Writing Prompt # 185

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Think of the stories that make up a part of your culture. Choose something memorable and traditional and write about it. Or explore some of the ideas offered below.

W.P. # 185 Everybody likes a good horror story. How about writing one about being possessed. In the Caribbean there are many myths and folklore, try your hand at writing one. A different kind of story. One where you introduce a mythic character or some other element of your native folklore…Happy writing.

Writing Prompt # 176

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I know we have done many harrowing experiences in the past month or two, but here is one more for you to show how much you have grown. I hope you have had a good week, do keep writing.

W.P. # 176 You are in a room that is too hot, you are running out of air. Describe the experience…

Writing Prompt # 175

Sometimes we write about people and places and things, but what happens when we stand still and just observe life. What do we see in the vastness of life around us? How do we find hope and express or experience ourselves?

W.P. # 175 Today you are a stone. What is life like for the human or animal or plant closest you? From your perspective, what do they see, feel or hear…

Writing Prompt # 173

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We spend our lives looking forward to the future, but sometimes it is always good to look back. Try to imagine what would happen if your not too distant past becomes your present.

W.P. # 173 You have been transported 20-30 years into the past, write about something that you once experienced.

Writing Prompt # 171

Where there is smoke, there’s …fire.

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Welcome Back to the Prompts.

Hopefully we can do them together once a week as a refresher. Happy writing!

W.P. # 171 Sometimes something small ends up being quite large. Write about a fire or about something else that might have started off small but quickly ballooned into something bigger.

Writing Prompt # 147

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W.P. # 147   (As we all know Father’s Day is coming up, so why not honour the men/father’s in our lives by telling them how much they mean to us. And if you’re a guy, try to remember all the neat things your father taught you. Things that you will one day teach to your sons and daughters.)   Write about a memory of your father.

Writing Prompt # 145

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W.P. # 145    Write about the fall.

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As writers (screenwriters, poets and artists) sometimes we get stuck in the process of creating ideas, forgetting for a moment that even if two novels share an inciting incident they will be inherently different because of the approach of their authors.

Today, I started reading John Lescroart’s  The Fall and discovered this aforementioned similarity with The Cuckoo’s Calling. On reading more I discovered that this tale was unique. Different. Because the story to be told wasn’t ab out a supermodel who had been murdered, but a teenage girl who was looking forward to moving out of a group home.

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So, your task if you choose to accept it is to write about a fall.

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Writing Prompt # 143

Growing up, I much preferred my second name to my first. Or at other times anything that started with an S. I can’t say why I was so enamoured by names like Sarah and Sacha, except that they were the names of friends and characters I admired.

Look back into your past, your childhood  and imagine the name you wished you had. Now’s your chance. Take it. Tell that story.

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W.P. # 143    Imagine if you were given a different name at birth, re-write your story.

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Writing Prompt # 142

W.P. # 142  Names: Luther/Luthor

(Does it say anything to you about character?)

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Following Idris Elba as a driven detective working in London’s Serious Crime Unit (SCU), “Luther” focuses on the escapades of a detective…

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Decide for yourself. Is Luthor/Luther such an enigmatic name?