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May 1, 2013


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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:

One car
Two letters
Three days
Four girls
Five minutes
Six times
Seven years ago
Eight feet tall
Nine miles
Ten dollars

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)
A bribe

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?

Two letters?

Love letters?
Someone's initials?
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.
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
By referring to the concepts "in order" do you mean using "one car" first in the story, then next "two letters" and so on and so forth? Might be a silly question...but I just wanted to be sure. I'm a little behind on this prompt as I just had a baby at the beginning of this month...but I'm finally getting back into the swing of things and plan on writing this prompt even if I don't finish on time. :)
raspil Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Writer
you are correct on the concept of "in order" as described above. :thumbsup:

your baby is the priority, not this prompt; write for it at your pace.
willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Pleas don't hate me but I just figured everything out, thank you ^^; Sorry about all this spamming. I'll send you a note and things.
willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Okay, sorry for the comment spamming, but am I only allowed to suggest a piece rather than submit it? ^^;
willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! I've been trying to submit my story for this prompt but for some reason, I keep getting a message saying I'm not allowed to submit to this group (even though I'm a member) o_O I've actually never been able to write the story in time until this prompt, so I've never submitted anything to this group before. Am I doing something wrong...?
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi rasp! Long time, no see. B-)
This looks like a sweet prompt. I'll have to take a shot at it.
raspil Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Writer
hiya! :wave:

have at it. I still need some brain recovery time from Script Frenzy before I do any of these :zombie:
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: I understand. :giggle:
SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Writer
Brainstorming for this prompt was an awesome way to spend my breaks at job training today.

Some of my favorites:

One car... borrowed and totaled. (I wrote them separately, but I think they're more interesting put together.)
Two letters... in a time capsule. (Because time capsules are the shit.)
Eight feet tall... the height of a pile of bodies. (This might have been inspired by those of us who were in a different training class yesterday deciding that the super quiet new people we were with today were zombies.)

Most things I listed are generic, but you're right--they do get better as you go on. Well, somewhat... for me, a lot of the things got better, then went back to being plain Jane. I'm going to keep working on my lists of ideas for a while longer because some of them have just STAYED generic... I'm having more trouble with the ones that involve time, rather than objects, people or physical measurements.
raspil Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Writer
if you need help with getting started with any of them, let me know. we'll work it out.
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