Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Jan. 1st

Starting next week, the weekly prompts will be moving to a new site. Link coming soon.

Theme: Expectations

Words:
shift
filtering
brief
paradigm

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Saturday Scribes December Writing Prompts

This will be the last writing prompt for ’09, then we’ll be back in January with a special New Year’s prompt.  In the meantime, feel free to browse through any of the older prompts if you need some extra inspiration. Thanks to all the writers who have participated, even during the slower, quieter times.   We’ll see you again in the new year!

Theme: Going home

Words:
never
last call
tomorrow
created
burying

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Nov. 27

Some more NaNo-inspired words for today:

Theme: Pass/Fail

Words:
struggle
desperation
triumph

Good luck to all the erstwhile novelists out there, as you enter the home stretch!

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Nov. 20

Theme: Midway

Words:
dappled
fearsome
firefly

For any of the NaNoWriMo novelists out there struggling to stay on track, despite increasinly unweildy plots and unruly characters, here are some suggestions to get your characters out of a rut. These don’t have to end up in the finished book, but they might teach you something about your characters
along the way, and besides, they’re far more fun than following a pre-planned plot:

  • Dream Sequences – great for wordcount, these can be written in pure freefall, stream of consiousness mode; best of all, you don’t have to worry about them making any sense (although you can feel free to pack them full of meaning and symbolism if you really want to)
  • Flashbacks – not sure where your characters’ motivations are coming from? Take a trip back in time. What were they like as kids? Did they experience any life-changing, momentous events (tragic or otherwise)?
  • Unexpected Encounters – How would your characters react if they were thrown into completely unexpected circumstances? How would they handle themselves if, say, the world was suddenly attacked by aliens? Invaded by giant pink mushroom-eating alligators? Or if the town they lived in inexplicably became a circus overnight?

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Nov. 13

Keeping it simple for this week.

Theme: Relativity

Words:
vindicate
rapscallion
arrested

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Oct. 30th

Hallowe’en and NaNoWriMo are both just around the corner.  Which one are you more excited about?

In honour of All Hallow’s Eve, we’ve got another spooky prompt for this week:

Theme: The stranger by the side of the road

Words:
barefoot
pale
suspicion
promised

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Oct. 23rd

Theme: Inside-Out

Words:
beyond
mushroom
synergy
isolate

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Oct. 16

Only 17 days until the start of NaNoWriMo. Get your poetry and short story writing fix in now, because come November, it’ll be nothin’ but novel for 30 days.

Theme: Versatility

Words:
chameleon
fickle
trump
promise

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts: Oct. 9th

On time this week!  Don’t forget to sign up for NaNoWriMo if you haven’t already. Only 23 days to go…

In November, along with the usual Saturday Scribes prompts there will be special novel-development prompts and exercises, for those working on their 50k-novel-in-30-days.  Participants are welcome to post links to their NaNo novel excerpts during the month of November.

Theme: Preparation

Words:
scramble
brag
human
factory

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Saturday Scribes (belated) Writing Prompts Oct. 5

Away again over the weekend, once again finding myself without internet access. I keep thinking we’re living in a Bruner/Gibson future where everything is connected, and then finding out my computer isn’t compatible with the hotel’s “plug ‘n’ play” internet access, and that my phone has mysteriously run out of minutes when it should be topping up automatically. Sigh. So here they are, a bit later than expected. Enjoy!

The overall theme for this week’s prompts is by request, in anticipation of All Hallow’s Eve (some of our writers wanted to try their hand at writing a scary story for Oct. 31st). I’ve included more than the usual amount of words, so for this week don’t feel you need to use all of them, just pick whichever ones get your fingers twitching.

Theme: What goes bump in the night

Words:
 darkness
 razor
 
whisps
 slithery
 circling
 black

 patter
 drainpipes
 dripping

 prickle
 tangled
 buried

(All of this week’s words were taken, somewhat randomly, from Neil Gaiman’s Hugo award winning novel “The Graveyard Book“)

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