I'm so fried from work that I can't even stand it. However, I have a duty to you all to not phone in lame prompts. So here we go.
I'm going to give you all a list of ten numbers. With the number, there will be a noun/concept/element assigned. You are to write a story using all ten nouns/concepts/elements. Use them in any way you see fit. My advice is to not go with the first thing that pops to mind, but that is always my advice when brainstorming. The more interesting ideas that you attach to the nouns/elements/concepts (in addition to the way you use them), odds are the more interesting and vivid your story will be. So take a little time to get the ideas down that you want to give the nouns/concepts/elements and then plan the story. What I'd do is come up with as many ideas as you can and see if something starts to lead you to what you want to write.
I am hoping to squeeze in some time between editing my script and working and groceries and laundry to write this one. I've had this one on the burner since February. I really like it.
Here they are:
Seven years ago
Eight feet tall
Examples: What can "five minutes" be?
Five minutes until someone arrives
Five minutes late
Five minutes before you leave
Five minutes to do something
Five minutes left on the clock
What can "ten dollars" be?
The cost of something
The money in your pocket
What you're short wanting to buy something
What you tipped on a $10 dollar dinner bill (or $100 dollar dinner bill)
What about the car?!
Is it running?
Is it stolen?
Is someone trapped inside?
Is it for a birthday present?
Is it at the bottom of a ravine?
The only part of the license plate you saw?
Letters of recommendation that you were waiting for but never came?
Did a mistake occur because the letters should have been DR instead of MR?
(see how when i get the first ideas out of the way, the following ones are a little better? i do, but that's just me and i'm biased)
So get a bunch of ideas for the nouns/concepts/elements first, pick the ones that fit best and roll with it.
Here's the tricky part:
The following prompt can go one of two ways, your choice:
If you use all the numbered concepts in order, your word count maximum is 2500.
If you use all the numbered concepts out of order, your word count maximum is 5000.
Any genre, any POV.
Due May 31, 2013.
Note the link to your story to me either here or in a note with a link back to this journal.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask either here or in a note. If you need help, let me know. I am still here every day, even if it's not the hours I spent in the past.
damn told you i was fried... update 5-16-13
i should have put "minimum" instead of "maximum" for word counts. but since i effed it all up because i'm braindead, i'm not holding anyone to anything now. write what you want, word counts are null and void. you still have to write a killer story, though. i'll do better in the future when i try to put the spurs to you all.