[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #11

The theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you to explore other ways of working. If you enjoy to map out a story before you add characters to the landscape, try using option B. If the opposite is true and you don’t normally stick to a set plan, why not try it out?

The daily prompts will finish early this week, because I have a month long theme planned for August. As this begins Friday, the last prompts for this round will be tomorrow.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: A group of friends, thrown together by circumstance and the same level of parental neglect, decide to move in together.

Trigger: The foursome push boundaries and experiment in a whole host of ways. At least one member of the group is an amateur scientist and concocts a potion that will render them invisible to the outside world. Obviously the experiment goes wrong and each of them appear to be missing at least one part of their body

The quest: The group seek help from a university professor when it becomes clear the side effect is permanent.

Surprise: During the course of the professor’s experimentation new changes occur – unexpected fluctuations in the power of the missing limbs.

Critical choice: They must decide whether to go public and seek the help of other experts in the field, while making tons of cash.

Reversal: Unexpectedly the foursome disappear. The professor uses what he knows to attempt recovery.

The resolution of the piece is entirely up to you.

b) Character Description

Name: Theresa Green

Nickname: Tree

Age: 69

Hair colour: White

Height: 6ft 1″

Eye colour: Brown

Complexion: Pale

Personality traits: Strong, loyal and dependable. She is a task master and heavily involved in the environment.

Motto: Always treat others the way you expect to be treated yourself.

Occupation: Environmentalist.

Martial Status: Married

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Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #9

The theme for this week is all about the song and requires you to  write a short story based on a song title. You don’t have to base it on the lyrics. As long as it’s linked to the appropriate genre, and includes an interpretation of the song, you’re good to go!

The song title for Wednesday is:

A Horse With No Name (America).

 

[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #8

The theme for this week is in the form of a story title. The title, which you will find below, must also be used in the opening sentence. The word count should be 500 words or less.

So here’s your weird and whacky story title for Wednesday:

The Grand Slam

[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #7

The theme for his week is in the form of a final sentence. All you need to do is weave a ‘weird and whacky’ tale which concludes with the following sentence:

“By the time it got to her turn, she was knee deep in regret.”

 

Let’s try a little experiment

In my last post I gave tips on writing comedy, gathered from resources I’d found and felt worthy of sharing. Armed with these tools I began to experiment. I’ve hit a few snags. Mainly my reluctance to plan, because comedy, it seems, is a genre which requires careful planning.

The next problem relates to finding a suitable sounding board, and then I thought of you –  my audience. What better way to gauge what works and what doesn’t than seeking the advice of my WordPress family.

So, I would welcome advice and feedback on what I’ve got so far. I must warn you, I’ve fallen into some of the usual traps, but I’m confident I can turn it around with your help!

The Sequel

“It’s me. Again. If you’re trying to make me paranoid it’s working, because now I’m convinced you’re ignoring me. I’m tired of talking to this machine, Mikey, the Schwarzenegger impersonation can only go so far. Right now I want to hasta la vista your ass, and the fact you’re forcing me to make such a terrible joke just pisses me off. I’m not kidding. You might be the funniest thing since sliced bread right now, but I’m far from amused. Pick up the god damn phone and CALL ME BACK.”

The machine stuttered a little before it succumbed to the silence. It was probably age, either that or a deep-seated loathing for people who hung up in the midst of a temper tantrum.

“That didn’t even make sense,” I muttered to the machine, my new-found friend and fielder to the world, or at least my agent. “What’s so funny about sliced bread?”

“Exactly,” I said to the ensuing silence.

Unhealthy perhaps, but then I was living like a poor man’s Howard Hughes. I’d spent days, or maybe it was weeks, barricaded in my office. My only goal – to write a sentence that would evoke more than an uncomfortable grimace. I was going to be funny if it killed me. At this rate it probably would.

My desk was brimming with plastic cups, each loaded with the balled up remnants of my latest manuscript – a writer’s version of beer pong, only there was no alcohol and I definitely had no balls.

I’d gained my fame under false pretences. I was a one hit wonder. A fake. The critically acclaimed comedy was a sham of epic proportions. A happy accident. Basically, I was buggered.

Now I was expected to write the sequel, and I could feel the literary sharks circling, hungry for my blood. I tried to picture the headline, but that only made me want to bang my head against the desk because nothing came to mind. Still, it would be funny, as long as somebody else wrote it.

It would detail all the ways I’d failed; the comedy fell short, the gags were old, laughs cheap. And the saddest thing of all – it was all true. My current attempt was so forced it bordered on excruciatingly and it was about as funny as a punch to the face.

The keyboard had become my enemy, my pen an instrument of failure. My eyes were burning and my stomach was rumbling from a lack of nutrition coupled with the humiliation of succumbing to coulrophobia. Only clowns weren’t the real enemy. That was all on me.

This time I did bang my head against the desk, and when I was through, I kept my head down. Perhaps sleep would help, I thought desperately. Who could be funny when they were suffering from sleep deprivation? I didn’t really want to answer that and so I succumbed to the land of dreams.

By the time the machine kicked in again, I was floating on a wave of happy.

“I’m coming over, and if you don’t have anything ready for me I’ll kick you from there to Timbuktu…”

“Who even says that anymore?” I wondered, and what made her think she could follow through on the threat. She was five foot nothing with the grace of a dancer, though granted she had a serpents tongue… “Holy shit,” I muttered reaching for the phone. Why didn’t I think of it before?

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Thanks in advance for your comments.

Mel

[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #6

This week the theme is based on dialogue, so each day I will post the opening line and all you need to do is continue from there. It’s a dialogue only prompt, which can be challenging, but also a lot of fun.

So, your whacky opener for Wednesday is:

“What do you mean, it’s gone?”

Enjoy!dialogue

NB: I will be taking a break from running the daily prompts at the end of this week. The next series, and a new theme, will begin on the 1 July 2014.

[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #4

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays'

It was difficult to decide on the image for today’s themed prompt. There’s so much scope 🙂 The photo has always amused me, so I hope it will provide inspiration. I may even partake myself; there’s nothing like the challenge of writing comedy!

Weird and whacky imageEnjoy your Wednesday 🙂