Very Helpful Writing Prompts
Imagine you are a piece of candy. Which brand might you be? What do you taste like? How should that candy brand work to increase their share of the market and best secure increased profits for their investors? Write a piece of flash fiction geared toward potential candy investors in the 1930's.
Imagine your beloved Persian rug that you spent $7,578 in Istanbul is stolen. Write an obituary for your rug that will run in the niche newsletter “Persian Rug Paper.” Remember, if you write more than 300 words you have to pay the premium rate of .75 per word for the obituary to run in print and not just online. There are many details of your relationship which will not fit. Edit, edit, edit!
Imagine you are a sentient lamp. What wattage of light bulb would you prefer to get from the store and why? Write out a shopping request note to your wife, who is a French bulldog named Colette. Include details of how you became sentient in the intro to the note to Colette so that she may read it and also become sentient. Don’t be selfish.
Imagine your most vivid and personal memory. Now acknowledge that no memory can be trusted as entirely accurate because of the vagaries of the human mind. Write this memory down anyway, add some made up extra stuff and publish it as a memoir. Give many interviews defending the complete accuracy of your work. Accuse other people of lying. Get caught but go on Oprah anyway. Get fired by your publisher. Lose your family and everything you value. For this exercise, write your suicide note. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH — it must be a work of fiction, no truth allowed. Written entirely in 140 character bursts. Published as a micro novel.
Imagine that your son wrote the bestselling book World War Z.Congratulations, you are Mel Brooks. Write and direct many seminal comedies.