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Writing Prompts And Writing Journal
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Writing Prompts And Writing Journal

Here are some writing prompts to get started:

People always are gloomy on a cloudy day. What could be the reason?

Science has not yet been able to explain the amazing power of the brain over the body. How would things change if your state of mind could bring your body to amazing new abilities just because you believed you could do it?

Legends have always some piece of truth to it, but how much of it is true and how much has been warped over time?

Curiosity killed the cat. What kind of curiosity could get a person into deep trouble?

What would the personality of a plant be like?

What is your worst nightmare? Exaggerate it and think of the consequences it could have for a world.

What is the strangest thing you've heard coming in the middle of a conversation? Take that and exaggerate it.

What is the most absurd situation you have been in? Take the situation and exaggerate it.

What is the worst situation your character could be in?

If your pet was a person what would they do?

Feel free to twist these prompts as needed. These prompts are merely to act as springboards for ideas that will lead to a story. Expand and refine the ideas you get from these prompts and you will have a good foundation for whatever story you are writing.

Asking a lot of questions about your initial story idea will help you refine it and build up the world and story in a way that is satisfying. For example: Let's say you go with the idea of a mischievous imp. How far is this imp willing to go to harass the character? Would he do something dangerous or life-threatening? Why is he so intent on aggravating the character? What could go wrong in the character's life? (Hint: to answer this you have to figure out some things in the character's life.) When did the imp begin harassing the character? How does the character deal with imps's presence? How deeply does the imp's pranks affect the character's life? Is it just a mere annoyance or does it cause serious problems for the character that complicate his life and possibly ruins it?

When answering these questions err on the side of trouble for the character. This allows for conflict which is a driving force in any story. For example: The imp is willing to do dangerous and life-threatening pranks and the consequences of the imps's pranks cause serious problems for the character. At first the imp is light about the pranks and they start out as annoying. Then the character looses the trust of the love interest and is marked as a criminal and possibly a murder after he is linked to a fire that spread throughout a good part of the town. He has to flee from his home town meanwhile hoping the imp doesn't make things worse. But of course, our relentless imp won't allow for that. This is only the beginning of his troubles. No matter where our character tries to lie low he is always discovered via the help of the imp and he is implicated in other crimes. He may from time to time get a step closer to clearing himself but it is limited and at times even backslides. He may in the end clear himself but he will go through a lot of hard times before that and he has to figure out how to handle this imp that has just destroyed his life.

Besides these fantasy writing prompts, one of the best suggestions I have had in order to help writer's block is a writing journal. Write a page in a journal every day. It doesn't really matter what it is. It could be what happened that day. Strange things you over heard or observed, or sudden idea for a story. Dreams even can be useful if you write them down. Your brain comes up with bizarre things while you're dreaming, case and point: Frankenstein came from a dream of the author's, Mary Shelly, she used this dream to create the horror story we now know and love. If you write every day you will be able to go back later and use material from it.

Even every day things can be stretched and exaggerated to create something. Your little brother's annoyances could be exaggerated to create a devilishly mischievous creature like in the example who's only purpose in life is to make your character's life uncomfortable. Or the computer that seems to have a vendetta against you could become a magical object whose malice inflicts a curse of failure and dependence upon the object on its owner. The key is to develop the ideas further and exaggerating if necessary.


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