I came across few of these writing prompts in a book. I tweaked and modified most of them to suit our current needs: keeping our WIP in mind. I am sharing them with you all, in the hope that it will help us out of tight spots and knots in plots.
- Select an ordinary domestic item such as a teapot, a mug, a jeweled brush, a broom and write an article on it. For eg: the jeweled brush can belong to a princess, the broom can be a witch’s who has lost her magic powers. This prompt creates wacky short stories.
- Write a conversation between your protagonist and antagonist. This prompt can pinpoint the weaknesses and strengths of both the protagonist and antagonist and will assist when its time to bring them face to face.
- Interview your protagonist at different ages: 7,11,15,19, 23, we can even reach their old age. I am sure this prompt will be fun and will help us with our protagonist’s goals. What kind of a person has our MC become in old age, have they achieved everything that they set out to do? How did they achieve everything? Are they happy, or bitter?
- Try Time Warps. Imagine you or your protagonist coming back from the future and confronting your present self, or, the present day world. We can also send the protagonist into an alternate universe. This writing prompt can also be tried for the antagonist.
- Take some unusual pictures and write about it from the Point of View of one of the characters in your WIP. This will make us see things from that person’s perspective and give us a peep into that character’s mental makeup.
- Stare into the fire, clouds, rain, tree, a table, or, even a house and see what pictures start to form. The setting sun or the sunrise are wonderful prompts. Write the scenes that you see from the point of view of your protagonist. What feelings do these scenes evoke? What is the protagonist’s emotional state when he/she encounters the above scenes?
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