We’ll try to put up a writing prompt every day. Use it however you see fit; my personal method is to set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and write in response to the prompt. The prompt might be or become the first line of a story, or a premise, or a line of dialogue, or a question. Feel free to change the verb tense, person (i.e., “I,” “You,” “he/she/it/they,” etc.), or pronouns to feel more natural too what you want to write. There’s also no need to quote / restate the prompt (unless you want to), take it literally, or even use it. Maybe it’ll make you think of something else. Share what you wrote in the comments, on your own blog, write a bestselling novel with it, or just keep it for yourself. It’s all up to you!
It’s Monday and you know what that means: Nope, not unfunny jokes about not liking Mondays. It means situations and premises! They’ll have you love Mondays. Really.
A young man and woman sit awkwardly at a table for what is apparently a first, blind date. Neither is sipping their drink and they have not ordered their food yet. After some uninspiring, painfully slow conversation about banalities, the girl finally whips a Polaroid out of her pocket. It’s wrinkled and creased. “This is you, isn’t it?” His jaw drops open and his face drains.
“I knew it,” she says, showing emotion for the first time that evening, as a small grin of satisfaction spreads across her face. “I’ve been looking for you for years.”
(Note: Don’t feel obliged to use the gendered pronouns above).
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