Friday, March 14, 2014

Writing Prompts - All in a Name

Hello there writers, readers, and readers who want to write!
As you may have already noticed, this is going to be a writing prompts post. Hopefully you are as excited as I am about them.
It's always fun to come up with interesting ways to twist writing or your thinking about writing.
So, without further adieu, here are the writing prompts:

1.  Book Title Inspirations

In this prompt, pick a book off your bookshelf at random (or digital bookshelf if you prefer). Scan the title of said book and pick the word that jumps out at you first. Now write a story, poem, or whatever suits your fancy with that word being the focus of the creative endeavor of your choice.

Here is an example:  I went to my bookshelf and grabbed THE SHADOW RISING by Robert Jordan. I would write a short story about shadows and whatever significance they would have to the world in the short story.

2.  Familiar Words with Unfamiliar Meanings

This is similar in the way that you discover your creative theme. In fact, you could go right ahead and start it the same way if you want. In any case, open said document of undiscriminating styles and randomly point your finger at the page/screen/media until you find a noun. 

What does that noun mean? Got it? Now. . .that noun doesn't mean that anymore. It means something else! Write/Create something in which you use the NEW meaning for that word. It doesn't have to be the main point of the story, but it would be more fun if it was.

3.  Genre Swap

What's your favorite book? Try writing your favorite book or something based off it in a different genre. How did the theme, mood, or flow of the story change? Is your favorite book in the steampunk genre? Try adapting it to fantasy.

Did the characters change at all? How did changing the genre affect the characters if at all?

4.  Pets as Sidekicks

Do you have pets? If not, pick a pet. 

Congratulations! You just picked your sidekick or companion in your next story! Have fun with this one. It could go anywhere!

5.  Places to Go, Cultures to Create

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

Now that you have your pick, write a story about a people whose culture mimics your destination culture. Model their way of life, politics, and religion based off that culture.

Well, you've got some ideas here for some writing prompts. I hope they help you get those creative juices flowing. Enjoy!