Prompt This!

I’ve toyed with the idea of giving you, dear reader, a writing challenge. Actually, this wasn’t really my idea; Adventures of a Wanna-Be Writer put me up to this, albeit gently. The trouble with a writing challenge is coming up with a suitable prompt to either spark your interest or spark a decent bit of writing. So I put this idea on the back burner.

It wasn’t until I read Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites For Writers post that I found an interesting prompt, which I’ll get to in a second. My relationship with Writer’s Digest can be best summarized this way: 70% pure hatred, 15% feeling “you know, you’re actually kinda nice when you’re not being a royal bitch,” 10% “okay, let’s fuck,” and 5% utter guilt and shame over having committed the previous 10%.

So in that 15% when Writer’s Digest wasn’t being a stuck-up, condescending twat to me because I won’t spend $200 on a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans that only the truly douche-y wear, I did glean one “Best Website” that didn’t suck: The Story Starter, a random story starter generator.

Seriously, I spent the better part of an hour clicking through their suggestions, and giggling like a Twinkee-soaked fat kid that just saw Emma Watson sport a side boob. Then it hit me: YES! PROMPT THIS, WORDSMITHS!

Your challenge is as follows: go to The Story Starter, click on the “Click Here For a Random Story Starter Sentence” button, then write a short story based upon that first sentence. If the sentence generated sucks, well, then, click until you find something that works.

How many words? Ehh…your choice. 250 words? Sure. 500 words? Why not? 1000 words? Hey, now you’re being a showoff!

Post a link to your stories on the comments section below, won’t you?

Have fun!

PS: this is what Story Starter generated for me on my first click:

The slimy cow photographer rode the bicycle into the huge truck to conduct the dangerous experiment.

I think this might call for the appearance of two of my favorite self-penned fictional characters, Claude Balls, and his assistant, Heidi Salami. I’ll post mine later tonight.

About Gus Sanchez

Mild-mannered corporate cube monkey by day, swashbuckling, fearless writer of fiction by night.
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19 Responses to Prompt This!

  1. Bats says:

    This is interesting. I might try it too.

  2. Michele says:

    Okay, going to give this a try now…

  3. budsmith says:

    These story prompts are very interesting and very intriguing. I’m interested to see what you guys come up with, though I’m not participating. I always write about my cock, and that’s all I write about. Just my cock.

  4. Gus Sanchez says:

    Writing about your cock. Hmm…should be a really short story.

    *SNAP!*

  5. So glad to see that you actually did this! I’ll be participating if not tonight, then definitely tomorrow. Or the next day. Or sometime “soon.”

    • Gus Sanchez says:

      I still have to get my off my lazy ass and write this.

      I shouldn’t say “lazy;” I’ve been outlining the living hell out of my novel for the past 2 nights.

      Why am I online right now again?

  6. budsmith says:

    Yes Gus, why are you online right now?

  7. Okay.. might be showing off at 1500 words, but cut me some slack. I’m a novelist, not a short story writer – this one was my first. Mazel tov to me.

    http://wanna-bewriter.com/2012/09/16/fishing-for-the-electrician-a-prompted-short-story/

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