A Fiction Writing Prompt to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
It was subtle, but it was there. The red carpet was stained. From a certain angle, the darker shade was clear.
Writing Prompt Expanded
We live in a universe of cause and effect. If we do something, then something happens. It’s why time flows forward for us. And, unfortunately, we can’t at this present time, change that. This week’s creative prompt was shade and so that’s being explored in this writing exercise. Although geared more to fiction, you can easily use this as a journal or self-care prompt: what causes and effects do you need to think about in your life?
To begin you need to explore why the carpet is marked and then decide what you are going to do about it.
- What caused the stain?
- Was it expected?
- What are you going to do?
There are two obvious possibilities that you might want to explore. I did make them pretty unsubtle with the wording of the prompt. A red carpet: could it be blood or could it be wine? But you don’t have to go down the obvious route, in fact, the real creative challenge for writers is to explore the unexpected.
As always these writing prompts are optional and entirely open to your 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, use the hashtag #ffwp or tag me @darrenrhill. I’d love to read what you create. Write and enjoy the learning process.
Original carpet image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay
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