Friday, May 20, 2011

100 prompts

I've decided to take on writing 100 prompts (10 minutes of fiction) between now and Labor Day. Here are the 100 prompts I've set for myself. If you're interested in playing this game, find a time most days when you can sit down and write (hand or computer) for 10 minutes a story or story beginning using this idea. I find it works easiest if I include the name of a character in the first sentence. Enjoy!

100 prompts

1. Road trip
2. Ice cream
3. Repetition
4. A key
5. Joni Mitchell
6. Accepting an invitation
7. Scars
8. In the scrapbook
9. It doesn’t work anymore
10. A house nobody lives in
11. Sitting in a car across the way
12. Changing your name
13. The hand that feeds you
14. The wall of not good enough
15. The long way around
16. The weight of sleep
17. The light was impossible
18. A crossroads
19. A stranger
20. The convenience store
21. What was forbidden
22. An expectation of pleasure
23. Mr. Bear
24. In the mirror
25. A map of his body
26. Drinking ice water in front of the heater
27. What she asked for
28. The last bicycle
29. Burning her hand
30. Grade school karma
31. Communion
32. Reunion
33. It was premature
34. The painting
35. Tired to the bone
36. Anonymous sex, unanimous sex
37. Sleight of hand
38. Out of sight, out of mind
39. If only
40. What if I had…
41. Bliss
42. Out the office window
43. Finding out the truth
44. Getting out the stain
45. Making the bed
46. In the airport
47. Better late than never
48. Doing without tea
49. The elephant under the bed
50. Scissors
51. Tuxedo cat
52. Gold mug
53. The checkbook
54. Sounds in the night
55. Clear sailing
56. The wind came up fast
57. The last of her friends to say something
58. They didn’t speak again
59. A yellow highlighter
60. On the bus headed downtown
61. She passed him at the corner
62. The right way
63. The right of way
64. A really bad idea
65. My pajamas
66. A separation from the beginning
67. Too many doors, not enough windows
68. We suffer well together
69. Falling on her like a stone
70. A dance partner
71. Young and empty
72. A hard thought
73. All the old voices
74. A dress that moved
75. When I broke the crystal on my watch
76. Too slow by half
77. In the studio in the dark
78. Red leather
79. What I thought at that moment
80. Cheerful beyond measure
81. Vision and revision
82. In a little town bar
83. The last aisle I walked down
84. Last seen
85. Moonrise over the coast of Maine
86. Holding it together
87. A toucan hanging from the ceiling
88. Red carnations, oeillets rouges
89. Van Gogh in the afternoon
90. Nicotine and diet soda
91. Overwhelmed by solitude
92. The oldest boy
93. Down the concrete corridor
94. Dancing to the kitchen
95. Restless deep in the bones
96. Wood and windows
97. Like the fools we were
98. Curly and stinky
99. Purple tulips
100 Her father’s disappointment

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