consequences for you. Homework needs to be done, work needs to be finished, and writing can always wait. But can it? Creating a writing regimen is important to instill in yourself a routine and keep up productivity. If you want to be serious about writing and actually produce some work, you need to write on a regular basis.
In that spirit, take this prompt post as an opportunity to make some time and get some writing squeezed into your busy day. Check out these prompts from the Creative Writing website and see if you can write a quick flash fiction piece based on one of them. Flash fiction doesn’t have to be any more than 250 words. You can certainly pound out 250 words in a short space of free time. So, go for it!
- After your character loses his job, he is home during the day. That’s how he discovers that his teenage son has a small marijuana plantation behind the garage. Your character confronts his son, who, instead of acting repentant, explains to your character exactly how much money he is making from the marijuana and tries to persuade your character to join in the business…
- At a garage sale, your character buys an antique urn which she thinks will look nice decorating her bookcase. But when she gets home, she realizes there are someone’s ashes in it….
- Your character starts receiving flowers and anonymous gifts. She doesn’t know who is sending them. Her husband is suspicious, and the gifts begin to get stranger….
- A missionary visits your character’s house and attempts to convert her to his religion. Your character is trying to get rid of him just as storm warning sirens go off. Your character feels she can’t send the missionary out into the storm, so she lets him come down into her basement with her. This is going to be a long storm….
Happy writing and happy Wednesday!
— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan