Start with this: “The night Max wore his wolf suit…”
Write a scene that includes: something heart-shaped, an annoying sound, a green highlighter.
Start your story with a borrowed title: Twilight of the Superheroes. (Thank you to Deborah Eisenberg.)
Start your story with a list: Objects that seem to be sad.
Write a scene that includes these things: a cheque, a piece of muslin, and home fries.
One word prompt: Write everything you know about salt.
Make a list of words that are synonyms for blue.
Describe a patch of grass or clover without using the word “green.”
Write a scene that includes a red chair.
Write a scene that includes these things: lentils, wireless, 24 karat gold.
Write what it feels like to bite the insides of your cheeks.
Write a scene that takes place in a rose garden at night.
Find the first line of your favourite story. Copy it. Switch all the nouns, verbs, adverbs & adjectives to your own words. Write from there.
Write a scene entirely in dialogue. One character is telling the other: “I love you.” The other person doesn’t feel the same. Use subtext.
Write without looking at your page. Dim the screen, or if you’re writing in your notebook, look away.
Write a scene about a heart-shaped pillow.
How is a staple like a handkerchief? Make a list of things that have nothing in common. Then write them as metaphors.
Title for your next piece: Typewriters for the Rich and Famous.
Make a list titled “Kitchens I have known.” Come up with 10 kitchens. Write a few sentences about each one of them.
Write about an inkstain, real or imagined.
One word prompt: cupcake.
One word prompt: cardboard.