Time to Write a Horror Story

Imagine that like Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, you will write a supernatural tale ”to curl the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.” What will be the opening lines (or even the ending lines) of your ghost story? Who will be your hero or evil doer?  Describe him or her  — or it.  Use your nightmares to help you.

What Stories Does Your Pet Have to Tell?

Through some miracle you are able to understand the thoughts and conversations of your favorite pet or animal.  The creature’s thoughts and words astonish you — they even shock you.  They provide you with the rare chance to see the world in an entirely new light.  What stories do you hear the creatures tell?  What do you learn?

Tell Me About the Bully’s Life

There is a bully who terrorizes everything, including you. One afternoon you follow him home and hide behind a bush in front of his window.  Peeping in, you see him in a whole new light.  He is not the same person you know at school.  Describe him in his home setting.

‘Tell Me What Your Dreams Are’

Diana Nyad, 64, just became the first person to swim more than 100 miles from Cuba to Florida without a cage to protect her against sharks. The trip took 53 hours and was her fifth try in 35 years. “I got three messages,” Nyad told reporters. “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team,” she said. Asked if she could be an inspiration to others, she said simply, ”… you tell me what your dreams are. What are you chasing? It’s not impossible. Name it.”
So, that’s the question for today’s prompt: What is the dream you are chasing? What dream do you want to make come true?

What If You Ran A Poem Store?

I read about a person who sets up a table with a typewriter in Los Angeles with a sign that reads, ”Poem Store. Your Subject Your Price.” And people who pass by can ask her to write a poem about any subject that is on their mind. One woman requested a poem on ”New Beginnings.” A man asked for a poem on ”LongTime Love” to give to his wife. The poet then begins to type and soon pulls a written poem from the typewriter and reads it out loud. For the poem, a customer can pay what he or she wishes and place the money in a tin box that sits in front of the poet’s typewriter. Now it’s your turn: Why don’t you run your own poem store and have a friend or fellow student request a poem from you on a subject that is important to them? See what you can write — it doesn’t have to rhyme, but it should be from your heart.