Writing prompt – overturned

Slipper limpet baby. Photo by Judy DarleyIn a local woodland, I happened across a flash of magenta pink. Intrigued, I reached out, turned it over and discovered a curious work of art – a figure tucked up as though in bed, inside a slipper limpet.

How could you explain this delightful oddity? Alternatively, could you focus on the theme of ‘overturned’?

Use either of these as the basis of a story.

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Slipper limpet. Photo Judy Darley

Writing prompt – clouds

Storm cloud over Bristol by Judy DarleySometimes a summer storm can creep in like a wall that hangs in the sky and threatens to fall. The contrast is so vivid – a perfect metaphor for a country’s political state or a family in crisis.

What do these forbidding clouds bring to mind? How could you use them in a story?

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Writing prompt – foster

Brandon Hill, Bristol, child in tree by Judy DarleyThe word foster is a slightly curious one, meaning as it does to harbour everything from suspicions to emotions to children.

Imagine a family that takes in a child. Are the motives of the adults genuine or suspect? Are there offspring resident who will colour the experiences of the foster-child?

What led to the child being fostered?

What can you introduce that will catch your readers by surprise and challenge their expectations?

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Writing prompt – traffic

Traveller caravan by Judy DarleyA bus I was aboard got delayed by this assortment of ponies and contraptions, and what could I do but admire the procession?

I particularly enjoyed watching the man to the left of the photo pause in his domestic chores to gawp at the scene. What do you think might happen next?

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Writing prompt – pools

Pendine Sands, brittle star. Photo by Judy DarleyAs a child, I thought there was little that could match the magic of a beach brimming with rock pools. Each one cradled a world that promised countless living treasures.

Why not give your character, whether they’re an adult or child, a chance to investigate their local shoreline and discover something unexpected? Could they encounter a chatty brittle star, for instance, or something far more sinister?

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Writing prompt – flash

Footprint. Photo by Judy DarleyJune is a joyful month for all things flash fiction-related, with National Flash Fiction Day UK happening on Saturday 15th June, with events happening nationwide and the Flash Flood journal publishing flashes throughout the day. My story Clatter will appear on the journal at around 11.10 a.m. BST.

Flash Fiction Festival is celebrating the mastery of the shortest literary prose form, from Friday 28th until Sunday 30th June.

Over in New Zealand, Micro Madness has begun, publishing a 100-word tale every day between now and 22nd June, which is Flash Fiction Day in New Zealand. My shortlisted tale Aftermath went live on 4th June.

Happily, each of these mini word-hits also serves as a fantastic creative prompt, firing up synapses with possibilities. Why not drop by to see what journey the published stories can set you off on?

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Writing prompt – deja vu

Kaunas, Lithuania, River2. By Judy DarleyThere’s something delicious about a fictional character riddled with uncertainty. Deja vu can be a great trick for introducing a bit of second-guessing that could lead in a multitude of directions.

Take the view above, for example. The moment your protagonist sees it, they know they’ve been here before. But when, and why? Or have they seen a photo of it, or even a painting? It’s a seemingly tranquil scene, so why has it unsettled them so thoroughly?

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Writing prompt – afterwards

Azores post religious festival. Photo by Judy DarleyI took this photo the day after Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres on São Miguel Island, the Azores. 

Just hours earlier, the streets were carpeted with pristine flowers and evergreen fronds. Now it resembles crushed confetti.

What else might have been altered almost beyond recognition during the mayhem of those religious revelries?

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Writing prompt – key

Key by Judy DarleyHave you ever found a key and wondered what it could possibly open? Have you ever lost a key and wondered where it could have gone?

Imagine that this is the key your protagonist has found. Where did they find it? To what adventures or discoveries could it lead?

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Writing prompt – expedition

Foz bikes at sunset, Porto, by Judy DarleyFollowing on from last week’s Specimens writing prompt, imagine if familiar 21st century means of travel no longer or had never existed, perhaps because of a lack of fossil fuels. No more trains, planes or automobiles!

How might your characters reach a crucial location? What challenges and perils might they face?

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