Sept 4 – Friday Favourites 1

Hi, all! I’m Monique and I’m going to be posting prompts each Friday this month.

The theme is “Friday Favourites” and means that each prompt will be a generic premise for a story that is also the description of a classic (or favourite!) novel.

The Prompt

A person wakes up, not quite remembering what happened the night before, and is surprised and upset by what they see outside the window.
(The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)


Change the genre. Instead of science fiction, turn it into a mystery. Or a romance. Or a children’s story.

Where (or when) do they wake up? ‘Window’ can be interpreted broadly.

Have fun!

Monique Cuillerier has always loved to write. She also enjoys procrastination. These two interests are frequently in conflict. Her stories have appeared in Round Up Writer’s Zine, Black Heart Magazine, (parenthetical), and elsewhere. She blogs sporadically (although more frequently during Story A Day!) at notwhereilive.ca

32 thoughts on “Sept 4 – Friday Favourites 1”

  1. The idea that spawned out of this will definitely go places. Guy waking up after a bender to find he signed up for a deep space expedition. I’m loving these prompts! πŸ˜€

    1. Whoa! Dark. I love the image of the window.
      See, at this point my critique group would cry, “tell me the rest of the story” and I would cackle and say “that’s a short story, right there, kiddos!”

      Well done!

      1. I must have forgotten to request replies to my comments for this day. But I appreciate your comment, Julie. This was a weird story to write, but I had some fun with it. And I cackle all the time. I don’t even like novels that seem complete. Maybe I’m weird that way. But I like having a chance to fill in some of the gaps myself. πŸ™‚

    2. Dark indeed! The misunderstanding would be funny if it didn’t come with such horrible consequences… Like it πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks! I can’t write something as a straight dark story, so I have to add in some humor. My favorite thrillers have that element of farce to them. The darkness pulls you in, but the humor keeps you focused. πŸ™‚

    3. I thought it was all good but I thought you did an especially good job on the seventh paragraph where the window melts and people are like molten marbles. I would not have wanted to be there. Yikes

      1. I love writing about dangerous situations and what happens when they occur with a ferocity. Perhaps this one was a little too much, but this is all about experimenting with limits, right? πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks, Monique! I’m often terrible at painting scenes, so I’m working a little harder this month at trying to do that. I think I’ve forgotten that in recent days, as I’m always too much into narration and dialogue than using adjectives and good verbs, but I need to come back to this one and read it again when I feel like I can’t describe something. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see more of your Friday Favourites prompts! πŸ™‚

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