Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Writing Prompt

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  While it's also the unofficial start to summer and a great time for families to grill out or head to the beach, it is also and most importantly a day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in our armed forces throughout our history.

To that end, for today's prompt:


Write a short story involving a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine.


U.S. National Cemetery in Phoebus, Virginia


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Writing Prompt: Survival

Toddlers get lost in the woods.  Fishermen get lost at sea.  Sailors get swept overboard.  Pilots crash.  Often these stories end in tragedy.  But, sometimes people manage to persevere through a combination of courage, attitude, persistence, luck, and skill.  When people manage to live through a disaster, the rest of us are always fascinated by their tales.  For today's writing prompt, write a short story of --

Survival 

Marines from Arlington, VA, United States [Public domain]


Friday, May 17, 2019

Writing Prompt: A Sailing Journey

There is a vast amount of literature about the sea.  From Jack London's Sea Wolf to C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and beyond, there is a lot to read.  You can write about tyrannical captains, mutinies, wars, pirates, storms, discoveries, and dangerous journeys.  All you need is a ship, a crew,  challenges, and destination.  For today's writing prompt, spin us a short tale of -

adventure under sail.


A Ketch sailing vessel - The original uploader was Solitude at English Wikipedia. [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Friday, May 3, 2019

Writing Prompt: Timeshares in Space

We keep talking about going to Mars or returning to the moon.  But, mankind seems to procrastinate an awful lot.  Today, let's make it actionable.  For today's writing prompt, create an advertisement for a timeshare or vacation resort located somewhere else in -


our Solar System.





Thursday, May 2, 2019

Writing Prompt: Sunset on another world

Sometimes the right setting is all it takes to get you in the writing mood.  Here we have a beautiful sunset--on Mars!  When the sun sets, all kinds of things happen.  Is dusk the time for romance?  Is it a prelude to danger?  For today's writing prompt, tell us a tale of events at sunset on ---


Mars!


Sunset on Mars - photo by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover [Public domain]

Writing Prompt: Characters in Detail

One of the trickiest aspects of writing is creating believable characters.  Some authors immediately layer on the details about a character-...