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Your Monday Prompt #23

Write a story in which characters meet for the first time. The occasion for their meeting is up to you, as well as how they interact, but make it clear it’s the first time they are truly interacting. You might try a third-person omniscient narrator so you can get the inner-perspectives of every character in the story. Whatever your approach, focus on the characters’ emotions and how they perceive this initial meeting.  Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time.

Write it up and see what happens,

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Your Monday Prompt #22

Write a story in which two characters who don’t get along have to work together to come up with a mutually-acceptable solution. Use a third-person omniscient narrator to tell the tale in order to show both characters’ perspectives as the story progresses; this will allow you to depict both action and each character’s reflection on their relationship. Perhaps two mortal enemies must defuse a bomb before they both explode. Maybe a feuding mother and daughter need to rally for their husband/father’s surgery. Or it could be two high school friends who had a big fight want to reconcile before graduation.

Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time, though if you’re truly getting into your characters it may take you longer to really get the story going.

Write it up and see what happens,

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Your Monday Prompt #21

Write about a character who’s desperate to find something lost or misplaced. Perhaps it’s something physical, like a long-lost CD running over and over in their head and they can’t find it. Maybe it’s something metaphysical, like a solid relationship with a parent. Explore your character’s feelings as the stakes of their search heightens throughout the story. Do they find what they’re looking for? Will they know they’ve found it? That’s up to you.

Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time. Write it up and see what happens.

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Your Monday Prompt #20

Write a story in which a couple is being interviewed about their relationship. Explore what they’re comfortable saying in front of each other, as well as what they might be holding back. Do they manifest this in other ways, like body language or silence? You might have a real couple in mind to act as your inspiration, or you might completely invent a new couple.

Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time. Write it up and see what happens.

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Your Monday Prompt #19

Write about either the most sinister character in the most innocent setting or the most innocent character in the most sinister setting. Perhaps a serial killer lives in suburbia across the street from a playground. Maybe a bright-eyed, job-seeking college graduate finds themselves in the red light district. Whatever the mix, make it clear why the sinister elements are sinister and why the innocent elements are innocent. Discover how the two opposites intermingle and co-exist, as well as how they effect each other as you write your story. Give this exercise at least fifteen minutes of your time.

Write it up and see what happens.

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Your Monday Prompt #16

Minimal directions today…

Write and don’t stop for fifteen minutes.

Set a timer, create an alarm, whatever. Don’t look at a clock and don’t hesitate – just write anything for fifteen minutes solid. See where it takes you. Even if it doesn’t make sense, don’t w0rry about it, just keep going no matter what.

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Your Monday Prompt #15.

Write a story in which the main character is an expert on a topic or process. Let the character take the readers through their area of expertise in vivid detail. Perhaps she knows the best way to clean and fillet a fish. Maybe he can take meticulous care of houseplants so they last years and years. Or it’s possible she can set up that magical combination of ten peripheral devices to one TV. There’s even a more fantastical route – he’s an expert dragon slayer or she can reprogram a robot not to destroy all humans.

Whatever their area of expertise, let the personality of the character guide how they tell the story. Their topic may be fascinating, but it should take a back seat to the way the character’s personality; concentrate on how they tell the story. Give this exercise fifteen minutes of your time.

Write it up and see what happens.

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