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11.01.2017 20:06    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  internet writers workshop  

Each of us needs a little urging at time to write and create. These 20 minute daily exercises will assist you in doing exactly that.

Each day a new topic or thought will be posted. Clear your mind, and then just let all the ideas that pop up come pooring out. You are encouraged to write for about 20 minutes. This will be fun and interesting and may lead to a longer story or even an idea for a book. Have fun, enjoy and share.

The software WriteSparks! is an ideal tool for doing your exercises,  try WriteSparks! Lite for free.


Writing Prompt Topic: Packin' Heat


Guns are everywhere, and have been since the 15th century. In your scene the gun may be carried by anyone, man, woman or child. They used to say that if a gun appeared in the first scene, it had to go off before the final curtain of a play--but this is just the opening, so whether it shoots or not is up to you. If it does, the shot may be purposeful or accidental. Let your action take place anywhere at any time.

The assignment: In 400 words or less, write an opening scene in which at least one character carries a pistol, rifle, musket, hand-held machine gun, blunderbuss, or shotgun.

Critics: Consider how the possession of a gun by one or more characters affects their thinking and/or actions. Would the character with the gun be a very different person without one? Do we learn about time and place by what kind of gun it is and why it appears? Is the situation with the gun silly or serious? What part does the gun play in building tension that might lead the reader to read on?


Have fun!


This exercise first appeared at the Internet Writers Workshop

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