It’s here! StoryADay May 2017 is here!
I know you’re excited, so I won’t take up much of your time.
- Set your own rules for the month
- Get to the end of the story
- Post in the blog comments or in The Victory Dance group
Here’s your first (optional) writing prompt, from Gregory Frost, who is not only a great writer, but is also a wonderful writing teacher here in Pennsylvania. If you get a chance to see him at a conference or a college don’t miss it!
You attend the funeral of an old friend.
Afterwards, in the mail you receive a postcard. It’s from the friend, and it reads “I’m not dead. Meet me Tuesday night at 8 at ____________.” And signed by him/her.
First make a list of possibilities for how this could be the case.
Begin your story with, or after, the arrival of the postcard.
About Gregory Frost
Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, and Fitcher’s Brides) and various stories of the fantastic, including “No Others Are Genuine,” a Stoker Award finalist, and “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” a collaboration with Michael Swanwick that took home an Asimov’s Magazine Readers’ Award for 2015.
Leave a comment to let us know how your story turned out or post in The Victory Dance group. And we’ll see you back here tomorrow
16 thoughts on “The Dead Friend – Writing Prompt from Gregory Frost”
Here’s my answer to this prompt: https://storiesin5minutes.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/the-dead-friend-storyaday/
Loved this prompt … trying to decide to stop where I left off on Monday or to keep going … I can see this developing into a novella or at least a small collection of short stories!
I liked the prompt! However, I went with a previous flash fiction I wrote two years ago and wrote up a nine page sequel. I had such fun with it I might write up another sequel.
I love the idea of a sequel. I may steal that!
Thanks for the challenge. I completed NANOWRIMO last November but lost my momentum with the holidays. This is exactly what I needed to get back into daily writing habit. Love this first prompt! I’m a panster and have written about a thousand words so far. Can’t wait to see how it ends😜
Thanks for the video, Julie, and great first prompt!
Carol! How are you? Are you writing at all this month?
Woo! I just posted my rough draft on my blog 🙂 hopeevey.blogspot.com
Love the enthusiasm in the video! Totally inspired and looking forward to the month ahead! 🙂
Let’s see if I can keep up the energy as the month goes on 😉
Thank you Julie, I’ve never participated in this type of challenge before. I’m really looking forward to it! Wonderful first prompt.
Welcome aboard. It’s not always easy, but stick with it and you will be thrilled by what you achieve by the end of the month!
Great prompt! I like that this version leaves the meeting place blank. I’m going to have fun with this one.
Gregory Frost is the best! Have fun with it.
Thank you, Julie, for putting together this challenge. What a fabulous first prompt. I can’t wait to get started.