A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
The detective walked up to the store worker. “So you saw the man running away? Can you describe him?”
Writing Prompt Expanded
A key skill in writing is the ability to describe someone. All of the characters you create need to be believable. Your characters need to become real as your words are read.
This prompt is all about describing someone and making them real. However, you don’t know anything about them apart from what was seen. There is no backstory to your character. They simply ran past the store worker. So how real can you make them? What things are important to describe?
- What are they wearing?
- What do they look like?
- Do they have any distinguishing marks or features?
- What about the way they were running?
- What was their expression?
Beyond the fact that the police are involved and the character was running, the setting of this prompt is up to you. It could be a robbery. It could be a kidnapping. It might be about someone being recognised and trying to getaway. The main point is about describing the man. So let’s get those descriptive words and phrases going.
As always these writing prompts are optional and entirely open to your own interpretation. Use them as a starting point for a short story or something a little more grandiose. If you do write something, please share it or a link, in the comments or tag me. I’d love to read what you create.
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