A Fiction Writing Prompt about loss to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
The word never is often used and frequently said in haste, but its real meaning was clear to me now
Writing Prompt Expanded
This week’s Friday Fiction Writing Prompt is about loss. We’ve looked at happiness and now it is time for a little sadness. The set-up is simple, something has been lost, something precious to your character. The thing lost is gone and it will never be with the character again. It is all about exploring the emotions that accompany absence.
Depending on your circumstances, and what you feel safe writing about, you can ‘lose’ anything. The ability to write objectively about something that can subjectively be very emotional for us can be difficult but is a valuable skill for writers of all genres and professions. The prompt has been created in the first person, but do change if that makes it easier for you.
The item lost can be anything. As mentioned above I want you to feel safe so be wary of your subject matter. Here are some ideas of items that can be lost.
- a person – the most basic loss that we all face at some point
- a love – for someone or something (or other emotion or feeling)
- an item – something that holds sentimental value, or practical importance
- an ability – explore the frustration that follows as you realise you can’t do something
- a pet – a loyal companion now gone
It’s possible that all of the above could be used simultaneously if you’re writing a disaster epic.
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. Write and enjoy the learning process.
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