Wow! This is my last month of A Prompt A Day. April is going to be Greatest Hits Month. I've compiled the prompts that were the most inspiring to me when I first found them (plus two of the prompt suggestions I have received from other WeBookers). Many of them, I was disappointed in my own responses. Others, I just wished I could write several responses to the prompt. And . . . Here they are:
April 2 – Every day the sun comes up and every night it goes down again.
April 3 – Use a lyric from a song in a poem.
April 4 – Decorated.
April 5 – Change the physical appearance of a character you have already created completely and write an introduction to them.
April 6 – Describe a lake as seen by a young man who has just murdered someone.
April 7 – Take someone's final words (be sure to say who) and use them as the first sentence of a 100 word paragraph.
April 8 – Warmth
April 9 – Write a story in which a ghost serves as your main character.
April 10 – Use the following image and title for a piece of flash fiction: They Once Were Wild. (100-110 words)
April 11 – Listen to the radio (or put a music player on shuffle) and write down a few of the lyrics from the first song that you hear. Use these lyrics to jump start ideas for a poem or story.
April 12 – Practice your dialogue. Write a short story between two characters entirely in dialogue. Make it a bit unusual. (100-110 words)
April 13 – Write about someone who discovers a key.
April 14 – Here’s a 90-second drill: List items you can find in a hotel. When the 90 seconds are up, write a story that includes all of the words on your list. Set your story anywhere but near a hotel.
April 15 – In 400 words create your ideal place.
April 16 – M&M Candies "Melt in your mouth, not in your hands." Miller Lite "Tastes great, less filling." Describe yourself (or your writing) in ten words or fewer.
April 17 – Go to a public place (coffee shop, bus/subway station, library, whatever) during the day and sit down for fifteen minutes with a pen and paper. Watch people as they walk by going about their daily lives. Find a person who looks interesting and, just from watching them, write a paragraph about who they are, what they're doing there, whatever. Be as realistic or wild as you wish, but turn the stranger into a character.
April 18 – I once dreamed about . . .
April 19 – So you pick a place to go, the beach, the roof of a high rise, somewhere that will give you a scenic view-it doesn't have to be a beautiful place. If you don't have a lot of time, I suggest somewhere with a lot of traffic, shopping center, near a freeway . With your mp3 , cd player or what ever devise you use , put your head phone or ear piece in and turn on piano music , just piano -no singing . Now , get out of your car , turn it up so you can hardly hear anything else and just look around you slowly take in all that you see. If this place doesnt do something for you, then try one other location and try again.
April 20 – His mood matched their weather; inclement.
April 21 – I need you to understand something before I kill you.
April 22 – Mildly Psychotic
April 23 – Finals Week: Finish this sentence: "That's what happens when you follow your heart..."
April 24 – Finals Week: Write the last paragraph of a story entitled The Door to Somewhere.
April 25 – Finals Week: Freewrite for five minutes. Begin with an adjective. Then, use something from your freewriting at the end of your piece.
April 26 – Finals Week: Write the last line to an unwritten novel that's so intriguing that others won't help but want to read the book.
April 27 – Finals Week: Use this cliché at the end of your story: burn the midnight oil
April 28 – Finals Week: Write the end of a story which puts a new twist on an old legend
April 29 – Finals Week: Write the last sentence of a story using words of one-syllable only.
April 30 – Finals Week: Write three sentences. Last sentence is lyrics from a song.