Daily Writing Prompt #10: A Game Interrupted

Here we go with day ten of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #10: a game interrupted  Fiction often utilizes game-playing as a way to vary things up.  In-story contests allows a miniature set of stakes to take place with whatever silly rules the author wants to utilize.  Whether it be a sport that a society takes too seriously, or the whims of an ancient mischievous entity, there’s always a way to make the results feel important.

The challenge here is to write a scene or story where a very important game is interrupted by something dangerous or significant, but the players decide to continue anyway, be it through stubbornness or determination.  Maybe it’s a pair of boxers continuing the fight even as a flood breaks in and surrounds the ring.  Maybe it’s someone trying to finish their board game with death while the complications of their illness set in.  Whatever happens, the game must go on.

Good luck and, as always, feel free to comment or discuss the prompt or offer direction to a story it inspired.

Daily Writing Prompt #9: Duck Master

Here we go with day nine of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #9: Duck Master  This is one of the uncommon ones I’ll post that doesn’t have to have a speculative fiction angle on it.  The world is full of strange professions that you don’t often think about.  Most people’s characters wind up working an average job (like retail) or a noble difficult one (like a doctor, scientist, or elite soldier).

In reality there is a position called duck master, held by one person at a time who works at the Peabody Hotel.  Their job is to march the trained ducks that act as the hotel’s mascots into and out of their private elevator each day so they can swim in the lobby’s fountain.  There is much ceremony to this and it draws a large crowd.

With the position of duck master in mind, the challenge is to make up a strange or extremely specialized profession for one of your characters to have.  After that you can build a scene or a story that could only be done with them and their daily life in mind.

Good luck and, as always, feel free to comment or discuss the prompt or offer direction to a story it inspired.

Daily Writing Prompt #8: Hatchling

Here we go with day eight of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.  (I know this has been a far cry from actual daily posting, but I’m sticking with the catchy name.)

Prompt #8: Hatchling  This one is a little more abstract as there is little way to connect it to humanity.  The challenge is to write a scene or story from the point of view of a creature (be it animal, mythological, engineered, or alien) as it is born.  More specifically, it should involve the process of the creature forcing its way out of an egg, pod, or other object and finding itself completely alone and confused.

To do this well you must try to regress and forget everything you know about life beyond the instincts of its basic processes.  Even the ideas of up and down should confuse the creature because it has probably been floating in some sort of fluid up until now.  The fun here is deconstructing perception and then imagining a way to build it back up from scratch.  You also have the opportunity to place the creature in a strange plot-twist scenario or an entirely new world of your own design that the reader can discover alongside the creature.

Good luck and, as always, feel free to comment or discuss the prompt or offer direction to a story it inspired.

Daily Writing Prompt #7: Micronation Royalty

Here we go with day seven of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #7: Micronation Royalty  You would be forgiven if you didn’t exactly know what the term micronation implies.  I would direct you to the Wikipedia article on Sealand.  If you peruse that you’ll find that a micronation is any plot of land, or sometimes just a building, where its residents have decided they are a sovereign nation. Continue reading

Daily Writing Prompt #6: Pluto Syndrome

Here we go with day six of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #6: Pluto Syndrome  Pluto’s downgrading from a planet to a dwarf planet was an odd moment for a lot of people.  Obviously scientists have their reasons for doing things, but to the average person it felt like a strangely personal blow, as if they had reached out into the void and squeezed our dear Pluto until it literally shrank. Continue reading

Daily Writing Prompt #5: Nemesis Conversion

Here we go with day five of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #5: Nemesis Conversion  Everyone has one or more person in their life that they just can’t stand.  I don’t mean a politician or celebrity, I mean the person you’re forced to spend time with because of various obligations who just rubs you the wrong way.  Maybe you’d call them a rival, or a pest, or even your nemesis.

The challenge here is to take your personal nemesis and twist them, or repaint them, or light them at a different angle, until they turn into a likable character.  You have to write a scene or story with the best possible version of this person.  Force yourself to recognize their few positive traits and use them as building blocks. Continue reading

Daily Writing Prompt #4: Favorable Winds

Here we go with day four of my writing prompt series, where I suggest a scenario (often with a bit of scifi or fantasy flavor) and anyone who sees it is free to brainstorm around it and write a scene or story.

Prompt #4: Favorable Winds  Sometimes a truly elegant plan can go awry and things just come down to the details of a situation.  The challenge here is to have a story or scene that culminates in the characters’ fates or resolutions being out of their hands; it should be determined, for better or worse, by whether or not the wind is blowing in the right direction.

Whether it’s a ship needing to go a certain way (though that one’s a little too obvious), or a tree that needs to fall in the right direction, let the winds be the ultimate judge of the day.  I encourage you to make the wind really seem like it doesn’t have a stake in any outcome, as per reality.

As always, feel free to comment or discuss the prompt or offer direction to a story it inspired.