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realiotrulio ([personal profile] realiotrulio) wrote2007-12-23 09:17 am
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In the Beginning, There Were Prompts

I have always wanted to be a writer.  Ever since I can remember.  My mother has, in her basement, what I thought of as "books" that I wrote when I was five and six years old.  When I was eleven or twelve, I decided to write a book (which turned out to be embarrassingly reminiscent of The Outsiders, my main literary influence at the time).  

But, now that I have time on my hands and I could write as much (or as little) as I wanted, I find myself shamefully devoid of ideas.  My creative-self, which used to be inspired by the small part of the world in which I found myself, seems to be starving.  

I need to kick-start my writerbrain.

So, I started to think about my most prolific and creative periods.  When did I write the most?  When did I write my best?  When I was in school.  When I had assignments.  When I had creative writing classes.

This is where you come in.  

I need assignments.  Writing prompts.  Something to inspire, to stimulate, to rouse my seemingly-dormant writerbrain and make it work.  I need your help.  Desperately.  I'm begging. 


1.  Writing will officially begin on January 1, 2008.
2.  Prompts can be offered at any time starting right now.
3.  Prompts must be left as a comment on this journal.  
4.  Prompts can be a single word, a phrase, but must be no longer than one sentence (you've got to leave me room to be creative with my response).
5.  Beginning, January 1, 2008, I must post a response to a prompt of my choosing on a daily basis.
6.  If I run out of prompts, I still have to post something daily (in other words, I need to find my own prompts....and, just like anyone else, I will leave the prompts as a comment in this journal).


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[personal profile] off_coloratura 2007-12-23 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
A room you've never noticed before

The aquarium

Stepping through the wall

Re: Prompts

[identity profile] 2008-01-03 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the prompts! I used one of them today. :)
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[identity profile] 2007-12-23 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Your car breaking down

Re: Prompt

[identity profile] 2008-01-29 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompt. *smiles* I used it today. :)

[identity profile] 2007-12-24 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
Blonde roots on a redhead.

[identity profile] 2008-01-03 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, and feel free to return the favor...I'm not going to cherry-pick off of the *great* ideas your friends have, because this isn't mine (I have an odd sense of propriety--sorry), mostly because I don't want to compete with the same idea.

Of course, I *could* just ask my flist for prompts...

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[identity profile] 2007-12-26 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
1. Birthdays
2. Smiling to keep from crying
3. Ways of making love
4. One thing wrapped around another
5. A sea monster
6. Not knowing with whom to sympathize
7. Flying
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[identity profile] 2008-01-03 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the prompts! I used one of them today. :)

[identity profile] 2007-12-26 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Conflict with friends

Season change

Favorite pet

[identity profile] 2008-01-11 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompts. One of them inspired today's post. :)

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[identity profile] 2007-12-26 01:33 pm (UTC)(link)
A friend brings you an ancient book in an unknown language. You open it and the first sentence you read is "If you wish to live, tell no one you can understand this."

[identity profile] 2007-12-27 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
roses in winter

[identity profile] 2008-01-01 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompt! I used it today. *smiles*

Prompts (taken from shadesong's LJ)

[identity profile] 2007-12-30 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
1. Breakfast cereal
2. Comfort food
3. Imaginary friends
4. Waiting sucks
5. I can tell by the set of your jaw you’re trying hard to care.
6. She had her mother’s hands
7. Skinned knee
8. Staring at the cold, iron bars that separated him and me…
9. You really need to stop picking at that
10. Parent’s nighttime vigil over her child
11. Cello
12. Sunburn
13. The last time I was here, I was someone else.
14. Pie
15. I know better than to wish for love
16. Because to him, you are food.
Edited 2008-01-04 02:19 (UTC)

Prompt from your Other Mother

(Anonymous) 2007-12-31 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
One day I woke up and the whole world was yellow.

Explain it.

[identity profile] 2007-12-31 04:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Why would he do that? Why the number 11, why the red hat? Why? The whole fucking thing doesn't make sense to me.

Your Mom

(Anonymous) 2008-01-02 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
She was only 4 but she knew something was wrong and she wanted her mother...

(Anonymous) 2008-01-02 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
A young lade who realizes she is a terrific flirt but disastrous at the next step. Actuality. And who and what is the person that changes that pattern for that poor unfortunate girl.

Can't wait to see what you come up with. "It's the least I could do."

(Anonymous) 2008-01-02 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
You know of course that was supposed to be "lady" and not "lade".

I didn't want you thinking I was an idiot and bypassing my prompt because of it.

I'm paranoid. What can I say.

[identity profile] 2008-01-02 04:16 pm (UTC)(link)
A wedge of cheese and a piece of chocolate.

A glass of red wine.

Waking up before sunrise.

Blue silk and silver bells.

A hawk.

[identity profile] 2008-01-08 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the prompts. I used one of them today. :)


(Anonymous) 2008-01-03 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
"What the Hell is this tree doing here?"


[identity profile] 2008-01-05 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompt! I used it today. :)

[identity profile] 2008-01-03 11:55 am (UTC)(link)

An abandoned victorian mansion.

a torrid affair with a much younger man.

a medieval forest.

fairies at Stonehenge.

[identity profile] 2008-01-10 11:55 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompts! I used one of them yesterday. :)

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[identity profile] 2008-02-01 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for these prompts. I used one of them today. :)

Frum Miloh

(Anonymous) 2008-01-03 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Treats and walks

Oh, just another

[identity profile] 2008-01-03 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Free fall.

Re: Oh, just another

[identity profile] 2008-02-14 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
Used this prompt today. Thanks. :)

(It came out a little schmaltzy...but, I think I'm allowed a little schmaltz, being a newlywed and all.)

[identity profile] 2008-01-03 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Kaleidoscope colors reflecting on a white wall

A card reading for Mme LaVeau

The shop that wasn't there

[identity profile] 2008-01-07 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompts! I used one of them today. :)

Happy birthday!
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[identity profile] 2008-01-04 01:28 pm (UTC)(link)
The one thing she wants that she can never have.
The light in the darkness.
Is flying worth the risk of falling?
Orange and cinnamon.
Edited 2008-01-04 13:31 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2008-01-05 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the prompts! I used one of them today. :)

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(Anonymous) 2008-01-04 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I was sitting at the desk in my law office, when the door opened and two deputies said, "You are under arrest".

Prompt from Dad

(Anonymous) 2008-01-09 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
We were watching the DANCE WARS. Nice mindless stuff. Got an idea from this.

Three close girl friends try out for one of those talent shows -- American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Wars, whatever -- one gets sent home and the other two get through, leaving the rejected one behind to go home.


(Anonymous) 2008-01-12 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Rings on every finger

I never thought...

The last pages

(Anonymous) 2008-01-14 10:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Being parachuted into a new location to live -- no friends, no job, not nowing anything about a place.

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