Adult Writing Prompts
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Among the Shadows: Tales from the darker side of L.M. Montgomery (the writer of Anne of Green Gables).
What makes a story creepy? There are obvious things like ghosts, graves, death, etc. But, what could you write without obvious creepy things?
I still think the real horror isn’t the stuff made into a typically horror movie or book but the day-to-day stuff we all but take for granted. The real horror is losing your place in the world. Losing your credit card – that flash or flush you feel when you realize you didn’t just misplace it in the house.
Horror is simple and strong at it’s best. Being chased by bloody corpses, ghosts or assorted made up monsters does not compare to the horror of getting audited for unpaid taxes, not being able to find your child in a department store, or … what?
5. You have been possessed by the devil! How do you deal with this and how do you make every effort to keep your soul possible? Feel free to go in a different direction from other possession movies.
I don’t watch horror so I don’t know about the typical possession in a horror movie. I’d write about the feeling of seeing yourself and not being yourself. Have you ever looked down at your own hand and felt it was not your hand? Some one else had taken it over. It’s a creepy feeling. You can become fixated on your hand and convince yourself it really isn’t your hand. Of course it is. Once you break your concentration on it everything goes back to normal. That’s how I would write about possession, sort of a self possession.
A fairly standard writing prompt is to complete a sentence with your own idea. Such as:
“I wonder how…”
“The car turned around and…”
“The scariest animal is…”
“The book opened to the page with…”
“She read the tea leaves and…”
You can go on creating more and more of those. So do it! Completing the sentences is one thing, it’s just as creative to come up with the writing prompt as it is to answer them. Work on a list of ten and then see if you can come up with another ten. Pick your best and use it as a writing prompt yourself. How would you answer your own sentence?
One Minute Writer: You have 1,440 minutes in a day. Use one of them to write.
Sixty seconds are on the clock, you have one minute to write about the topic/ word of the day. Daily writing prompt.
You forgot to make your bed this morning and your mom is on the prowl, ready to hand out punishment. In an effort to avoid grounding, make up an excuse (no matter how absurd) as to why you were unable to make your bed.