Once More With Feeling Writing Prompts: Day 7

Okay, so I was gearing up to do this writing prompt and realized that the most important part, the part that inspired me to make a note on the end of it that said “try not to go into the gutter on this one”, was missing.  I’ve fixed it in the original post but just so you know, the part that accidentally got left out said that the prompt also needs to involve touching something for the first time.  This, of course is me putting it in my own words.  When I first got the prompt from a generator it said POV – third person (omniscient) * male character – under 18 * the first touch.  When I created my new list, I decided to put the prompt into a somewhat proper sentence.  Anyway, I’ll just get right into the prompt for today.

Write in the third person (omniscient) point of view about a male character who is under the age of 18. Have the story involve touching something for the first time. *try not to go into the gutter with this one!*

I’m going to try to keep this under a thousand words, but it’s not necessary for anyone else to do.  Let’s get started, shall we? Read more of this post

Once More With Feeling Writing Prompts: Day 2

So, the last post was good for journal writing in it’s truest form. Not that I have anything against journal writing at all, but I love writing prompts that are more creative in their angle.  However, today is not quite that day. For those of you that have come to this post first, whether it be the first in my series of writing prompts or your first ever Ladybug blog post, I’m referring to a list of writing prompts I compiled from prompts I’d taken from all over the place.  You may even find some previously written into a much larger list that I never managed to finish in previous posts.  If you feel like you’d like to try my list out, you may find it here.  Want to see my other lists? You can locate them here.  You can also find the first post where I provide links to the sites I borrowed my initial prompts from here.

But anyway, the prompt is: Write for 10 minutes about a conflict that involves tulips in some way. This I can tell is going to take on more of an informative style than a story-like bent being that one of my many hats is as a florist.  That being said, I can tell where I’m going to take this prompt.  Okay everyone! Ten minutes on the clock…and…GO! Read more of this post

Writing Prompts…Once More With Feeling!

Alright, I know I tried this before, but I mean it this time!  My blog had far too little love last year (and the year before that…and kinda the year before that…), and I’m determined to do it this time!  I’m going to select 30 new prompts (except for the prompts I really love!) and am sticking to it this time! I swear!  This is the list of  prompts that I’m going to use for my Month of Writing Prompts…Once More With Feeling! Feel free to join me and send me a link to your work in the comments!  Or not…entirely up to you!

So, without further adeu, the list of prompts!

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Coffee Crisis

The sound of smooth jazz played over the speaker-phone as Amy dumped out her coffee pot.  Her nose curled at the aroma of hot vinegar, but she knew it was a necessary evil.  She rinsed it thoroughly then refilled the reservoir and ran it again. This time, it ran through quicker, and though there was a lingering odor in the air, she couldn’t detect any vinegar in the water.  After measuring grounds, rinsing the pot and filling the reservoir one final time, she turned it back on.  While she waited, she prepared her mug with three spoons of sugar then glanced back at the clock.

It was now going on ten minutes of being put on hold just so that she could get her taxes straitened out.  She knew it was going to take this long, though.  Yesterday she’d been on for twenty minutes before getting to talk to a real human being.  The coffee maker hadn’t finished brewing before she’d gotten off the phone.  It hadn’t been a good day, but that wasn’t going to fly today.  If she didn’t get at least one cup of java into her system before the run around started, she was going to murder someone.

Five minutes later, Amy had a cup of sweet coffee in her hands and was laying back in her super comfortable office chair humming to the muzac version of a popular pop song.  Her own phone system wasn’t nearly so intricate.  Being a fairly new carpenter and all, her business didn’t require anything like that.  However, she imagined she’d use something similar to Offspring’s Intermission if she had one.

She continued to sip absentmindedly at her coffee while she waited. The jazzy tunes were beginning to lull her to sleep when the sound of a human voice startled her.  Her arms flailed wide as she tried to keep herself from falling out of her chair and onto the floor.  It wasn’t graceful, and she was glad no one was around to witness it.

As she put herself together, she noticed the office had gone quiet.  Down at her feet, she saw the scattered bits of her phone.  Whatever voice she’d gotten, was no longer on the other line, no music would play from the receiver.  She’d successfully disconnected the call by dismemberment of phone.  Frustrated beyond words, she grabbed up the bits and put them back together checking to make sure it wasn’t permanently damaged.  When she heard the dial-tone, she sighed and redialed the number to get back to the jazzy hold section of their phone maze.

Absently she toyed with her cup while contemplating the best tool in her arsenal to hunt down and dispose of the sadistic bastards at the tax office.  When she brought the cup to her lips, she was met with empty air.  She looked down to confirm that she had indeed consumed her first cup.  With a self-depreciating smirk, she got up to refill it.  Crisis Averted.

Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck!

I decided to start a daily-ish writing prompt thingie-ma-jig again.  I was going to write for one month straight and post a list just like I did that other time I wanted to do a writing prompt challenge.  I even had a list of 29 prompts but couldn’t find one that really gripped me for the 30th.  I even used ones from my old list that I either didn’t do or could do a second time, but in a different way.  However, the space I allotted for the 29th prompt was sadly empty and I went on a search to find something satisfactory to fill it with, which led me to Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck. She hasn’t posted in a while, but I figure, I’ll go to her every day and if I don’t like what she posts when she ends up posting again, I’ll just choose from one of her previous ideas!  To date, there’s over 650 prompts, so I have more than enough to work with.  Besides, I can always go to my list if I really want something else! So, in that spirit, today’s post is “Write a story where the food at a swanky dinner party is or seems to be alive.” For this, I’m going to keep it under 250 words. Read more of this post

Writing prompts

1. Write a dialog between two of your favorite characters from books/tv/movies.
2. You are a letter in the alphabet on your classroom wall chart. You are tired of being up on the classroom wall. Write about an adventure you could have if you were down for one hour.
3. Write a postcard to a sunburned hamster who is the worst singer in the world.
4. Write a short scene in which one character reduces another to uncontrollable sobs without touching him or speaking.
5. Write an essay which is full of grammatical, scientific, mathematical, or historical errors.
6. What is your favorite city and why? Describe it as though the reader had never been there.
7. Someone’s pet snake is loose in the classroom! Describe what happens. (I know someone who would get why I chose this!)
8. 250-300 words * porn * sushi
9. Is there an opposite to real love?
10. If you could have somebody else’s hair for a day, whose would it be? Why? What do you like about that person’s hair?
11. Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.
12. Was it supposed to be funny? What memory does the word ‘prank’ stir up for you?
13. Pick 10 random words and write them down. Now create new meanings for them. What do they make you think of? What do you think they mean?
14. Write a brief biography of an old inventor who is shipwrecked on a desert island.
15. I found the strangest thing in my pocket.
16. Would you prefer to have $10 million dollars right now or $1 million a year for 10 years? Why?
17. “The cat’s out of the bag” is an idiom that indicates that a secret has been revealed. Write a story or poem that illustrates this idiom.
18. Write a letter to a know-it-all private eye who ages 20 years in one day.
19. What did you once lose? Write about your search to find it again.
20. Write an excuse for not working today.
21. Write a word portrait of a loved one.
21. POV – third person (omniscient) * male character – under 18 * the first touch
23. Write a TV commercial advertizing an unpopular lawyer who ignores orchestras.
24. Imagine that you could be invisible for one day. Write a story about that day.
25. What was the oldest book you ever read?
26. Who do you want to be when you are 40? (Or 50 or 60, etc. if you are already 40)
27. You come home and check your phone messages. You get to the third message and freeze. Begin from there.
28. Describe the secret wish of a plaid dentist who thinks she is a cartoon character.
29. Why did you start your writing? Is that still why you write, or has your writing gone in a different direction than you’d planned?
30. POV – observer/third party * original female character * a celebration
31. You have some advice to give. Write a letter to someone and pass on your wisdom to them.
32. What does Sunday feel like? Write a poem or paragraph (or whatever) that explains your opinion of and emotions felt for the seven separate days of the week.
33. Write an ode to your favorite kind of pie.
34. She seemed like such a sweet old lady. Who would ever believe that she was really . . .
35. Pick an idiom and make up your own explanation for the origin of the idiom. Make it humorous if you can!
36. Begin with “Today I will…” and write for ten minutes.
37. Create a short story, piece of memoir, or epic poem that is 26 sentences long, in which the first sentence begins with “A” and each sentence thereafter begins with the next letter of the alphabet.
38. Write about a keepsake
39. What was your favorite childhood toy?
40. Write a myth about a jittery venus flytrap who discovers a talking frog.
41. (write for) 10 minutes * conflict * tulips
42. Pretend you were selected to receive a special award. Write the article that would be in the newspaper to announce your award.
43. Who have you forgotten about until right now? Think hard and list five people from your past that you really should have written something about by now but haven’t. Circle the name of the person who stands out the strongest. Write a description or brief memoir of that person.
44. If life was a TV game show, what TV game show would best reflect the life you’ve lived? Write about it.
45. (write for) 20 minutes * humor * a run-down bar at the edge of town
46. Of the three – mind, body, soul – which do you prefer? Which do you think is most important?
47. What would the world be like if all mothers everywhere decided to go on strike? Answer this question, along with questions like: Why did the mothers go on strike, and what would it take to end the strike?
48. Why would a fashion model refuse to have pictures in her house?
49. Look out your window and up at the sky. Do you believe in something larger than yourself?
50. The book you want to write. What’s going to be in it?
51. Really See: Choose an object that you can see well – something in the room, on your desk, or outside. Stare at it for a long time (5-10 minutes at least). Now, describe it to the reader as if they had never seen such a thing.
52. Imagine that the time is late at night, you are at home when the telephone rings. Create a story that includes this scene.
53. List 10 words that you like.
54. Can you think of a time when something that was poorly written caused confusion or trouble for you? Write about the experience. If you can’t think of anything, make something up!
55. POV – third person (omniscient) * female character – under 18 * storm shelter
56. Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child. How did you decorate it? When did you put it up?
57. Describe your very first job.
58. What makes it a game anyway? Somehow write about a childhood or adult game as if it was real life, not just a game.
59. Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
60. Put together a a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Fifteen

Now, I don’t normally do this, but sometimes a writing prompt just fits with something I’m working on in story.  This is one of those cases, so you get a little bit of a sneak peak *rough and unedited* into Vertigo because today’s prompt is: I found the strangest thing in my pocket.  Since there’s nothing more to this prompt, I let it take me somewhere.  Enjoy! Read more of this post

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Eight

Well, this writing prompt was very specific and yet simple.  The generator used was the one that I wasn’t at first in love with, and to be honest I’m not quite sure if I’m totally taken with it but when I pressed the button for my first randomly generated prompt I got this: <200-300 Words, Porno, Sushi> Needless to say, this may be a little mature of a prompt for anyone to read, but I’ll tell you right now, for a proper scene, it takes me roughly a thousand words-ish.  But I tried to keep this one short.  We’ll see.  Read more of this post

Two Months of Writing Prompts: Day Three

Is it me, or does this prompt make anyone else want to sing Hamizilla? Just saying…

Well then, continuing to catch up with myself, I give you the third prompt!

Write a postcard to a sunburned hamster who is the worst singer in the world. Read more of this post

What’s your middle name? Do you like it?

Yeah yeah yeah! I know! Using their generic prompts to make a post.  So sue me!  There’s some story behind my name, my middle name included.  The question wouldn’t take up a decent post, but I thought “Why not?”  So, real quick I’m going to do this.  My maiden name is Cecilia Avis Babcock.  Depending on where you look it up, my first name (Latin) means either Blind or Musical, my middle name (also Latin) means Bird, and though I don’t remember where it’s derived from, my last name means Lord of the Fighting Roosters.  Hows that for name symmetry?  Do I like my middle name?  Well as a child I was a little embarrassed by it.  How many grade schoolers would have let me survive knowing my middle name was Avis?  I was already hearing “Bad Cop”, a lame taunt yes, but to a six-year-old it was enough.  I love that I have an unusual name.  I have fond memories of groaning whenever an adult would start singing Simon and Garfunkel’s song.  As an adult though, I’ve come to realize that I’ve always been pleased with my middle name.  It’s unusual, and pretty.  Sure, it’s also the name of a car rental place, but I like it.

Just a quick note, my nickname Cici is also the name of a pizza place…my middle name is a car rental company…but my husband’s is a Jewelry store…Go figure!