Writing Prompts: From Goal to Glory

With every New Year comes a list of things we wish to have accomplished by year’s end that somehow manage to slip through the cracks between January 1 and December 31. This week’s list of writing prompts have to do with the achievement of set goals.

Nonfiction

1. Pick a topic, any topic, and write an article on how a person would achieve a set goal in that topic. For instance, how would a person go about losing weight or quitting smoking?

2. Tell us your story of how you achieved goal you set out for yourself.

3. With teen millionaires becoming the norm, write an article for teens discussing the importance of goal setting and how to do it.

4. Write about ten (or as many as you can think of) of the strangest goals you have ever heard of and whether or not the person accomplished their mission.

5. Discuss what you consider to be the most important goal that humanity as a whole should be working on.

Fiction

Write story with the following prompts as the theme.

6. A character decides they want to become a vampire.

7. A puppy decides that it is going to get itself adopted by a family.

8. Two siblings have a party (or other social event) they want to go to but one of them has to stay home and babysit the youngest sibling.

9. A character decides they are going to break the world record for the most number of days without sleep.

10. A ghost decides it is going to break the underworld record for scaring the most people out of its house.

Writing Prompts: New Beginnings

In honor of the New Year, this week’s set of writing prompts will focus on new beginnings.

Non Fiction

1. What does it mean to reinvent oneself?

2. What is life like after a divorce?

3. If you have ever owned a business, describe what your opening day was like.

4. Take one of your New Year’s resolutions and create a plan of action to achieve it.

5. Describe a time in your (or someone else’s) life when you (or they) had to start over. What lessons did you learn from that?

Fiction

6. Describe what the world feels like after a torrential rain storm.

7. Write a story about the first set of people to settle on Mars.

8. A character who was wrongfully convicted of a crime is finally vindicated and released after 20 years in jail.

9. A garbage man leaves his secure job with waste management to pursue his dream of being a private eye. Write about his first case.

10. It is the first day of work for a woman who unwittingly is working for the boss from hell. Literally.

Writing Prompts: Religion

Last week I offered you a list of religious myths to discuss. This week we are going to take a poke at religion itself. Quite a few religious holidays congregate in this month so I figure since it’s on our minds anyway, why not try to put our thoughts into words. I’m going to mix it up a little bit and offer both fiction and nonfiction prompts. The most important part of this exercise is to remember that it is an exercise and to have fun.

Nonfiction

1. In today’s world, many businesses are run by religious people based on their religious beliefs. Discuss the various dynamics an atheist would encounter running a company based on their beliefs.

2. Is religion good for society? Or is society best served by ridding itself of its influence?

3. Is morality possible without religion? Why or why not?

4. What do you think of religious figures getting up in arms over the movie The Golden Compass? Do you think there is any truth to their claims that this movie is trying to convert children to Atheism?

5. Has the holiday you celebrate retained its meaning throughout the years or has it been corrupted by commercial influences? Fiction

6. Make up your own religion.

7. A character makes a discovery that goes against the accepted “truths” of their belief system. Your character is a faithful adherent to their belief system and was actually trying to validate that particular belief.

8. A character lives in the inverse of the United States where 70% claim to be atheists with the other 30% being ridiculed and discriminated against for their belief in god.

9. A character tries to make up their own religion and pass it off to their boss in order to get a day off of work.

10. Bring a folktale/religious myth to the twenty first century by rewriting it using current day references.

Writing Prompts: Multiple Partnerships

Some time go, I completed an erotic flash story to warm up my brain for completing my other writing projects. It turned out pretty good but of course I’m biased. The story has to do with a wife who catches her husband cheating but instead of going all nutzoid, she accepts the situation in a ‘glad it’s her and not me’ kind of dismissal.

People accept what society deems as unacceptable all the time. Threesomes, orgies, serial partners and even Polygamy. All anathemas to our country’s focus on Christian monogamy.

Today’s writing prompts:

1- Describe a situation in which your character may consider including another person in their relationship.

2- Write the dialogue between two partners where one is trying to convince the other to attend an orgy. Write it from each perspective.

3- Describe a scene where a partner catches the other cheating but accepts it and/or maybe even joins in.

4- Burst the stereotype that women who have multiple partners are whores.

5- Take us to a wedding where a man (or woman) marries a second spouse with the other looking on.

Writing Prompts: The Scenery

I have many weaknesses as a writer, one of which includes writing about settings. I get so involved in what the characters are doing that I completely forget about where they are doing it. Unless the setting is inexplicably weaved in with the plot it doesn’t even cross my mind. Where your characters are can, sometimes, be more important to what they are doing.

Today’s writing prompts:

1- Let’s start with the obvious. Describe where the sex scene happens.

2- Describe the characters living quarters. What does it say about them? An obsessive/compulsive may live in a apartment full of boxy and straight back furniture. No rounded corners in sight.

3- Describe the world you characters live in. This is can be the physical world (i.e. Earth) or their emotional world (i.e. the feeling of repression). A person’s cubical at the office can be used a metaphor for their feelings of being caged in.

4- What is the weather like in your story?