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This is a journal of writing prompts. It will not be added to daily, but I will try to update it frequently. The Cephalopod theme is just for fun! (Cephalopods are sea creatures, such as octopus and squid.)

Prompt: fairy tale retellings
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Retell a fairy tale from the perspective of someone besides one of the main players.

Use one of these?
- Cinderella from the fairy godmother's point of view
- Beauty and the Beast from the father's perspective
- Little Red Riding Hood, as told by the woodsman


Retell a fairy tale (or other famous story) from the villain's point of view. Well-known example: Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Maybe they aren't villainous in their own minds.

Personal request: I'd like to hear about The Little Mermaid from the wicked sea-witch.

Prompt: Shake it off
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Write something that includes these lines:

"He twisted his head sharply as if to shake off the images. The cords of his neck stood out. It hurt, a bit."

Prompt: God
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Write about a character's relationship with God, or with their religion/lack thereof.

For inspiration:

God Says Yes To Me

Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

Prompt: Unknown Father
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Write about a character whose father is questionable or unknown. For example, his or her mother's husband might suspect that the father is someone else. Does not have to be from the perspective of the child in question.

Prompt: Argument at a Wedding
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The setting: a wedding reception. The event: an argument of epic proportions.

What happened? Who gets involved? What's the argument about? Why are they causing such a row? Are the canapes any good? Does anyone get to find out how good they are (or how good they are not), or is the canape table overturned during the fight?

Tell me everything!

Prompt: The Kiss
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Write a scene in which two characters kiss. For inspiration, I give you Gustav Klimt's The Kiss:

Prompt: Bromance
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Seriously, write the premise for an intense and dynamic friendship between two men/guys. They ought to complement each other, as in, they should be very different but in a way that makes things work. I don't know, look up "complement" in a dictionary. Or wait, I will!


1 a : something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect



Something which completes, something which combines with something else to make up a complete whole; loosely, something perceived to be a harmonious or desirable partner or addition. [from 19th c.]

, The Guardian, 13 Dec 09: London's Kings Place, now one year old, established itself as a venue for imaginative programming, a complement to the evergreen Wigmore Hall.


Examples of felicitous bromances:

Captain James T Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek
Dr. Gregory House and Dr. James Wilson from House MD
Turk and J.D. from Scrubs
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
Bertie Wooster and his inimitable valet Jeeves

...many others.

Prompt: Snappy Dialogue
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Write a conversation between two or more people in which each line of dialogue contains one sentence or less.

Subjects may include:
- X vs Y would win in a fight
- feminism: female superiority or equality for all (and of course, for or against)
- a meta conversation about the way the characters' relationship manifests, especially in the context of conversations
- nihilism, solipsism, and other arguably egocentric modes of thought (ahem, nerd time: "Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism; at least it's an ethos.")
- "yo mama" contest or burn contest
- make up your own!

Prompt: Broken-hearted
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Write about someone whose lover of many years has just died, and they aren't allowed to go to their funeral. Why is this the case? How does our hero feel about this? Who is our hero? Are they old or middle-aged or youngish (not too young; they've had a lover for many years)? Are they the reflective sort or not? What effect does this death have on them?

Prompt: Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Write a character who knows that he or she is a character.


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