Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Road Trip

I've had stories published that were the direct result of a writing prompt. In fact, the first story I ever had published came about when I incorporated three different writing prompts as a challenge. Following those prompts helped me discover a story of murder and mystery that I didn't know was in me. With that in mind, today's prompt contains five elements to choose from in a scene regarding a road trip. This one is wide open. I can see that it could easily incorporate humor or horror! Or just a slice of life with a moral. Let me know what YOU find.

Pumping Your Muse Writing Prompt

Write a scene involving a 9 hour road trip that turns into a 12 hour road trip. Choose three details below to incorporate:

  • Two vehicles
  • Two families (one with children, one without)
  • One drives a van pulling a trailer (what kind of trailer is up to you. Anything from camping, horse or other livestock, to a moving trailer)
  • Top goal, get through a major city before rush hour
  • A family pet (your pick)

    Have fun!
  • Saturday, May 27, 2006


    The Odd Couple, Felix and Oscar were a good example of two very different people trying to function as a household. One a slob and the other a neatnick. Write a scene with two main characters. Give them opposite personalities and put them into a stressful situation.

    Possible scenarios:

    Having people over for the first time

    Monday, May 15, 2006

    What's the Weather Going to Be?

    Write a scene with characters who have special plans. Base the outcome of their plans on the weather. Will it be rain? Snow? Hot? Cold?

    Sunday, May 14, 2006


    Sports--fun, stress, and more.

    Write a scene at a sports event from two points of view. The first from the player's POV and the second--the same scene from a spectator's POV.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    The Haircut

    Write a story centered on a haircut. It can be a makeover, or a bad hair day, funny or not. Haircuts are something everyone experiences. This can be a true story or a work of fiction.

    Monday, May 08, 2006

    Story Starter

    Tires screeched. Acrid smoke seeped into the car. Tory opened her eyes...

    Saturday, May 06, 2006


    Choose one of these settings and add a flashlight.

    Side of a dark road
    Under the hood

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    The Drill

    The sound of a drill--high pitched, low grind--what one hear helps prepare for what they see. Write a story based on the sound of a drill.

    Monday, May 01, 2006


    It's the time of year here in SW Florida when the fire danger is high. Recently, 400 acres burned a couple of miles from my home. Ash fell from the sky like large grey snowflakes. If the fire department knocked on the door and told you that you had to evacuate, what would you do? Would you leave or try to save your house? What would you take with you, if you had to leave within 10 minutes?