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Pain – Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.

Impact… beat… nothing … beat… and then the pain shot through me, a pain like nothing before. - Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

Impact… beat… nothing … beat… and then the pain shot through me a pain like nothing before.

Writing Prompt Expanded

Have you ever stubbed your toe, your little toe? Or stepped on a sharp object whilst barefoot? I find it almost impossible to walk across a stony beach without wearing a shoe or sandal. Our feet are sensitive and they let us know when they are uncomfortable, or in shock.

This prompt is all about pain, immediate pain. It is about describing the intensity and the suddenness.

  • What does the pain remind you of?
  • How does the pain in your foot affect the rest of your body?
  • What senses can you use to describe the pain?

It is always possible that your reaction to the initial pain leads to a near farcical chain of events. And the good thing about it all is that this is fiction and you haven’t really hurt your foot… but keep an eye out for things laying around on the floor.

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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There is no one – Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.

There is no one. Shops are closed with windows boarded up or just abandoned. It looks like a ghost town. What has happened… Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

There is no one. Shops are closed with windows boarded up or just abandoned. It looks like a ghost town. What has happened…

Writing Prompt Expanded

How about a little apocalypse? Of course, it doesn’t have to be. That’s the freedom you have in these prompts. I thought it would be good to describe the emptiness of where your protagonist is. To explore and develop your descriptive toolbox.

One way to do this is to contrast the still and silent with the normal busyness and noise. Make comparisons as you describe the location.

  • What would normally be taking place?
  • Who would regularly be seen here?
  • What sounds are now long gone?
  • Without people do the buildings take on personalities or human traits?

And of course, there is how this all makes the protagonist feel.

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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The white fluffy clouds – Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.

White fluffy clouds drift gently across the azure sky. The sight transports me back at once. The memory, as vivid as the heavens - Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

White fluffy clouds drift gently across the azure sky. The sight transports me back at once. The memory, as vivid as the heavens.

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Sights and sounds, tastes and smells, and touch sensations are powerful. They can bring back memories long-forgotten, both good and bad.

This prompt allows you to explore how seeing the clouds in the sky brings back a memory. As the memory is vivid allow yourself to explore the other senses.

  • What can you hear?
  • What can you smell?
  • Is there an associated taste?
  • What do you feel, underfoot, fingertips or somewhere else?

Although you can draw on your own memories I would advise not using this prompt to remember your own past. That could bring up painful and other negative thoughts. So please be careful. These prompts are for you to enjoy and develop your writing ability, not work through serious trauma. Please find someone who can help you if you need it.

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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It stopped – Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

It is quiet. The constant background noise has ceased. That means… yes, the rain, it has finally stopped. Can we possibly venture out... Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.

It is quiet. The constant background noise has ceased. That means… yes, the rain, it has finally stopped. Can we possibly venture out…

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There is plenty of scope for exploration in this prompt. In essence, it is about change and our characters’ reaction.

I haven’t included a setting so you can approach in whatever way the muse leads. It could be a family stuck in a tent on a camping holiday. It could be the remnants of the human race surviving in a shelter from some toxic contaminant.

  • How do the characters respond?
  • Who is the first outside?
  • Who makes the decision?
  • What happens when they venture forth?

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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I coughed – Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

“I coughed. My chest felt tight. We had been told they were the first symptoms. Now I had them… “ A Friday Fiction Writing Prompt

“I coughed. My chest felt tight. We had been told they were the first symptoms. Now I had them… “ A Friday Fiction Writing Prompt with a little nod toward the current season.

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, either share it or a link, in the comments or tag me. I’d love to read what you create.

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Yes, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Please ignore this and move on if it is a little too soon or too close to home.

I have been fascinated by the reactions to the current pandemic. They have ranged from complete and utter terror to the blasé. This prompt enables you to explore the feelings of a character in this first-person narrative.

  • Where do they stand on the spectrum?
  • What are their reasons for reacting the way they do?
  • What are the immediate priorities?

No rules. No word counts limits. Simply explore and write.

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What The Last Emperox by John Scalzi told me about creativity

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
A book review

Creativity flows throughout the universe. To be creative we merely need to step into the flow and create. The flow is elusive, but it is there. Sometimes it is hard to find, other times it is clear. Creativity takes us from one place to another.

The Last Emperox is the final part of the Interdependency trilogy by John Scalzi. The story involves humanity connected by a series of flow streams that allow travel between distant star systems. Unfortunately, and this is the nub of the trilogy, these streams are breaking. Each planetary system relies on trade with others. In fact, only one system has a habitable planet. Therefore, breakdown means slow death for all but those who can get to The End – the name of the habitable system.

“People starving is not the point?” asked Tiegan. Deran pointed. “Close. People starving is not the point. People who are afraid of starving is.”

The Interdependency series
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The Last Emperox (Book three)
The Collapsing Empire (Book one)
There Consuming Fire (Book two)

The solution for some is simple:

“So your plan is spaceships for some, and riot control for the rest,”

But for our main protagonists, they want to save as many as possible. This creates a battle between dynasties, science and business. And provides the story arc for the three books.

“It’s the end of civilization as we know it. And it’s going to be great for business.”

John Scalzi’s writing is, as always, quick-witted, engaging and full of surprises. The final instalment hurtles as fast as the ships through the flow streams. It has plenty of shocks along the way and reaches a satisfying conclusion. Like all good science fiction ‘world’ building it also provides space for spin offs, prequels and sequels. An enjoyable piece of space opera.

I found out that the second book in the series was written quickly. The author admitted this, but unless you are Douglas Adams it seems deadlines have to be met. I felt that the second book was a little rushed. If you’ve read it, I’d be interested to know if you felt the same? That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy it, but it could have been polished a little bit more IMHO.

There is some social commentary throughout the series. Dealing with an impending crisis is the same whether it is on a universal or global scale. This gives plenty of scope for the author to explore the reactions of the rich, the greedy and the altruists… and I hasten to add that those are not exclusive terms for our characters.

But at the end of it, everyone assumed that something or someone would come along to save the civilization that they lived in and could not conceive of actually disappearing.

And so I come back to the beginning. Creativity. You can study being creative. There are umpteen courses on how to be creative. The Internet is full of videos and tutorials on creating this and that. I’ve even made some myself. I see a similarity between the flow streams and the creative streams that I believe exist. The universe of the flow streams reminded me of how I can catch a glimpse of an idea…

Which is when Marce’s conscious mind intruded into his dream. I’ve seen this before, it said. Where have I seen this before?

… yet to try and truly understand creativity is beyond me. I turn to metaphor and analogy. I find it in other stories, other universes and other characters. But…

One could anthropomorphize the Flow all one wanted, but the Flow would not agree or consent to it. It was literally alien to this universe.

Creativity is. I am creative. You are creative. Nature is creative. We live in a universe that creates. Creativity is flowing all around.

I believe in the muse. The muse exists. When we get together something happens.

They both came away from the meeting feeling like they had manipulated the other precisely, which meant it was a good meeting.

I’m not sure how it happens and, to be honest, I don’t really want to know. Creativity is a gift and while that gift keeps giving, I am happy.

The current world crisis, Coronavirus, that interrupted the previous world crisis, climate change/pollution/excess, has enabled us to think about how we live. How we act in a crisis is a choice each of us makes. With that in mind, here’s the last quote from the book. A book (series) that I enjoyed and recommend.

Proster spread his hands wide. “These are the times we live in, Archbishop.”
“We make the times we live in, Proster.”


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