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Writing Prompts – Missed Connections, Pt. 2 – Week of 12/20 to 12/27, 2015

Missed Connections, Part 2:

Original Article Can Be Viewed Here

“After browsing our local classified ads website here, I came across some amusing and downright lovely personal ads. So I thought I’d try something different for writing prompts today– I will give you a screenshot of the ad, and you will write a story about it. It can be the background to it or the conclusion to what happens after the ad is answered. The story can be either flippant or very serious. Your choice. But be sure to make it insightful and entertaining for your readers either way.”

(If the images are difficult to read, right-click, open image in another tab.)

Writing Prompts:

  1. Lobster Insomnia…

MC 1

2. Ode To Two Blondes Over A Christmas Dinner…

MC 2

3. A Wonderful Christmas Offer Of Kindness…

MC 3

4. A, ‘Finger Lickin’ Good Time’ With A Silver-Haired Fox…

MC 4

5. Jammed Up With Regrets, Just Say, Smuckers…MC 5

~Sara


#amwriting #WritingPrompts, Missed Connections – Week of 12/14 to 12/20, 2015

After browsing our local classified ads website here, I came across some amusing and downright lovely personal ads. So I thought I’d try something different for writing prompts today– I will give you a screenshot of the ad, and you will write a story about it. It can be the background to it or the conclusion to what happens after the ad is answered. The story can be either flippant or very serious. Your choice. But be sure to make it insightful and entertaining for your readers either way.

(If the images are difficult to read, right-click, open image in another tab.)

Writing Prompts:

  1. Udderly Enamored With Shapely Legs…

Writing Prompts 1

2. A Wonderful Thank You…

Writing Prompts 2

3. A Close Encounter Of A Blue Kind…

Writing Prompts 3

4. A Rendezvous With Florence Nightingale…

Writing Prompts 5.1

5. Smoking-Hot Ladies…

Writing Prompts 4

Good luck and write on!

~Sara


#amwriting #Holiday #WritingPrompts, Week of 12/06 to 12/14, 2015

Religious Themed Holiday Writing Prompts:

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
    -Describe how the Grinch changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
    -How would you help the Grinch if you were a Who in Who-ville?
  2. A Christmas Carol:
    -Describe how Ebenezer Scrooge changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
    -How would you help Ebenezer?
  3. Write a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa acrostic poem
  4. Rudolph’s nose was green!
  5. The gingerbread man jumped out of the oven and…
  6. Write about a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa memory.
  7. Off in the distance, I heard the sound of sleigh bells…
  8. Off in the distance, I saw the flickering light of candles…
  9. Describe your most entertaining Dreidel playing experience.
  10. Write about one of your family’s holiday traditions. Describe it in detail, tell how you feel about it, and what this tradition means to you.
  11. Write an unselfish letter to Santa, asking him to bring a needed item to a friend or family member.
  12. Essay: Research how Christianity and Islam are related and why Islam acknowledges Jesus (Isa) as a Prophet in the Qur’an (Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 45; Surat ‘Ali `Imran [3:45])
  13. What role does Isa/Jesus Christ have in Islam? Write about it.
  14. Why is Isa/Jesus also an important figure in Islam?
  15. Write about the importance Mary/Marium has in Islam.
  16. How is Mary/Marium also honored in Islam?
  17. How are Holidays celebrated and observed in both Judaism and Islam, do they follow a special calendar?
  18. Essay: Write about a Semitic language such as Aramaic (used during Christ’s time) and/or Hebrew or even Arabic. What’s similar, what’s different?
  19. Essay: Research and write about a Christmas and/or Hanukkah tradition in another part of the world.
  20. Essay: Research and write about Kwanzaa, a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions that falls between December 26th and January 1st.
  21. Essay: Research and write about Hanukkah, an eight-day celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem when Jews rose up against Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  22. Essay: Why is Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa celebrated?
  23. How important do you think presents are to give during the holidays?
  24. Essay: What are some of the best gifts you have ever received for Hanukkah? How do you think these gifts differ from the ones that kids receive on Christmas?
  25. Nonfiction: The menorah is the major symbol of Hanukkah and it demonstrates how the small amount of oil was able to light the holy temple for eight whole nights. Have you ever had something last much longer than you expected it to? How grateful were you that it lasted so long?
  26. Nonfiction: How would you best describe the holiday of Hanukkah to someone who has never heard of it before?
  27. Nonfiction: What is the importance of singing the blessings over the lighting of the menorah?
  28. Nonfiction: How would you explain the blessings to someone who doesn’t understand Hebrew?

Secular Holiday Writing Prompts:

  1. What are your wishes for the world this holiday season?
  2. My favorite winter sport is…
  3. Write a paragraph describing what this holiday phrase means to you: “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men.”
  4. If I could give one gift to the world, it would be…
  5. Pretend that you are a penguin who loves to tweet. Write 5 tweets describing what it is like to live Antarctica.
  6. The Abominable Snowman is an ape-like creature said to inhabit the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. Write a story about seeing the Abominable Snowman.
  7. Pick three New Year’s Resolutions. Describe why you picked them and how you will accomplish them.
  8. School/work has been cancelled for the day because of a snow storm. What would you like to do during this unexpected day off from school/work?
  9. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is on December 10th and you have been selected to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Why have you been selected as this year’s recipient?
  10. What would it be like if it was winter all year long?
  11. Essay: The Winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere and on June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.

~Sara

All prompts sourced and adapted from:

http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/December-writing-prompts.html

http://www.build-creative-writing-ideas.com/hanukkah-writing-prompts.html


#amwriting #NaNoWriMo #WritingPrompts, Week of Monday 11/23 to Sunday 11/29, 2015

Writing Prompts:

  1. The government limits ice cream flavors to three standard choices.
  2. The moon is more important than the sun because… (or vice-versa)
  3. Pick a city, province, state or country and write an acrostic with/for/about it.
  4. 61, 791, 615, 22, 5 and 9.
  5. She stopped to pick up the hitchhiker despite her parents warnings. What harm could an old woman do?
  6. Write a short story about a musician who, after years of artistic failure, finally finds his/her muse…
  7. “Now, let me tell you what really happened…”
  8. “…and that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I lost my right shoe and my left sock.”
  9. A new store in the mall attracts some unwanted guests.
  10. Write a poem about the number 1.

~Sara

Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here and from Writing.com. With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.


#WritingPrompts, Week of Sunday 11/08 to Monday 11/16, 2015

Writing Prompts:

  1. “Put the money in a suitcase and…”
  2. If you could only make it to the other side on that rope bridge across the wild river rippling white…
  3. Write about the formation of an unlikely friendship.
  4. Under a curse, your raven hair turns into ruby strands and…
  5. “Blue skies in the morning and clear skies at night. It’s memories like that,” she said, “that really…”
  6. His snoring was the last straw…
  7. Flying saucers land in Ventura, California and the locals make first contact.
  8. Wouldn’t it just figure that the very same day Rosamund decided to go to the city…
  9. As they peered into the crystal ball, the foggy glass cleared and an image shimmered into view…
  10. He whispered in her ear and walked away.

~Sara

Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here and from Writing.com. With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.


Writing Prompts, Week of Saturday August 1st to Sunday August 9th, 2015

Writing Prompts:

  1. The mountain looked intimidating, but her life depended on getting to the bottom.
  2. An office worker finds out that the president of the company took kickbacks and committed other crimes.
  3. Write two poems about a worm meeting an apple… one from the perspective of the worm and one from the apple.
  4. You’re shocked when your new E-Reader receives messages from alien civilizations in the Andromeda Galaxy.
  5. Write about geography. Pick a random place on a map and write about it. If you haven’t been there, imagine what it would be like.
  6. A slick criminal goes after all the lawyers in town, cutting their tongues but not killing them.
  7. Partially submerged, we could barely make out the shape of a…
  8. Close your eyes. Turn your head to the side. Count to 5. Open your eyes. Write about the first thing that comes into focus.
  9. A random act of kindness creates a stir in Sin City.
  10. As the light began to creep through the window…

~Sara

Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here and from Writing.com. With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.


The Basics Of Plot Structure: Freytag’s Pyramid In Fiction

Freytag's Pyramid

Graphic Of Freytag’s Pyramid¹

Freytag’s Pyramid or dramatic structure is the structure of either a piece of literary work (a book, a story or play) or even a film. Gustav Freytag arrived at creating this arc by examining Ancient Greek and Shakespearian dramas. But this arc can also be applied to many modern forms of fiction successfully too. He divided the parts of a drama into five acts or parts. They are:

Exposition
Where the writer sets up the story for the reader with important background information, such as: setting, prior events, and the back story of characters.

Rising Action
The story sets up various related incidents for the reader, generally where the reader becomes ‘hooked’ into the story being told.

Climax
The epicentre of conflict where action begins, also the turning point for the protagonist(s) or characters. Comparable to a punch line when a joke is told.

Falling Action
The conflict between protagonist and antagonist unravels…

Dénouement (resolution, revelation or catastrophe) Old French: untying of the knot.
Comprises the events from falling action into resolution, or the ending.

Below is a video and downloadable PDF graphics which discuss Freytag’s Pyramid:

Plot Structure, feat. Freytag’s Triangle

Downloadable Blank Worksheets PDF’s of Freytag’s Triangle

Blank Freytag’s Pyramid PDF 1

Blank Freytag’s Pyramid PDF 2

Enjoy and write on!
~Sara

¹Freytag’s Pyramid Arc. Graphic. Dr. Kip Wheeler. Freytag PDF. Carson-Newman College,  2003. Web. 18 Jul. 2015. ‹https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/Freytag.pdf