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23.04.2017 16:10    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.

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Writing Prompt Topic: My Precious


Exercise: In 400 words or less, create a scene in which someone hopes to throw out, sell, or give away an object or a collection of objects stored or displayed in a home. However, another person in this residence is not in agreement with the plan. He/she sees worth in the object or collection.

Your submission should describe the controversial object(s), provide insight into both characters’ point of view, and give your readers a hint of the final outcome.

We’ve often heard: Value is in the eye of the beholder. This saying is especially apt when people try to agree on what merits storage or display space in a home. A spirited discussion on this topic often ensues between domestic partners or people sharing a house or apartment.

In this week’s submission, try to create such a scene. Your story might center on a collection of old photos, an array of forty-year-old bowling trophies, dusty boxes of antique dishware, a garbage bag stuffed with hundreds of milk jug lids, or tottering stacks of washed Styrofoam platters that once held ground beef.

In your critique, were you able to visualize the item(s) under discussion? Did you understand why the two people were in disagreement? Were their arguments or explanations convincing? Could you imagine the outcome of this scene? Did the story raise your interest? Why or why not?


Have fun!


This exercise first appeared at the Internet Writers Workshop

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