The Secret – a writing prompt from Marta Pelrine-Bacon

Today, Marta Pelrine-Bacon encourages us to get a bit mysterious.

The Prompt

She waited a week before revealing the secret.

About Marta Pelrine-Bacon

Marta Pelrine-Bacon is an artist, a writer, and a long-time StoryADay participant. Her debut novel The Blue Jar has recently been re-released, with a new cover, featuring Marta’s artwork.

9 thoughts on “The Secret – a writing prompt from Marta Pelrine-Bacon”

  1. When I first saw this prompt, I immediately went to mystery, horror, which is where my mind usually goes. Honestly, if the prompt was “a field of daisies” my mind would still go to the dark side. 🙂 But I really liked your point, Julie, about how the story doesn’t HAVE to go that way. So, I printed the prompt for future use and made a note to consider going in a different direction for me and my writing, maybe lighter, maybe just not as dark, maybe having the protagonist’s voice be middle grade or young adult , etc. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Every story: Somebody needs something unattainable until…

      …and therein lies the mystery of every story. What is it that this person needs, and why is it unattainable (internal, another person, nature, machine) until the person is nudged along (inciting incident) to go after it.

      I WILL do you justice in writing this one.

      Let’s see: The British Columbian sexy Big Foot needed to mate to propagate the species, but the only compatible one, according to eHarmony, was a young and clumsy Yeti in southern Tibet. The only thing standing in her way, other than distance, was a travel ban against illegal aliens keeping her from boarding a tramp steamer in Seattle and a hunter determined to bag a Big Foot for a Fox reality show.

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