Writing prompts that will muster your gusto and flummox your failures:
#11 – The Love Triangle
Molly posts a special announcement on her preferred time wasting social media site.
She announces that she is engaged to her boyfriend Doug. She also posts pictures of herself and Doug, along with a close-up of the sparkly diamond that Doug got her.
Molly’s friend/social media follower Kate is confused because Doug sure looks a helluvalot like Steve, her fiancé. Even worse, that diamond ring looks a lot like the ring that Steve gave her three months ago.
Kate has been beside herself with woe as of late because she thought she had misplaced said ring.
Or did she? What’s going on?
#12 – For God and Country
Super spy Dex Reynolds is on a mission to retrieve a set of stolen nuclear launch codes.
The only one who can tell our hero where the codes are is an octogenarian cougar by the name of Wrinkles Houlihan.
Wrinkles corners Dex in his boudoir and pops out her dentures. She removes her oversized rubber underpants and on cue, a bat flies out.
Will Dex take one for the team or will he allow the nuclear codes to remain in the hands of Wrinkles’ master, the evil fiend Dr. Mean Face?
#13 – Killer Doll
Phil moves into a new apartment. The rooms are bare save for an old, goofy looking doll with googly eyes and stringy yarn hair.
Recently divorced and feeling down, Phil laughs when he sees the doll and decides to keep it on his mantle in the hopes that it will bring him good luck. He even gives his new friend a name, “Patches” due to the green patch sewed into the doll’s blue pants.
Weeks later, a series of murders occurs in Phil’s new neighborhood. Every day, Phil turns on the TV only to discover a new report detailing the gruesome murder of one of his neighbors.
Oddly enough, each day, Phil notices that Patches appears to be in a different place on the mantle. Assuming that he is just seeing things, Phil shrugs it off.
Days pass. The murders continue. Phil is always in a different place.
Phil continues to believe he is nuts for suspecting the doll, but just to be safe, one night he tosses Patches into his fridge, shuts the door, and goes to bed.
The next morning, Phil wakes up to discover his fridge is open, his doll and all of his beer are missing, and the local news channel is reporting yet another murder.
What is Phil to do?
#14 – Kung-Fu Granny
While walking through the park one day, a mugger attacks you and your beloved granny.
You throw your hands into the air and tell the muggers to take whatever they want.
Granny, on the other hand, throws down her walker and gives the punk a taste of her sweet ass martial arts moves. Kicks. Flips. The works.
How did granny acquire this skill and why did she never tell you about it?
#15 – Intergalactic Inequality
In the hopes of discovering a planet that does not suffer from racism, a diverse group of human explorers take to the stars in search of a more open minded planet.
They find Quimbo, a lovely, resource rich planet. The Quimboners (look, that’s their name because words mean different things on different planets so get your mind out of the gutter) invite the space explorers to stay.
The Quimboners are humanoids. They are tall, have tough, scaly skin and walk on two feet.
More interestingly, they come in every color of the rainbow. Purple, red, blue, white, black, green, gold, orange and so on.
“I can’t believe on your home planet humans are mean to one another based on skin color,” King Quimbos, Supreme Ruler of All Quimboners and He’ll Thank You for Not Poking Fun at His Name or Title.
“Yes,” Major Krumpert, leader of the space explorers, replies. “We are so glad to have found a planet where racial discrimination does not exist.”
“It certainly does not exist here,” King Quimbos says. “Since the dawn of time, the Kuimboners have all gotten along, regardless of color. Why, the idea to not like our fellow Quimboners based on skin color never popped into our minds.”
“Glad to hear it,” Major Krumpert says.
The King and his royal guard take the space explorers on a tour of capital city. While out and about, the space explorers notice a series of signs:
- Butts not allowed.
- Butt free establishment.
- If you have a butt you’re not welcome here.
- Hey hey, ho ho, Kuimboners with butts have got to go.
“What gives?” Major Krumpet asks as he points to one of the signs.
“Oh,” King Quimbos says as he rolls all three of his eyes. “Our species evolved thousands of years ago to the point where we no longer need butts. Our bodies take only the energy that is needed out of food and then the rest spontaneously combusts without adding fat or excrement.”
“Amazing,” Major Krumpet said.
“Yes,” King Quimbos replies. “But alas, not every Quimboner was lucky enough to evolve. Quimboners with butts are dirty vermin, always ruining everything with their wretched butts. Those, they are second-class citizens, not welcome in any respectable establishment and forced into lives of involuntary servitude.”
Major Krumpet and his team all break out into a cold sweat.
“Why?” King Quimbos asks. “You all don’t have butts, do you?”
How does Major Krumpert extricate himself from this sticky situation?
And will the Quimboners with butts ever know justice and equality?
#16 – Hubert the Talking Dolphin
Billy swims too far out to sea but luckily is saved from certain death by drowning by a plucky talking dolphin named Hubert.
How did Hubert learn to talk?
What adventures will Billy and Hubert get into next?
#17 – Bubble Bubble Toil and…Aww, You Know the Rest
A coven of hag witches wants to cook up a spell that will make them beautiful and desired by all men.
What ingredients will they toss into their cauldron to make it so?
#18 – Upside Down
The year is 2150. The world has been conquered by a crazed cult known as “The Foot Hand Front.”
That’s right. They believe that man was meant to walk on his hands and manipulate objects with his feet.
They pass laws to that effect. No one is allowed to walk on their feet anymore. All personal movement must be done by using hands as feet.
Will the citizens of the world stand (on their feet or their hands or with any body part) for this?
If so, why?
If not, expound upon the ensuing revolution. Who will be the heroes of the “Walk on Your Feet” movement and what will their victories be?
#19 – Super You
Congratulations. You are now a super hero.
What will your super power be?
What will your costume look like?
Who will be your side-kick?
Will you have a fancy car, plane, motorcycle or other awesome conveyances?
What about high-tech gadgets?
Whether real or make believe, what will the city you protect be like?
And finally, who will be your super villain? (Muah ha ha ha!)
#20 – Love at First Sight
Do you believe in love at first sight? If so, write a scene where two strangers meet for the first time. What is the setting and what is it that causes them to fall in love?
If you don’t, what about a short story in which two people meet and over time, they grow to love and need each other? What series of circumstances would cause their love to grow over time?
And how much time would it take?