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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

Wtf...
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. :)
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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.
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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.
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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? ^^;
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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...?
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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.
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:iconraspil:
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:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: I understand. :giggle:
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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.
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:iconraspil:
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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Shyanne-Kai Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Ooh, love this idea! Definitely going to think about this and complete this one. :excited:
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Writer
awesomeness!
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:iconagmeade:
AGMeade Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
Oooh. This is a great one. I'm pretty excited about i.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Writer
sweet!

i keep trying to stump you but you're uh... hmm... unstumpable? that sounds awful but you know what i mean

(i hope)
((you rock))
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:iconagmeade:
AGMeade Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   Writer
I am apparently stumpable. Not really. I wrote for June, but it ended up being something I wasn't okay posting.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   Writer
no worries. you'll make it up.
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:iconkurokawa-hatake:
Kurokawa-Hatake Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I've never participated in this group because of school...so now that I have the summer off, I think I'll do this one. :)
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
awesome! have fun with it :D
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:iconkurokawa-hatake:
Kurokawa-Hatake Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I will--I just have to worry about using them all and having my writing flow together. Or be choppy. It's just depending on my mood.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Writer
so plan your story. your mood shouldn't affect that to much of a degree.
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:iconkurokawa-hatake:
Kurokawa-Hatake Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's true--I'm making an outline right now. :)
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Writer
good deal. :thumbsup:
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CrispyWonderMint Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
I'm really excited about this prompt. So many ideas come to mind, but it's always amazing what happens when you've had time to let it simmer for a while.
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raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
thanks for the co-sign on that. it does mean a lot. i like to think that the first few ideas clear your mind and the ones after that blow your mind.
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CrispyWonderMint Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Writer
No problem! :D I like the way you put it, too. The first few ideas tend to be what's clogging the better ones from betting through until you slog through them.

The way I see it, you can't know how many doors are open if you don't take the time to explore.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Writer
i like the way you put that. great minds here!
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Siartha Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This sounds fascinating. I'd love to give it a try.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
i have sent you an invitation to the group. while you are welcome to try the prompts on your own, in order for your story to be considered for the gallery, you must be a member.
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Siartha Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! Thank you so much! I think I might start with another prompt first though, since this one requires a bit of planning.
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raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
by all means, try something else first to get your feet wet. look in the journal link on the right, all past prompts are there. they never expire. there are some that are "easier" than others to get you started. have fun and good luck to you, i'm a note away if you ever have questions :w00t:
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Siartha Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I think I will start with this prompt after all, I've already started writing for it, and I feel like I can really work with it.
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raspil Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Writer
good to hear! :w00t:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
Sounds fun. And maybe I'll have time for this, since it's May and everything's over.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
for sure, for sure.
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Writer
:nod:
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willwriteforhearts Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
O_O This sounds so fun!!! Really want to do this. I've said that before, but I think I might actually have time for this one ^^;
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
good deal and good luck to you :-)
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TheBloodyEpicPumpkin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
Would going backwards be considered in order?
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
:iconyoutriedplz:

lol just kidding that was mean

if you have an idea and want to try this, you are welcome to, but it will fall under the 5000 word count category.
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DarkGoddessK Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Wish I could.... Maybe I'll try. I don't know yet.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Writer
it'll be here when you do know. :hug:
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DarkGoddessK Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thanks, hon. ^^ Life's a bit...off kilter. When it gets back to kilter, I'll let you know.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Writer
right on :hug:
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DarkGoddessK Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
:hug:
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neurotype Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much. No idea if I will do it this month, but fuck yeah.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Writer
word.
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:iconmackwrites:
mackwrites Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
This looks really fun, I'm sad I'm still busy! I know I can come back to it, but it's still more fun doing it on time.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Writer
i understand completely.
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SMAdams Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is intriguing. I have had a hard time getting into the rhythm of these, but I will try to give this one a conscious effort perhaps. (So much wedding planning this month!)
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Writer
good deal, it'll always be available so no worries.
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