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Prompts: 5 Purposely-Absurd Opening Lines

Oct 9, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Prompts  //  No Comments

I’m currently taking a class on “How Writers Write Fiction” through the Writing University Open Courses program. One of our assignments is to write 5 sets of opening lines for potential stories. I thought it’d fit in well for my Prompts series. So, here they are, for your writing enjoyment:

1. It took Suana 3.42 seconds to realize she was no longer dreaming. And another 1.58 to wish otherwise.

2. Some days, only the anticipation of apples from the tree outside his front window kept Kyle from pulling the trigger.

3. Ferrets are infernal creatures on the best of days.

4. "Well," Mother had said, "isn’t this ironic?" Sam couldn’t have imagined more appropriate last words.

5. Gary listed exactly thirty-seven reasons why it was wrong to kiss one’s brother. The fact that Casey has reciprocated didn’t change any of them.

Bonus: Use three or more in one story, keeping one as an opening line.

For more info about prompts, read my introduction here.

Prompts: Inanimate Object

Sep 18, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Prompts  //  No Comments

Write from the perspective from an inanimate object.

Bonus Point: If you never mention which object you’re writing about, but can still make it obvious through your words.

For more info about prompts, read my introduction here

Prompts: Love Story

Sep 11, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Prompts  //  No Comments

Write a love story between two characters without using the word “love” or “romance”. Show, don’t tell.

Bonus Point: If you can write the story without any dialogue.

For more info about prompts, read my introduction from Monday.

Prompts: Introduction

Sep 8, 2014   //   by Christina   //   General, Latest News, Prompts  //  No Comments

When I’m stuck in a writing rut, I like being challenged to write a story that fits a certain theme or follows a specific prompt/challenge. It makes me sit back and try to think of a unique angle to approach it. Whether or not it works out doesn’t matter so much to me. I have a lot of fun writing and get the creative juices flowing. And, sometimes, I write something I’m really proud of that wouldn’t have existed without that first push.

So, I thought it might be interesting to challenge other writers who might be in a rut themselves or want to have some fun with their writing. I’ll be posting weekly prompts on Thursdays of my own devising or calling attention to literary magazines that have their own prompts.

If you do use a prompt and your work is 2000 words or less, feel free to post up a link to it in the comments or email it to me at with the subject: “Prompt: <Title of Prompt>” (ex: “Prompt: Love Story”). Please post the story in the body of the email. I won’t open any attachments. I’ll try to get back to you with my thoughts on your piece. If it’s longer than 2000 words, you can still post a link to it. I just can’t guarantee that I can read the whole thing, and it would be unfair for me to comment on it if I can’t give it a good reading.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that if you post anything on a website, even a private blog, it counts as “published” to many literary magazines and, therefore, not eligible for submittal.