The creativity jump starters below were borrowed from Eva Deverell’s site (https://www.eadeverell.com/100-days-flash-fiction-prompts/). I did take the liberty of changing the order, a word here or there, and added a couple “feel free to” directions. My reordered version appeared on Write the First Word’s Facebook Page during the launch of that page.
Take a look and most of all ENJOY!
Suggestions: Keep all of your pieces in the same folder or notebook. Close your eyes and think about the prompt for a few minutes. Challenge yourself to go beyond the first thing or obvious thing you think of when you write.
- Day 1: Write a story that begins and ends with a bicycle.
- Day 2: “Please shut the…” *Bonus challenge–don’t use the door, window, or curtains/drapes.
- Day 3: A single lily, a cliff, and three hours.
- Day 4: Use this line: “His wife was having tea with the King and he didn’t even know about it.”
- Day 5: Use each thing in your story: a light-tent, an actress, and two worlds.
- Day 6: Story sandwich. Remember, don’t overthink it. If you can’t work up a story or poem, start making lists about what the phrase means to you.
- Day 7: Someone goes to extreme lengths to return something he/she borrowed.
- Day 8: “Smoke hung so thick in the library’s rafters that she couldn’t read words in it.”
- Day 9: A story entitled “The Fate of the Telegraph Operator.”
- Day 10: “The floor tasted like…”
- Day 11: Sitting in a language class for aliens.
- Day 12: A story about someone who is obsessed with marmalade. Feel free to substitute another food item in place of the marmalade.
- Day 13: A balloon, a ball, and balustrades.
- Day 14: An impulse buy leads to intergalactic warfare.
- Day 15: Steampunk sleeping beauty. Feel free to substitute another fairy tale character in place of sleeping beauty.
- Day 16: “There were 48,000 gods in their mythology and not one…”
- Day 17: Someone’s life takes on a new meaning after they discover an unusual tree.
- Day 18: Lancelot, flannel, and aeronautics.
- Day 19: An explorer with MPD, a widow, and a house in the woods. TIP: Look up everything “MPD” could stand for before you write.
- Day 20: A sailor returning home finds his wife knows every detail of his life while he was away.
- Day 21: “The color of her blood was the least of my worries.”
- Day 22: A plague, a piece of chalk, and viridian.
- Day 23: The story of how your parents met, transposed to the Victorian era. Feel free to replace parents with another family member, yourself, etc.
- Day 24: A substance which generates ideas, a spy, and one minute.
- Day 25: An unfinished work of art, a mycologist, a sense of foreboding.
- Day 26: Invent a creation myth involving string and feathers.
- Day 27: Mind controlling wallpaper creates happy ending.
- Day 28: “Winter was the only season we could be together.”
- Day 29: The language of flowers, pajamas, and a secret passageway.
- Day 30: “She liked to fit people into the world like puzzle pieces.”
If you share your work on your own blog or pages, please drop me a link. I’d love to see your work!