Monthly Archives: November 2014

Friday Story Prompt: Three Pictures

This week we’ve got a picture prompt for you. Below are three photos. Of course, it’s up to you how literally you want to interpret them. The game is to write a story that includes elements from all three. That’s it!

Sly Fox Carousel Toy Pig

If these pictures aren’t working for you, you could try choosing three from magazines or your own photo collection. If you have writing friends, you can each bring a few images, and pick from a hat.

Or you can use this link to select pictures at random from Flickr, and use the first three that appear.

Good luck, and happy writing!

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Friday Story Prompt: The Greebo Game

Hi, and welcome to another Friday writing prompt! This week’s exercise is about creating a character.


Are there any fellow fans of Nanny Ogg’s cat Greebo out there? If so, you probably remember the scene in Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad when Greebo is  turned into a human. Here’s a summary from the Lspace wiki:

As a human, he loses none of his agility, his claws, his appetite, his teeth, or his lust for all things female. And his eyes stay the same; there’s practically no magic that can do anything about the eyes. He’s pretty mono-syllabic, but understands humans.

Despite the scars and the bad eye, the human Greebo’s other eye glitters like the sins of angels, and his lazy smile is the downfall of saints. Female saints, anyway. He appears as a dastardly buccaneer ready to unbuckle any amount of swash; a six-foot, well muscled, grinning bully who radiates a greasy aura of raw sexual energy that can be felt several rooms away.

I’m sure you can guess where this is going.

If you have a pet,  what would he or she be like if they were human?  You could write a scene where your pet is magically transformed, or instead imagine they’d been born human with the same personality.

If you don’t have a pet, (or don’t know somebody else’s well enough to write about), how about choosing a childhood toy? Perhaps there’s one that you used to make up stories about. What would the toy be like as a person?

What does your new character love or hate?

What do they want?

What do they do? Solve or commit crimes, defend the world from monsters, make art…?

We hope you have fun with the Greebo Game, and may the muse be with you!


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Friday Story Prompt: Up and Down

Hello, weekend writing people! This week’s prompt is inspired by a holiday in Prague. A funicular goes up a hill in the city to the palace on the top. It has two trains, one goes up as the other comes down again. There are places where one has to wait for the other as there’s only a single track,  like this:

up and down

One driver is a man, and the other is a woman. They spend all day passing each other, up and down the hill, shut in their own little cab at the front of the funicular.

So, what’s their story? Unrequited love? Irrational hatred? Friendly rivalry? Can they speak to each other or only pass in silence? Do they meet outside of their trains? That’s up to you, writers!

If this doesn’t work for you, how about looking through your own holiday snaps and memories for something that sparks an idea, or trade with a friend?

May your weekend be a creative one.

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