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Picture Prompts #6


A great source for picture prompts is using news sites and their 24 Hours in Pictures feature. These pictures are chosen especially because of the story or emotion they portray. Have a look at the few I found:

 

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Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #4


  • There and Back Again
  • Wish Me Luck
  • Someone, Somewhere
  • Being Wrong
  • Second Place

Opening with a Whopper #1


“I’ll see you tomorrow, Harvey,” she said to me.

She never did.

* * *

How to get going

  • A good story beginning needs to introduce character, conflict, story world and set a tone, let these opening lines help you develop such a start
  • Why did she never see Harvey?
  • Who was this woman to Harvey?

Share your work

  • For a challenge, reply your response in the comment box in 250 words
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Picture Prompt #5


How to get going

  • Take a look at this poster, and look at the message on the sign and the setting behind it
  • Who has written the message? Why? What has happened to this place?
  • What sort of place does this road lead to now?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Creating Characters: #1


Characters are great beginning points to creating a story, because their life, their virtues, their flaws, their relationships and their opposition can develop into a whole journey for your reader to follow. Pick one of the three characters and write an interior monologue, a day in their shoes or a meeting with one of the other characters in the set. It will really help you to practice and develop characterisation skills.

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Premise for Plots #3: I’m Not Dead


A week after a close friends funeral you receive a postcard that says, ‘I’m not dead’

Picture Prompt #4


How to get going

  • Take a look at this photo, and explore the message in the bottle
  • What is the message? Is it a cry for help? A piece of advice? A hidden truth?
  • Who is the speaker? Who finds the message?
  • Where was this message sent from and where was it found?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

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Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #3


  • Red Lipstick
  • The Writings on the Wall
  • Fortune Cookie
  • I’m Still Alive
  • Love and Lies

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Picture Prompt #3


How to get going

  • Take a look at this photo, and explore the relationship between the boys
  • Look at the expressions? What emotions do they hold? Does this help with what tone to write in?
  • Whose point of view are you going to write it in?
  • Will you write it as they are children? Or years later? Or the past that binds them together?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Premise for Plots #2


Stuck for writing ideas? Use the following idea as a spark for inspiration – change the point of view, create a character, situation and conflict, strike up any genre that suits and keep developing and writing!

Your character is walking past a phone box when the phone inside rings. Curiously, your character turns but sees the booth is empty. When it rings the second time, your character cannot help but pick it up…

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Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #2


  • A Promise I’ll Keep
  • What Drove Her to Madness
  • Writing Just to Let You Know
  • Painted Faces
  • New Year’s Resolution
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Premises for Plots #1


Stuck for writing ideas? Use the following idea as a spark for inspiration – change the point of view, create a character, situation and conflict, strike up any genre that suits and keep developing and writing!

I didn’t kill him, but I didn’t save him either. I watched him die and did nothing. Am I a murderer?

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Picture Prompt #2


I think this plays as not only a great starting point for a story, but also as a great writing exercise, especially for characterisation.

How to get going

  • Take a look at this photo, and pick one person as a writing point for your story.
  • Look at the expressions? What emotions do they hold? Does this help with what tone to write in?
  • What are they doing in this crowd? Do they feel comfortable?
  • Do they blend in with the crowd? Are they here alone or with someone.
  • Whose point of view are you going to write it in?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Character Interview


There is really no right way to do it. You don’t even have to do it. It all depends on whether you want to plan beforehand and whether you’re struggling to fully understand your character.

A lot of the following fields don’t have to be filled in, just think about it. For example, the number of siblings – if you know it’s two, then that’s fine, no need to write it for the sake of it. Some of these things may not even be relevant to you, it really depends on the story, so be selective.

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Titles That Could Lead to the Next Best Thing #1


Here are a list of five titles that could spark your imagination into a character, plot, conflict, theme or anything at all that could make your next story. Good luck!

  • A Truce With the Devil
  • A Little Black Box
  • A Warm Day in December
  • Notes From the Dead
  • The Third Eye

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