Hello Fellow Writers,
We’ve got a long weekend ahead of us! Let’s warm up those writing muscles with a prompt. Don’t be shy. Give this a shot and leave your result in the comments.
And, of course, writing prompts are also great for getting to know and develop your voice. One prompt + a bunch of writers = a bunch of fantastic and very different results.
Which character compels you most?
A writer struggling to break a dry spell block, you visit a large city’s downtown bus station around midnight to soak up some atmosphere and (hopefully) find a hook of inspiration.Among the people you observe and monitor closely, are these four individuals (below). Each probably has an actual story and – even without conversing with any – each could provide an intriguing model for a character you’ll write.
Which one do you pick to write your story around?
- Older woman with clean but obviously worn clothing. She’s wrinkled, hunched over, and appears anxious.
- Female teen in a wheelchair… presumably by herself. Aware of her surroundings, alert to those around her, she smiles at each person who passes.
- Handsome man, about 30, with wrists cuffed and the cuffs chained to his arm rest. He also smiles, but only at the passing females.
- Older, tired, grungy man in the next seat — obviously a plain-clothes detective or marshal who’s transporting the guy in cuffs.Which one most grabs you as a character, around whom to build your brand new story? Why did you select that individual? What’s the genre of your new tale?