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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Writing prompt – links

Daisy chain. Photo by Judy DarleyI spied this daisy chain on the footpath near my office, curling over the grey flagstones. The petals are already closing up as though nightfall in on its way.

I love that it’s a reminder of nature in the midst of the city, and of childhood in a drearily grown up setting.

Who might have linked these flowers stem by stem? What moment of hurry caused them to drop it? Where might they be now?

And who might find the chain? What thought and action might it prompt in them?

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Writing prompt – delivery

White chocolate albatross egg_photo by Judy DarleyImagine waking to find an expected delivery in your living room – an egg so beautiful and speckled it seems to glow with light and colour.

Could something have crept into your home to lay it? What might hatch from that exquisite shell?

Now hype up the intrigue by expanding the egg to at least the size of your sofa.

By the way, this particular eggs-ample (sorry, couldn’t resist!) is a white chocolate confection apparently resembling an albatross egg.

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Writing prompt – fruit

Tomato. Photo by Judy DarleyDo you ever find it hard to believe that a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable? By this logic, how can we know that a dog is a dog, a pigeon is a pigeon or that a rock is a rock (and not a tortoise)?

Take this idea further and question all of your surroundings, piece by piece. Or consider this rather beautiful tomato and imagine it being extremely large, or yourself extremely small, and see where your mind carries you. If you want to go the other way and picture yourself being extremely large instead, go ahead. I won’t judge, promise.

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Writing prompt – encounter

Boy meets turtle_Photo by Judy DarleyInspired in part by Michael T. Miyoshi’s fantastic response to last week’s #WritingPrompt – Oddity, this week’s prompt features an inquisitive turtle.

What could a kind-natured, mischievous boy and a wise, curious turtle learn from one another? Given the opportunity, what adventures might they have together?

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Writing prompt – oddity

Wheeled Rock, Kaunas Lithuania. Photo by Judy DarleyI met this wheeled rock in Kaunas, Lithuania. I’m sure there’s a perfectly sensible reason why a rock should be fitted with a wheel, but what could that reason be? What springs to my mind is Terry Pratchett’s sentient suitcase with feet, The Luggage.

Could this rock be in the midst of some mind-boggling mission? Might it not be a rock at all? What unseen powers might it possess? How could the wheel aspect contribute to your plot line?

My favourite response so far, received from Michael T Miyoshi via Twitter: “I’m not a rock! I’m a tortoise without rear legs. A good Samaritan fitted me with the wheel.”

Well, of course, that makes perfect sense!

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Writing prompt – missing

Missing cat_photo by Judy DarleyThe other day I re-watched Big, in which Tom Hanks plays a child transformed by a wish into an adult, and was struck by the skilful storytelling within that movie.

The placement of a milk carton with the hero’s childhood face on it added poignancy to a scene whilst serving to remind viewers of his true self.

Imagine a ‘missing’ poster in your neighbourhood and think of the unexpected revelation or subtle depth it could layer into a story. Then have a play.

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Writing prompt – discord

Devil and accordian. Devils Museum, Kaunas Lithuania. pic by Judy DarleyThe accordion is a devil’s instrument. No, seriously. When visiting Kaunas, Lithuania, recently, I spent some time meandering the three storeys of the Devils’ Museum (highly recommended, btw), and saw numerous statues of gurning devils clutching elaborate squeeze-boxes.

Somehow, it was no surprise. Unless played with uncommon skill, these tricky instruments sound somewhat like outraged felines. Far from accord, all you get is discord.

What instrument or implement could you give the villain of a story to provide an insight into their depths of depravity? Go brash, or go subtle – you could set the whole tone of your piece.

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