Category Archives: Plinky Prompts

A Room with a View (or Just a View)

We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description.

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

— Joan Didion

Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time?

from Writing 101: A Room with a View (or Just a View) by Ben Huberman

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Nature Personified

Watch some living creature(s) in their natural environment: a nest of garter snakes, an orb spider, a gopher mound.

Write a short story featuring the creatures, but describe them with human characteristics: personify.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

We Are Happy From …

Grab your smart phone and make your own “We Are Happy From…” video.

Team up with a group of friends, classmates, teammates … and work on your “lip dub.”

 

(name it Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city])

 

Read about Pharrell Williams at wikipedia.

Read about youth who cannot create and share such a video.

 

Watch, but not all of it at once, a 24 hour version of Happy, http://24hoursofhappy.com

 

Put your town on the map: http://wearehappyfrom.com/map

 

Tools:

Google Drive

WeVideo and WeVideo Help

iPhone WeVideo App

 

Yellow: #ffd202

 

How to get your video to the YouTube without paying the premium?

Publish your project, once published the project can be exported. Export it to your Google Drive (notice the YouTube icon is grey and requires an upgrade premium to click).

Wait a bit of time.

Look for your exported “happy.mp4” inside your “My Drive”. Download this file to your desktop, then upload it to your youtube.

Worked for me.

Be careful how many times you “Export” there is a “bumper” on the free account that only allows a few MBs or minutes to be exported. Be certain you are ready for export and export only the once.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Potion

You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

$5,000,000

You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away – but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Community

Your entire community – however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues – is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Poker

You’re set to play poker (or Scrabble or something else . . .) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game. Or, describe the ideal match: the players, the relationships – and the hidden rivalries.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Award

You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Mysterious Potion

You encounter a mysterious man offering you a magic potion that, once sipped, will make one of your senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) super sharp ? but dull the others. Will you sip it, and if so, what sense do you choose?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

First Name

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Wake Up

Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Ugly

Write about something you consider “ugly” – war, violence, failure, hatred – but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Evil

Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email