Writing Room 101 Daily Prompt Series – Update

Daily Prompt LogoHi everyone

I hope you enjoyed the special series last month, the 30 Days of September. We’re back to regular daily prompts again in October, with a slight difference. I have created an area on the right hand tool bar, which I will update with a new prompt every day. Those wishing to take part can visit the blog, check out the prompt and link their post to WR101. This just means I’m not bombarding you with posts every day, because it’s getting a little busy over here!

Which is a great segue to my next point! The monthly interviews also have a slightly different format. In October and November I will be hosting a series of tours, release day events, cover reveals, reviews and author interviews. Once an interview has been posted I will add it to the relevant section. There’s also an area, under collaboration, which will list the tours and events taking place so you can catch up at your leisure.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, would like to get involved, or contribute, feel free to drop me an email. You can use the contact form at the top.

Thank you for your patience as the site develops.

Mel

Shamefaced – 30 Days of September Writing Prompt

30 Days of September

5 September 2014

I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. But then, even if it did, I’d still be tied to a lamppost. Naked.

Squinting against the early morning sun and cursing my former best friend to hell and back, I tried to shake off the fog in my brain.

The clock on the spire above me read 7am, which meant anytime now the patrons of Pudsey would wander into town and find more than they bargained for. I was probably looking at an indecency charge.

My eyes dropped to the ground, where my clothes were folded in a neat pile. My boots were beside them, and my wallet, keys and phone balanced carefully on top. All were out of reach by a few inches.

A flash of red in my peripheral vision had me turning to the right. I groaned when I registered the postman’s uniform. Bill would enjoy my discomfort, hell he’d probably take a picture of it and paper his Facebook status with my sorry hide.

He perked up the moment he spotted me. His normal unhurried walk became decidedly quick footed.

When he’d finished laughing, he pulled his phone from the front of his postbag and I heard the tell-tale sound of his camera.

Thankfully it was a head shot and captured my scowl perfectly.

“How about a hand?” I asked, narrowing my eyes when he continued to chuckle at the picture.

He turned the screen towards me and held it in front of my face. “Aren’t you going to look pretty on your wedding day,” he said, wiping away a stray tear.

A clown stared back at me, looking gruesome with my frown. I wasn’t naked after all.

“Just untie me,” I said on a sigh, already envisioning the slogan as the picture went viral.

“No can do, my friend. It’s against the rules.”

My angry stare clearly had no effect on him because his expression didn’t change. He did scoop down to pick up my phone though. “What’s the code?” he asked, brown eyes twinkling.

“I’m a moron,” I said and watched his head tilt to the side.

“It’s a numeric code, though I don’t disagree.”

 The headache which had been brewing since I opened my eyes hammered a nail into my brain as my face scrunched up.

“Ha. Ha. It’s 2239.”

Bill tapped it in and scrolled through my address book. It wouldn’t have surprised me if he was playing ‘call or delete’ with my contacts.

With a grunt of satisfaction he pressed the screen and moved a step closer so he could balance the phone on my shoulder.

I snapped my head to the right to catch it, fighting a wave of nausea at the sudden move.

“Hey…” I called when he walked away, whistling as though he didn’t have a care in the world. He probably didn’t.

“What have you gotten yourself into?” A husky voice breathed into my ear and I closed my eyes. The old rat had called Olivia.

“It wasn’t me. Dillon thought it would be funny to tie me to a street lamp. I’m in town…” I swallowed down my discomfort. “Look I know I’m not supposed to see you before the church, but could you…”

“What are you wearing?” she asked, and the question was so out of the blue it took a moment to process.

Son of a bitch, she was in on it too?

“I feel like a clown,” I muttered, glancing down the street to the fading red figure of Bill.

“Then you’d better use that industrious brain of yours and find a way out of this,” she said, sounding amused.

“You’re not going to help me are you?”

The silence told me she was at least thinking about it. “And spoil everyone’s fun. No, I think I’ll let you figure this out all on your own.”

“And what if I get arrested and don’t make it to the church?”

She laughed and the sound blew the rest of the haze away. “I have every faith in you,” she said, her voice dropping an octave. “And I’m worth it.”

The phone went dead and I grinned like an idiot. She was right. I’d find a way to take the damn lamp post with me if I had to, because there was no way I’d miss my chance to marry her.

When I let the phone drop, I gave it a tap with my shoulder and watched it bounce on the pile of clothes before coming to rest on the ground.

“Hey!” A young voice shouted to the left of me. “You’re that footballer.”

I turned, ignoring the blinding pain and focusing on the two boys who were looking at me with open scepticism.

“You’ve got a good eye,” I said, thinking about the gunk on my face. “How would you like the chance to meet the rest of the team?”

There was a moment’s hesitation before the older one looked at his friend slyly. “That’s a start. What else have you got?”

“How about you start by untying me and we’ll take it from there?”

The kid might have a smart mouth, but he wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. I breathed a sigh of relief when the pair walked around me and began to work on the rope.

WR101 Daily Prompt Series – 30 Days of September

30 Days of September

Welcome to a new round of daily prompts for September here at Writing Room 101. I thoroughly enjoyed Winter’s version of August Montgomery last month, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes we see more adventures featuring August and Madison.

As I mentioned at the beginning of August, I’m running things in a similar way to June this month, for a special series – 30 Days of September.

If you have any requests or suggestions for October, please let me know, otherwise the prompts will return to normal once the September series has run its course.

So, here is a collection of prompts for each day of the month. Be sure to add your contribution to the link up tool at the end of this post. Don’t forget to include the date of the prompt and link back to the 30 Days of September here at WR101.

1 September 2014

We all have characters we know like the back of our hands; how they look, behave, feel, smell. If you’ve taken part in writing exercises in which you had to put that knowledge to the test, it can be both fun and educational.

Prompt: Write a letter to a person of your choice, from the point of view of one of your characters.

2 September 2014

You receive a message on Facebook from an old friend, someone who supposedly died in a tragic accident five years ago. You investigate, suspecting a ‘catfish’ but the more you explore, the more the mystery grows.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

3 September 2014

Sometimes snappy dialogue can make even the most mundane subject sound interesting. We can light up the scene with a heated exchange, a passionate discussion or a sarcastic battle of wills.

Prompt: Write a dialogue only exchange about colour samples (or watching paint dry!).

4 September 2014

You open your eyes to unfamiliar surroundings. You have no idea where you are, or how you got there.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

5 September 2014

The following sentence must be the first line of your piece.

Prompt: ‘I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole’.

6 September 2014

Your friends like to play practical jokes, and things have a tendency to get out of hand. The latest involves a case full of bricks, a blow up doll and a police car – what could possibly go wrong?

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

7 September 2014

The following sentence should be the last line of your piece.

Prompt: If only that was the end of it.

8 September 2014

You have the terrible misfortune of being cursed by a pixie. The only way you can avoid the fairy death squad is by giving up something your treasure.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

9 September 2014

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Prompt: Write a story based on the image.

10 September 2014

There are a variety of writing exercises which utilise the A to Z challenge; dialogue, poetry form, short story. Choose a cast of characters and have them turn it into a game, with their own specific rules.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

11 September 2014

The following sentence should be the first line of your piece.

Prompt: ‘It would never be enough.’

12 September 2014

You are attacked by a werebeast (animal of your choice), and know it is only a matter of time before you go through the change. Someone offers you a cure, but it means you are bound to them forever. Would you give up your life to remain human?

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

13 September 2014

You discover a potion that will allow you to trade places with someone else for twenty-four hours.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

14 June 2014

You’re on holiday and discover a virtual reality game in a local arcade. Curiosity gets the better of you and you decide to give it a try. Something goes wrong and you get stuck in the game.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

15 June 2014

You are called to the scene of a crime and inadvertently stand on a pressure plate – a bomb set to wipe out all the evidence. There is a timer set to the bomb – you have thirteen minutes to disarm it. The bomb squad cannot make it in time.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

16 September 2014

You have been able to see your Guardian Angel since you were a child, but for some reason the ability vanishes on your 30th birthday.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

17 September 2014

The following sentence should be the last line of your piece.

Prompt: ‘It really was as simple as that.’

18 September 2014

You fall asleep on the bus on your way home. It’s dark when you wake up, but you can see enough to determine you’re in some kind of bus depot among a row of similar buses. You walk to find the driver and realise you’re alone. When you try the door, it’s locked. That’s when you hear the noise.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

19 September 2014

You get drunk at your friend’s wedding and in your inebriated wisdom change your speech.

Prompt: Write the speech, based on the above information.

20 September 2014

The following sentence must be used as the first line of your piece:

Prompt: ‘I didn’t plan to kill him, it isn’t as though I woke up this morning and thought ‘this is the day he’s going to die.’

21 September 2014

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Prompt: Write a story based on the image.

22 September 2014

You find a dead body in your car. The door is locked and there is no sign of forced entry. How will you explain it to the police?

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

23 September 2014

You receive an envelope containing a thousand pounds in cash. There is a note inside with the message ‘for services rendered.’

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

24 September 2014

Your inbox is inundated with video messages from a string on potential ‘matches’ after a friend puts up a fake profile on a dating website. It’s funny until you witness something in one of the videos that puts your life in danger.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

25 September 2014

The following sentence must be used as the first line of your piece.

Prompt: ‘A bolt of lightning shot across the sky, illuminating the stranger on my porch.’

26 September 2014

After joining a coven, you try a simple binding spell as part of your initiation and somehow summon a God – an extremely powerful God you have no way to control.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

27 September 2014

You are looking through an old photo album when you notice that your image has faded in over fifty percent of the snaps.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

28 September 2014

The following sentence starter must be used as the last line of your piece:

Prompt: ‘I’ll never forget it, not for as long as I live.’

29 September 2014

You are buried up to your neck in sand, amused by the ‘beach-body’ your friends have created, when something grasps you around the waist and starts to pull you under.

Prompt: Write a story based on the above theme.

30 September 2014

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Prompt: Write a story based on the image.


To respond to any of the prompts, write a post and add it to the link-up below.

Feel free to use the 30 Days of June badge for your post.

Happy Writing!

Siding with a shark – WR101 Prompt Series: Shades of August

Shades of AugustI wanted to try my hand at one of August’s tales, but since Winter so cleverly started us off and probably has plans for that particular adventure, I decided to start with a tale from her past.

Five years earlier…

I pushed through the giant wall of icy winds and cursed the Guild in every language I’d picked up in the arena. The cold fingers of the icy bitch scratched at my cheeks and made my eyes water.

I was on this godforsaken planet, a small insignificant blip in the galaxy, because I’d lost a bet. I’d bartered with my soul and been dumped in icy hell with a Gourat of all things.

I turned to scowl at him, wishing I could still feel my hands so I could slap the smug look from his face.

It wasn’t his fault really. He always looked that way. He considered himself a superior being and I was his entertainment. His amber eyes flashed to mine and I read triumph in them. As far as he was concerned, this was a walk in the park and I was his prize.

I didn’t tell him to bite me. For one it was too much effort and another, he’d see it as a challenge. Oh, his features looked human enough, until he unhinged his jaw and showed off his extra row of pearly whites. Each fang like tooth was as long as a finger and razor sharp. I had the scars to prove it. I’d been up against him twice in the arena. So far we were even.

A high, piercing scream split through the blizzard. Something akin to a dopplegranger. If my blood wasn’t already at sub-zero temperature it would have chilled in my veins. We had nil visibility, no sign of shelter and a monster wanting to play with our bones, probably after it had peeled the flesh from them. Things really couldn’t get any worse.

I turned back to shark-boy, my pet name for the homicidal maniac at my side, or SB for short, and tried to judge his mood. “Do you want to take this one?” I asked, each word pushing against the wind and stealing my thunder.

A deep rumble tore from his throat when a second cry rang out, closely followed by a third, then forth. Apparently this was my day to die.

“I’ll take the first one. How about that?” SB said, detaching his jaw and extending his claws. Did I mention those? Right now they looked like our best chance at survival. Well, apart from Hatchet, my trusty axe and weapon of choice.

I grabbed the handle poking out of the holster on my hip, just as the first monster burst through the wall of ice.

Like a dopplegranger the thing looked female, but I’d been wrong before so I didn’t make any assumptions. Its body was as white as the snow, so it rippled like an illusion and played havoc with the mind.

It was easier to concentrate on the hair. It blew wild, whipping in the wind like a dark curtain. There were no eyes on the thing, just black, empty sockets in its face. Its mouth, a thin, wide slash, opened suddenly omitting that terrible scream. Only this time the sound came with a bite. Hundreds of insects shot from the opening. They were a deep red colour, like the thing had vomited blood, but I knew they were the real weapon.

My legs moved with alarming speed, considering the cold. I ignored the swarm surrounding me, biting into flesh, and swung my axe in a wide arc. The thing went down a little too easily, but I didn’t have time to worry because its friends had arrived.

SB was ripping through flesh on my right, completely oblivious to the insects which covered ninety-percent of his body. The guttural noises he made were disgusting. They made me want to gag. If I managed to make it through this alive. All I had to look forward to was more cold and the displeasure of his company.

A group of the things launched themselves at me, until we were a tangle of limbs. I tried to hack my way out of the impromptu group hug, but they were like limpets and they didn’t want to let go.

I was a little surprised when SB came to my aid. He had two clung to his back. His face was a mass of red from the bug vomit, but he tore them off me and I could breathe again.

When he had detached himself he grabbed my arm and pulled me towards him as though he was jealous I’d been in another’s arms.

It was only then that I realised the ground was shaking. The giant fissure in the ground kind of gave it away too.

“What now?” I muttered, a curse already forming on my lips.

When the ground disappeared beneath my feet the obscenity was wrenched free and I was falling into darkness. I wrapped my arms tighter around SB, using him as an anchor. I might not like him, but at least I wasn’t going to down the rabbit hole alone.

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Thanks for reading.

Mel

 

The Journey Begins

Shades of AugustFor the next thirty-one days the daily prompts will be centred around the character August Montgomery. If you need a reminder of this month’s special series, or to add your contribution, click here.

Today marks the first of August’s adventures, and as it’s a Friday the genre is optional.

Have fun 🙂

[WR101 Prompt Series] Terrifying Thursdays' – Prompt #11

The theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you 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?

This is the final prompt in this week’s theme. Shades of August begins tomorrow. To find out more, click here.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: The year is 2021 and the earth is recovering from nuclear war.  Only a small percentage of the population remain. The story focuses on the area that was once known as central London, as the quarantine is lifted and a group of people emerge topside.

Trigger: Among the shattered remains of what once was, the group realise they have something new to fear. A creature born of the destruction and stronger than anything they have ever seen.

The quest: Stranded, they must fight to the death in order to survive this new nightmare and earn the right to rebuild a new civilisation.

Surprise: In the heat of battle the group discover a secret weapon. A natural remedy which defies everything they believed about the original war.

Critical choice: The group must decide which side they are on, and create order among chaos.

Reversal: The government lied about their selection, hiding the true reason they were saved.

The resolution of the piece is entirely up to you.

b) Character Description

Name: Audrey Hobson

Age: 20

Hair colour: Black

Height: 5ft 7″

Eye colour: Blue

Complexion: Tanned

Personality traits: Impatient, mischievous and argumentative – she lives to get a rise out of people.

Motto: Never say never.

Occupation: Free spirit.

Martial Status: Divorced

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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 #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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Shades of August – Part of the WR101 Daily Prompt Series

Shades of AugustAugust and September will be structured a little differently in terms of the daily prompts.

For the month of August I invite you to write a multitude of adventures based on a character – August Montgomery. Depending on the day, that might be a tale of mystery, a story to thrill, or a journey that scares the living daylights out of us! To participate, follow the allocated genre and lead August into an adventure of your choice.  Don’t forget to add your story to the link-up button, so others can share in the journey and add to it.

For reference, you daily offering should incorporate the following genres:

Monday – Mystery and Suspense

Tuesday – Thriller

Wednesday – Comedy

Thursday – Horror

Friday – A catch all (the choice is yours)

Saturday – Romance

Sunday – Science Fiction

Below you will find a basic character description:

Name: August Montgomery

Nickname: Gus (you are free to choose another)

Age: 28

Hair colour: Auburn (brown)

Eye colour: Green

Height: 5ft 11″

Occupation: Freelance (whatever he chooses at the time)

Shades of August begins Friday and as this is a general fiction day, you have poetic license.

The upcoming 30 Days of September is related to the series from June. More details will follow later in the month.

Have fun and thanks in advance for your contribution.

[WR101 Prompt Series] Thrilling Tuesdays' – Prompt #11

Following on from yesterday’s prompt – the theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you 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 on Thursday.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: The story revolves around a recluse, who hasn’t left the house in almost two years. Before this they were an active part of the community but an attack left them injured and afraid to trust anyone outside the sanctuary of their home.

Trigger: They trust only one other person, who receives and delivers packages they order via the internet; household goods, clothes, gifts, etc. The character conducts their life via the world-wide web and consults with the police on a number of cases linked to internet crime. When a  hacker gets into their ‘home’ it changes everything.

The quest: In a race against time the character must find the intruder before it’s too late.

Surprise: They uncover evidence to indicate the hacker has infected a number of lives and has more power than anyone gave him/her credit for.

Critical choice: The character must decide whether to sever all ties to the internet, turn over everything to the police and live in total seclusion.

Reversal: They realise  that choosing to cooperate with the authorities has made them a bigger target and the hacker now knows exactly where they live.

Resolution: I’ll leave this up to you!

b) Character Description

Name: Dominic Chambers

Nickname: Dom

Age: 18

Hair colour: Light brown

Height: 5ft 10″

Eye colour: Blue

Complexion: Fair

Personality traits: Has a chip on his shoulder, especially when dealing with people in authority. Is highly intelligent but lacks ambition. Loyal, but loses friends because of a short fuse.

Motto: There is no such thing as a free gift.

Occupation: Student.

Martial Status: Single (Enjoys to play the field)

Family: Four older brothers. Father deceased; Mother is a psychiatrist.

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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] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #8

I’ve read quite a few posts recently tackling the subject of character and plot, namely – which comes first. With this in mind I’ve decided to create a challenge with two possible options. If, like me, the character usually comes first, then I’d like you to chose option A (write based on plot/location). If you usually write in this way, then try out option B (based on the provided character description).

The theme of your story should focus on the particular day, so today should be crammed full of mystery and intrigue.

I’ve tried not to be too prescriptive, but when you’re adding a plot summary that can be a little difficult! Really, I just wanted to provide an opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone and explore – whichever side of the scale you’re on. So for the planners, it might go against the grain, but it can be fun to ‘go with the flow’. In a similar way, for those who avoid planning, it can be liberating to know where a story is going and to explore writing within a set of constraints.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: Begins with the purchase of Craven House – situated at the end of a row and the biggest on the block. The house has a history known to local residents but not to the new home owner (protagonist).

Trigger: Terrible things happen in one of the bedrooms inside Craven House – a room which has been mysteriously sealed off for years and was advertised as an ‘unfinished extension.’

The quest: The home owner must investigate the history, and find out what secrets the room holds.

Surprise: A workman has a fatal accident in the room and all other contractors refuse to enter the house.

Critical choice: Despite the fact your protagonist discovers the death is not the first on record, they are close to discovering the truth. They also invested every last penny into the property and have nowhere else to go.

Climax: The protagonist is locked in the room and cannot get out, despite several attempts at intervention.

Reversal: He/She discovers that it is a test, and that someone has orchestrated the ‘accidents’ in the room to scare people away so they can keep the house to themselves.

Resolution: He/She passes the text, but they are forever changed. People begin to suspect something sinister happened in the room, which forces the protagonist to reveal the ultimate secret.

b) Character Description

Name: Michael Romano

Nickname: Roman

Age: 32

Hair colour: Black

Height: 6ft 1″

Eye colour: Grey/Blue

Complexion: Tanned

Personality traits: Quiet, disarming manner, which puts people at ease. Lives for his job.

Motto: Failure is not an option.

Occupation: Detective

Martial Status: Single (married to his job)

Family: Only child. Parents deceased.

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If you have feedback on the challenges, please let me know. I’m flexible, so if you feel I’m being too prescriptive, I can adapt the prompt for the next daily challenge.

Thanks in advance.

Mel


 

 

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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