Each week I will post a prompt and a response. I'd love to hear your responses too. Add them to the response forum.
Prompt #3 (10th Feb 2015): This week I noticed a particularly interesting flower in the garden, so thought it would make a nice prompt. Here it is:
What I find particularly interesting about this is how one flower on the left has a totally different colour scheme to all the others. This is not trick photography, this flower really does belong to this bush, but it's colours are yellow and pink instead of the predominately pink with a touch of white on the others. I've decided to write a short story this week about someone who stands out. You could chose to write about someone who is unique for a whole range of different reasons. Perhaps your main character is picked on, or perhaps they use their unique gifts to their advantage. I'll post my short story soon so check back shortly.
Prompt #2 (30th Jan 2015): For this week's prompt I decided that a story starter would be a good option. I've given you three to choose from, you may like to use one, or two or try to combine them all. In honour of it being the first week back at school, for kids in Victoria, I've picked some that fit with this theme. Happy Writing!
Story Starter 1:
She stood alone at the edge of the yard, watching the other children play. It was only a few steps away, but felt like a million miles...
Story Starter 2:
"Are you nervous about starting High School?" She asked me. Well, dah! I thought, who wouldn't be? It's not like every book I've ever read says, 'High School is awesome!' And in movies too. Kids get picked on, bullied, excluded. Of course I'm thinking about getting lost and having no friends, OF COURSE I'M NERVOUS!
"Nar, it's cool mum." Why do I always lie to her?...
Story Starter 3:
"How was your day?" He asked.
"Dad, school is awesome!"
"Really? So what happened"
"Well, I really have to start at the beginning, it was a long day...
Prompt #1:I'll try to post you a new prompt once a week. If you have any ideas you'd like to share then feel free to contact me. I'll try to include as many as possible. Prompts will appear in reverse order.
This week's prompt is a photo:
This is a photo I took on travels in Nepal. I carefully considered my use of this picture on this website. I wouldn't usually use an image of a person without their permission, however, in this instance, since the identity is concealed I felt it would be ok. I think as writers and photographers, we have an obligation to our subjects to treat them with respect. This is important in writing. You need to treat your characters respectfully. The best characters are ones your audience will relate to. Even the 'bad guys' should have some redeeming traits or you risk alienating your audience. I hope this image will evoke a sense of empathy in you, use this to write a short story or poem of up to 500 words.