March prompts

How awesome was the season finale of the Sarah Connor Chronicles? Some of the best TV I’ve seen in years. The battle (if you could call it that) with the SWAT team and John’s uncle taking him to the park were both fantastic scenes. The series has really been improving. See what happens when you give a series more than three episodes, FOX? And then actually promote it?

Anyway, I’m coordinating the prompt contest for the writing group this month. I send out a group of prompts, and members write stories or scenes based on them (500-word minimum). Whoever gets the most by the end of the month wins. I thought I’d post them here for fun. I came up with them all myself. If anyone out there wants to write any of these, feel free!

  1. Pick a song and use the title of the song as the title of your story. Somewhere in the story use a line or phrase from the song (as dialogue, in a description, as a person’s name, however you want).
  2. Write a story in which a normally law-abiding person commits a crime.
  3. Write a story in which the narrator’s roommate/spouse/tenant is a criminal (or leads some other secret, shadowy life), but the narrator doesn’t know.
  4. Write a story in which a character is advised either, “Bald people aren’t just funny looking, they’re also aerodynamic.” or “Guilt won’t kill a man, but it will make him sweat a lot.”
  5. Write a story including the following words (feel free to change the form or make them plural or whatever): dentist, rushed, supplying, whistles, damaged, angry, bicycle, nervous, nuclear, pillar
  6. Write a story in which a salesperson is trying to sell something supernatural/otherworldly/high tech/just really bizarre (adorable furry thing, cursed monkey hand, death ray, pretzel shaped like Gooloo the Mighty, whatever).
  7. Write a story that uses at least 3 of the following: a guitar, a time bomb, a badge, a movie camera, a fire extinguisher.
  8. Write a story featuring only two characters, neither of whom speak the same language.

I have a few more I’ll be sending out each week to supplement these. I’m looking forward to reading some of the results.