Prompt Wednesday: Pick & Choose

As we’ve discussed here many times before — writers are all different and unique in how they prefer to write. Everyone has their own technique, tactic, and approach to tackling a writing project. What works for one writer may not be right for another. The same goes for prompts. Some writers may want prompts that focus on setting and others may want to pay more attention to characters. Thus, not every prompt is going to fit every writer. I try to give open-ended prompts that act like many-sided dice — roll and write what you want. In that vein, I hope to offer some more choices to writers with this week’s post.

On The Prompt Writer website, each day has its own set of prompts for you to write toward. One day will be all setting prompts, the next will be first lines, and the next will be prompts for a horror story. This wide variety of prompts allows writers to pick and choose from a series of items to include in their story. I thought I would borrow some of their elements and prompts from various days and create scenarios for you to write. These are not iron clad, obviously, and I would encourage you to check out the site for an even larger pool of prompts from which to choose. But here are some ideas to get you going.

Prompt Set #1:

  • Beginning line: It took thirteen grown to pull that little old woman away from his side.
  • Time and place: Yesterday — an old abandoned barn.
  • Character occupation: Architect

Prompt Set #2:

  • Beginning line: As the summer began to wind out its way down, Cassidy knew it was time to go home.
  • Time and place: June — just south of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Character occupation: Ship’s captain.

See what you can come up with based on these packages of prompts. Or, pick and choose prompts from the first set and mix them with prompts from the second, or vice versa. Most of all, stick to what you want to write. Pick and choose topics, characters, and settings that engage you and light a passion in your heart or your writing won’t be as enjoyable.

— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan

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