Monday, August 1, 2016

Writing Prompt #40: Bad Dream

Your character is sleep deprived. Why? Is there a newborn baby in the house? Is your character a patient in the emergency room at the hospital and they keep prodding him/her? Is your character under interrogation at the police station/undisclosed location? Is he/she attempting a record breaking athletic attempt such as swimming a great distance? Something entirely different?

Your character is finally able to doze off. And has the most terrifying nightmare of his/her life. What is he/she most afraid of? His or her enemy is using this personal fright item on the one person/animal dearest to your character and he/she is helpless to save him/her.

End the scene.

Your character then wakes up, heart pounding, drenched in perspiration and totally terrified, afraid to open his/her eyes. There is a noise. Something in the room. Someone in the room.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Writing Prompt #39: Some Like it Hot

It's the hottest day and night on record. Ten degrees hotter than it's ever been before.

How does this heat change your setting?

What adjustments do your characters need to make to go about their daily lives?

What if your protagonist must be outside in this heat? What if he/she is stranded? On the verge of heat stroke?

The only path out is through a fire. Is it a building, a forest, an atmosphere or perhaps it literally is raining fire?

Your protagonist makes it out of the fire and into a cool climate controlled room. He/she is late. There is Hell to pay.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Writing Prompt #38 Active Shooter

Your character is on vacation with his/her relative (spouse, grandparent, parent, child, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew). They are in an unfamiliar crowded marketplace with shops lining a maze of enclosed open-air mall areas. Your protagonist has realized he/she wandered away from the relative and is looking for him/her.

Shoppers are pushing through, nervously blurting "Go to the back!"

Your character assumes there must be a small fire. Not really concerned, but surprised by the rush of people, your character looks around for the relative who is nowhere to be found.

Rapid-fire shots explode from the front of the store.  Does your character see the shooter? Where is the relative? How many people are shot? Is there a stampede of people running to the back of the store? Trampling of merchandise? What is in the back? A dressing room? Storage room? Exit to tunnels? Exit to another danger? (lions, aliens, 1,000' drop, hostile country, portal to Hell etc)

Your character is extremely stressed because he/she does not know where the relative is or if the relative is a victim, hostage or hero.

There is no cell phone service or landlines or internet.

Suddenly the lights go out...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Writing Prompt #37 Renovation

Your character's home is being renovated. He/She must remove all contents from the dining room and pull up and remove the carpet.

Is he/she reluctant, procrastinating or overjoyed to do the work?

What does he/she find tucked away?

Does he/she drop and break anything?

What is under the rug?

Whom/what does he/she encounter when carrying the carpet to the trashcan or dumpster?

What time of day is it? Season?

Does he/she have anyone to help?

There is a knock at the door...