5 Writing Prompts

“What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, are utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us. We live, true, we breathe, true; we walk, we go downstairs, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed in order to sleep. How? Where? When? Why? Describe your street. Describe another. Compare.”

— Georges Perec

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This post contains prompts intended for generating thoughtful content with which a writer may work out areas they are not accustomed to exercising within their craft.

There are three uses for this post in mind:

You may feel compelled to make decisions before you respond, or you may write immediately after reading a prompt. However you approach these prompts, it’s recommended you read the entire prompt — with the amendments below it — before responding.

First Prompt

Two lovers in a 1950s style diner are seated in a booth before their food arrives. One of them is loquacious, the other laconic. The quiet one wants to use the bathroom and is trying to find a break in the conversation — however — they actually want to leave the diner — and the person they were there with — forever.



Second Prompt

A young, smart-looking couple return home after seeing a show in London’s West End. Having decided to return to the woman’s apartment, they unwind. One of them makes drinks. As they’re talking about their night in the living room, there is noise from the bedroom, and a barely-dressed, good-looking man steps out into their space, and addresses the woman with clear romantic familiarity.



Third Prompt

Someone wakes up alone in their room and goes about their business in getting ready for the day. Before they leave the room or see anyone, they discover they’re animated. Describe the psychological effects of their transformation, the perceptional changes that they have, their thoughts on interacting with humans, as they come to accept this change as their new reality of their being. What happens to a person’s mind when they’ve turned from human being into an animated being with the knowledge that they were once a human being?

Following this, someone else living in the house knocks on the door and calls for your protagonist’s attention. Write their interaction in detail.


Fourth Prompt

A man comes to a clearing in the middle of a forest and finds a single smooth tree stump from a recently felled tree. He sits on the stump, takes water out of his backpack and has a sip — before hearing machine gun fire. What happens? Explore anything you want but make it realistic.



ii. The forest is a movie set.

iii. This takes place on another planet.

iv. Change the protag to a transperson or a woman.

Fifth Prompt

A 16-year-old math professor sparks the ire of his students. Some of them confront and physically threatened him.





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