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16.Go outside with a blindfold on and sit or (CAREFULLY) walk around. Without the sense of sight, use your other four senses to describe your surroundings. Write about it, then go back outside and describe your surroundings using only your sight.
17.Your narrator has a disease/disorder/syndrome. What is it and how does it affect his/her life and relationships with other people? Write a scene about it OR write a scene in which the narrator realizes he/she has a problem/disease/syndrome/etc.
18.Write a story using forty words from my Handy Dandy Word Chart. Otherwise, there aren’t any other restrictions. You can change the tense of the word or make it plural, etc. Anything is fine as long as it is basically the same word. Example: SHIFT, Shift-Noun, Shift-verb, Shifting-verb, Shifted-verb, shifts-pl. noun, Shifty-adjective, Shiftily-adverb.
My Handy Dandy Word Chart is here: http://www.box.net/shared/2z14u3yqss (sorry it isn't a link, the link didn't work, just copy and paste that into the navigation bar)
- Current Mood: curious
13. Write a scene that contains anger and frustration and the words: lip, crossed, picnic, & wrist
14. Listen to a piece of classical music. Title your piece the name of the arrangement and the composer and write a response to the music. How it made you feel, incorporate it in a story as a major influence on the plot, what story you think it tells, etc.
Photographed by Bharat Sikka for TIME
This is a tennament building in Bombay. Write a poem in response to this photograph about anything, what you see, who lives there, etc.
- Current Mood: melancholy
10. Go to a random page in the dictionary. Find the biggest , scariest word on the page and write it at the top of a page. Use the letters in the word to make as many words as you can and write a story with all the words in it. Kudos if you can fit your original word into the story.
11. Write a six-paragraph story about whatever you like. The only limitation is that each paragraph must have at least 30 words and each must leave out one vowel. Example, you might leave out E in the first paragraph, Y in the second, I in the third, etc.
12. Describe your idea of a utopia for the general people. What about a dystopia?There isn't a poetry one because both 10 and 12 can be poems. Have at it!
- Current Mood: silly
7. Write down a strangers overheard telephone conversation. There are two options to this:
a) listen out and write down a part of a real strangers telephone conversation, then continue it. (personally, I think I’m going to try this one)
b) make up a telephone conversation.
8. You are an old (wo)man who enjoys sitting with your friend or yourself people-watching in crowded places. Why?
Poetry Prompt (this one could be poetry or a story so you can do it whichever way you like)
9. Write a poem/story about a Holstein cow. It could be on a farm, in your house for some reason, in a dream, whatever. Title it “Ode to a Holstein.”
- Current Mood:busy
Here are today's writing prompts, enjoy!
4. Imagine you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop during your lunch break. There are two men and a woman sitting in the table behind you talking [in whispers, urgently, enraged, tearfully, or a combination]. What is their conversation and what is your reaction?
5. You are at the zoo and you stop at a(n) [insert animal here]. You can’t take your eyes off of it and you don’t know why until you realize it is trying to communicate with you. How is it trying to communicate (with their hands? Are they talking? Are you hearing their thoughts?) and what are they trying to tell you?
6. Pick one fact about a relative that you haven’t ever spoken to- or if you have, only briefly- and write a poem about this fact, filling in the holes of info you don’t know.
- Current Mood:accomplished
1. Write a drabble centered around a newspaper with the words: Bloom, Ran/Run, Hat, Cover, & Shock
2. Write a response to or include in a piece the quote: "I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony." -Catullus
3. Write a poem with the title: "Clippings"
- Current Mood:creative