Two Months of Writing Prompts. Day One: Making a list and checking it twice.
August 15, 2013 1 Comment
Sometimes, I have a little difficulty getting started/back on track with my writing. This isn’t necessarily the case at the moment, but I came across a link to R. L. Stine’s Nightmare Room Writing Program that he’s offering free to teachers and students. At first I thought to use it as a personal Blog filler 😉 You know, take one of the prompts or tasks in the program and make it a blog post for the day. I quickly thought better of it cause I thought I’d be better served going to a random (like me) writing prompt generator and using that instead! I didn’t find any single one that I liked the best, so I decided to take 6 prompts from ten different sites and make those my fifteen days of writing prompts. (only the ones I like, mind you!) For those of you that are interested in finding your own writing prompts I grabbed from Language is a Virus which generated a ho-hum sort of random set of prompts and some really messed up ones posted underneath but I managed to find a few that intrigued me, Prompt Generator which was more helpful in providing prompts I could relate to, Scholastic Story Starters which is a generator for kids, but could net you a pretty interesting prompt anyway, Plinky which also had some decent prompts but not a random generator, Creative Writing Prompts which also wasn’t a random generator, but could very easily get you almost through a year with the list of prompts it has alone (if you aren’t picky and just go one prompt after the other), Always Write’s Writing Prompt Generator which is pretty good, the Almost Totally Random Writing Generator that generated me “250-300 words * porn * sushi” (How could I say no?), Imagination Prompt Generator by this point I was just looking for a competent generator to be honest, Fifteen Minutes of Fiction I perused their weekly writing prompt ^^, and finally Daydreaming On Paper Because why not? That’s basically what writing fiction is in the first place, right?
This, as you could have guessed, is another attempt (soon to be failed, I’m sure.) at being more of a daily blogger and to speed up the process of posting every day by giving me something immediately to write about. I had heard/read somewhere that it takes about two months for a person to take on a new habit. It was probably a Cracked.com article , gotta love those things! Well, here’s to getting into new habits! Anyone that wants to work alongside me may feel free to reference my list here. Now, without further procrastination from me, Day 1: Write a dialog between two of your favorite characters from books/tv/movies.
Man: I’ve come to talk to you about this “Guardian of the Gates of Time” thing…
Woman: It isn’t a thing. I am the Guardian of the Gates of Time.
Man: (chuckles) That’s precious. Human, right? You were born on Earth? In Japan, am I right?
Woman: (frowns) I don’t see how that is relevant.
Man: Darling, I come from a race of beings who practically live the Time-Space Continuum. Humans travel with us, but they can’t become one of us.
Woman: Alien? You look like a man to me. You sound British even.
Man: Appearances can be deceiving, little miss. By the way, is that dark green hair natural? Fascinating!
Woman: I’ll have you know, I’ve guarded the gate since-
Man: And I’ll have you know that no matter now unnaturally long your mortal life has been, no matter how long you have been doing what you do, I’ve been at it longer than your brain could even fathom. Besides, it isn’t a gate, more like an infinitely imperceptible wormhole that few lucky individuals have been able to access, and even fewer have been able to control to a degree. You guard one access point between two relatively close time frames for a city in Japan. I’ve spanned galaxies, aeons, planes of existence.
Woman: Who are you?
Man: Just call me the Doctor, everyone else does. Oh, and by the way, just because a bunch of small minded scientists think differently doesn’t make it true that Pluto isn’t a planet. It has always been a small planet, but it is the Pizza of the solar system, and I’ve always loved pizza.
Woman: Why are you here, exactly?
Man: Whey are any of us here? Fate? Coincidence? One day our father loved our mother very much? You pick. I do have a purpose beyond opening your perception of things a little. I want to open them further. Tell me, how would you like to see more of the dimension you profess to be the guardian of? Open your eyes a little wider. I promise to have you back before anyone realizes you were gone…
About Day One:
It took me a bit to come up with that one. At first I wanted to do a character from the Anita Blake series and throw them in with someone from Sailor Moon. Don’t get me wrong, the pairings I’d come up with (with the help of my friend Duane) would have been interesting. Like Nathaniel giving Usagi a cooking lesson, Asher trying to seduce/make Mamoru very uncomfortable, and Seiya & Nathaniel just chitchatting, though I had no idea what they’d actually talk about. Then, I dropped the Anita Blake characters and tried Seiya talking to Lestat about being friend-zoned. I even wrote a page of dialogue before deciding to scrap it. I really didn’t want to see the events leading up to Lestat draining Seiya dry, and the other characters seemed to follow along those lines. I don’t know what brought me to Pluto and the Doctor, but when the idea came to me, I couldn’t say no. I decided to try to downplay their identities, hoping that through dialogue anyone familiar with either show would know who was speaking with whom, and if not, the dialogue itself could stand on its own without seeming like I’m trying too hard. I wanted the conversation to flow like it would in “real life”, and I hope I managed it alright.
Well, Duane, feel free to write out the ones you thought of for me. Even though I didn’t choose them doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see what you’d come up with.