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Writing Prompt #5

May 31, 2010

So far you’ve had a month of writing prompts, 5 per week, enough for at LEAST 20 stories if each one sparked only a single idea. Out of the different types of prompts so far – story seeds, bizarre facts, and inspiring imagery – what has been your favorite? Gotten any ideas? Completed any drafts? This is your blog, so speak out. Let us know what’s working and what else you want to see.

In the meantime, here are some new story seeds to get your motor running this week. To help you pick one, here’s a 5-sided dice roller (wouldn’t I love to see one of those at the game store):
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Story Seed #1
This story takes place IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE
…in AN ENCLOSED SPACE
…found IN THE CLOUDS.
The story centers on A PUBLIC SERVANT
…who comes up against A MILITARY LEADER.
At some point, someone discovers A WEAPON.

Story Seed #2
This story takes place DURING THE GREAT PLAGUE (1665-1666)
…in A PALACE
…found IN A SAVANNA.
The story centers on A LIBRARIAN
…who comes up against EXTREME WEATHER
At some point, someone discovers A LOCKED CHEST.

Story Seed #3
This story takes place DURING THE GOLD RUSH
…in A WELL
…found ON AN UNCHARTED ISLAND.
The story centers on A DANCER
…who comes up against AN ACCOUNTANT.
At some point, someone discovers SOMETHING FROZEN.

Story Seed #4
This story takes place IN THE 1950s
…in A LABORATORY
…found IN A BOG.
The story centers on A SOCIALITE
…who comes up against A LOCAL AUTHORITY.
At some point, someone discovers LOVE.

Story Seed #5
This story takes place DURING THE RENAISSANCE
…in A PLACE OF BUSINESS
…found UNDERWATER.
The story centers on AN ASSISTANT
…who comes up against AN ANIMAL EXPERT.
At some point, someone discovers SOMETHING EMBEDDED IN WAX.

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