Saturday, August 29, 2020

Writing Prompt: The Influencer

Today, the title, Influencer, is applied to someone on social media who influences others to do things and particularly to buy things.  In the social media sense, it's a limited role and, when applied to selling products, it's kind of shallow.  However, in business, history, and literature, the role of influencer is key.  An influencer is someone who makes things happen.  An influencer is the one who organizes and motivates people to make things happen and move the story forward.  The influencer often sets quests into motion.

Tony Robbins - motivation speaker - photo by Brian Solis / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
For today's writing prompt, write a short piece of fiction that includes one or more characters trying to --

persuade someone to take action.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Writing Prompt: The Countdown

In the movies, televison shows, and many action-adventure works of fiction, characters race against a clock to ensure that action is taken before it is too late.  Something will happen at a certain point in time and characters either have to prevent it.  A countdown builds tension as the action progresses.  A great example of a countdown story is the television show 24

For today's writing prompt, create a short story that involves a -

countdown.



Thursday, August 6, 2020

Writing Prompt: Create a Myth

Throughout human existence, humanity has come up with myths to explain creation, the afterlife, love, war, and many aspects of life that are not easily understood.  Often a pantheon of Gods, heroes, and monsters were responsible for many things that happen in our world.  

Today, we'd like to think we've become more sophisticated.  However, a quick look around reveals that we explain things that are difficult to understand through conspiracy theories and folk wisdom that isn't always very wise.  In retrospect, mythology seems like much more fun than conspiracy. 

Thor photo by Kyle Cassidy / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
For today's writing prompt, explain something that happens in our modern world by creating 

a myth.


Monday, August 3, 2020

Sensory Writing Prompt: Touch

The most vivid descriptions in fiction engage multiple senses and sometimes engage unexpected senses.  Personally, I find it most challenging to describe something in terms of smell or touch.  For today's writing prompt, write a short piece of fiction where the story hinges on the sense of --

touch. 

To Touch Another Dimension - photo by Alan Levine from Mortlach, Canada / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)


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-...