Tag Archives: story

List

Who doesn’t like a good list? Let’s make one today.

  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around List? We’re here to help:

  • Write a countdown of your top-ten [insert the category of your choice]. Cookies, sci-fi movies, Disney villains… the possibilities are endless!
  • From Mozart to Dua Lipa (not to mention Billy Joel), list songs have been popular for centuries. Write your own, or adapt an existing one for your new post.
  • Tell a story — fictional or not — using a list as the device that frames your narrative.
  • Create a new playlist of songs that channel your mood today, and share it on your blog. (Bonus points: you can even embed it from YouTube, Spotify, and other services.)
  • Photographers, I’ll be honest: I don’t know what a visual list might look like, but I trust your ingenuity to create something amazing!

Hidden

Today, let’s tune out the noise and turn our eyes to things that are normally hidden.

Ready to roll? All you need to do is…

  • Write a new post on your site in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Hidden? We’re here to help:

  • What’s one thing about you — that you’re comfortable sharing, of course — that nobody would ever guess unless you told them?
  • Is there a spot in your town — a small park, a café, a bookstore — few people know about, and that you consider your own hidden gem? Tell us what makes it special (no need to name it if you’d like to keep it secret!).
  • You’re about to bury a time capsule for the next 30 years. What 5-7 objects would you put in it to represent your life in 2020?
  • Photographers, share an image of an object or a landscape that’s only partly visible.
  • Tell the story of a time when you discovered a hidden, previously unknown power within a person close to you.

Three

Today’s prompt is all about trios, triptychs, and other things that come in three parts.

Ready to roll? All you need to do is…

  • Write a new post on your iBlog in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Three? We’re here to help:

  • Write about the three objects, books, songs, people, or places that best tell the story of the past year in your life.
  • Share a photo that makes great use of the rule of thirds. (Or, as an alternative, go for an image that showcases three subjects, whether they’re human, inanimate, or something else.)
  • Haiku famously call for three verses. Write a few (maybe… three?) about something you saw on your last walk.
  • Publish a short story or a piece of memoir composed of three sections or vignettes.
  • Think about where you were — geographically, mentally, academically, or any other way — three years ago. What’s the biggest change you’ve gone through during that period?

Distance

Whether your brain thinks in feet, meters, leagues, or lightyears, today let’s think about distance.

Ready to roll? All you need to do is…

  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Distance? We’re here to help:

  • During this time of physical (and/or social) distancing, what’s the thing you miss the most about being in close proximity to others?
  • What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled from your hometown, region, or country? Share one thing that you learned in that faraway (for you) place.
  • Distance doesn’t have to be spatial — it can be temporal as well. Write about a period in your life that now feels as if it took place in a different galaxy.
  • Share a photo that stretches far into the horizon, or go to your window and snap a photo that includes the farthest object or structure you can see.
  • Write a story, poem, or imagined dialogue featuring you and a person you were once very close to, but who is now a distant presence in your life.

Bite

Your imagination is wide open with today’s prompt: Bite.

Ready to roll? All you need to do is…

  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Bite? It has so many meanings!

  • An injury. (“Charlie bit my finger!”)
  • A pinching or stinging feeling — physically (“Yikes, that chile has a serious bite.”) or emotionally (“That criticism is really gonna bite.”).
  • A chance. (“Okay, I’ll bite — what’s your idea?”)
  • A piece of something. (“Take a bite out of crime.”)
  • A slang term for a negative thing. (“I’m sorry to hear that — that bites.”)
  • An action. (“Keep away from the fence, they bite.”)
  • A mouthful of food. (“The part with extra cheese is the best bite.”)

Still not sure? Use one of the sentences above as the opening line of a story, a poem, or a photo essay and see where it takes you.

Hunches

A hunch is a feeling or impression that something is about to happen. Authors sometimes use a character’s hunches to create suspense or to tie together a group of events. For example, in “Stains,” the mother has been afraid for her son “for a long time. She realized that when the doorbell rang at 4 a.m.”

Write a story about a character’s hunches. Try to use this hunch not only to create suspense, but to help explain the action that comes at the end of the story.