Friday, June 29, 2012

Writing Prompt: 36 Minute Short Story

I'm back with another writing prompt idea for anyone stuck, anyone with writer's block, or anyone just looking for a new idea! This is something I heard about from the folks in my writing group. We randomly pulled cards from a few different decks (one deck was "setting", another "character") then from our four cards, wrote a short story in 36 minutes. 

Now, I'm not 100% sure how to do this random thing, so here's what we're going to do for the blog setup.

For your CHARACTER ADJECTIVE, choose a number from 1 to 5. 
For your CHARACTER NOUN, choose a number from 6 to 10. 
For your SETTING, choose a number from 11 to 15.
For your PROP, choose a number from 16 to 20. 
For your ACTION, choose a number from 21 to 25. 

I know it's kind of weird, but bear with me! And choose the numbers before you go on and see the lists. 

1. Grumpy
2. Embarrassed
3. Rich
4. Clever
5. Malicious

6. Uncle
7. President of the United States
8. Cowboy
9. 10-year-old
10. Police Officer

11. Garage Sale
12. DMV
13. Waterfall
14. Campsite
15. Swimming Pool

16. Barbie Doll
17. Jellyfish
18. Smoke
19. Microphone
20. Wheel

21. Kissing
22. Saving money
23. Firing someone
24. Brainstorming
25. Entertaining friends

So, with your words, write a short story in 36 minutes incorporating each thing you chose! 

Tips for success: 
1. Think about what to write beforehand. 
2. Set a timer. 
3. Just write, don't worry about editing until after the time's up!

This is a great exercise to get a self-contained short story in a short amount of time. Let me know how it goes!

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