LJ Cohen brings us a fabulous writing prompt today, for Day 4 of the challenge.
This is an example of how you can put limits on your writing options, to increase your chances of getting your writing DONE on a day when it seems impossible.
I know, it sounds counterintuitive, right? Limits make things easier?
But it’s true (you can Google it. Lots of experts say too much choice is a bad thing!).
Play along with LJ today, as she encourages you to fill in the blanks, and then flesh out a story from your notes.
Let’s play Writer’s Clue! Stories are about a person in a place with a problem. We can use the basic structure (modified to inject conflict) from the game.
For this story, write about Mx [1. a non-gendered title, in case you’re wondering. Now I’m wondering how to pronounce it…].___________ in the _________ room with a __________.
You can choose ordinary places or objects, or magical ones, you can set your story in the past, present, or future. It doesn’t need to follow the plot structure of the game in that there’s a murder you are solving; this is just a way to give a story a kick start.
For example, from one of my stories: Ms. Ro Maldonado in the derelict ship’s bridge with a malfunctioning AI. Change any one of the choices, and you have a different story.
About LJ Cohen
LJ Cohen is a fan of the Red Sox, Doctor Who
& local food. A physical therapist for over 25 years, she now uses her clinical skills to hurt characters. She describes herself as a relentless optimist, potter, poet, and science fiction and fantasy writer. You can find her novels
in all the usual places. PARALLAX, book 4 of her science fiction series Halcyone Space will be available summer of 2017. http://www.ljcohen.net
Don’t forget to check out LJ’s books and to leave a comment or post in The Victory Dance Group to tell us how it’s going!