Last month, some of the members of my local writers’ group decided they wanted to start doing a monthly writing prompt. It then occurred to me that I haven’t written a new short story since I moved away from my other writing group, seven or so years ago!
Since I already posted a few of my older results on my Short Stories page, I thought I’d include this one as well. First, this is the “assignment” I came up with for the group –
WRITING PROMPT FOR JULY
As mentioned in the meeting notes, we’ve decided to offer a monthly writing prompt for the group. Here’s how it works –
~ Using the prompt below, write a short story (1,000 words or less) and post your result to the Yahoo email loop (not to this group) by July 4th.
~ Read other member’s results, and come up with at least one positive note for the story (“Your dialog works very well”) and one critique (“Your paragraphs are too long”). You can either reply through the email loop, or at our next meeting.
~ You don’t have to write a story in order to offer notes on other stories. Readers are always welcome.
~ Participation is completely voluntary.
Now, for the prompt. I wrote this as a hat tip to the first prompt we did years ago for the Raymond Writing Group. Hope you have fun with it!
You’re browsing through the books at your local library or bookstore. A title catches your eye, and you take it from the shelf – as soon as you open the cover, a sealed envelope falls out. What is in the envelope and how did it end up inside the book?
To be honest, I finished mine a day late, and 127 words over the limit, but it felt good to shake the rust off a bit. If you’re interested in reading my mental knuckle-cracking, I added it on my aforementioned short story page, but if you click HERE, it will bring you directly to the story.
Do you enjoy doing writing prompts/exercises? If so, what are some of your favorites?