Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The gardener

After a bit of a hiatus, I've returned with another prompt. No idea when I'll come up with the next once, but we'll see.

Today, imagine a pair of characters, an old blind woman, and a gardener. The old woman, having lost her sight years ago, has quite the active imagination for someone her age, and continually makes requests of the gardener, who doesn't enjoy his work. Such requests might be employing creative use of geometry and the hedges, working on carefully pruning each of her trees to be exactly alike, and other such oddities.

Does the gardener actually accomplish his work? Does he lead the old woman around, describing to her the things she cannot see again?


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Irminsul, le pilier du monde

Translated from French and borrowed from the French musical act Damabiah, it means "Irminsul, the pillar of the world." As far as I've discovered, the Irminsuls were an object of worship in the pagan tradition in Saxony England (pre-1000 CE). As for their actual purpose...no one really knows.

Thus! For today's prompt, I've got two suggestions for you all, though you're welcome to create whatever you'd like. The first is looking at it from the historical perspective, that is, wondering about the Irminsul as someone who's beginning to explore the significance of a pillar erected to the skies.

The second is a much more figurative interpretation, that is, consider creating such an Irminsul for a character of yours, not even necessarily of this world. Insurmountable, perplexing, and designed to pique the curiosity of the character in question, attempt a symbiotic relationship between the pillar and your character, if at all possible.

In any case, I'll be back tomorrow!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ghost in the machine

The Turing test. A comprehensive test designed to see if a computer program can adequately fool a human into thinking that it is one of them. As it stands currently, no one has been able to design one that can, to little surprise from many in the computer engineering field.

Today, design a lonely artificial intelligence, and proceed to flesh it out through character interactions. Whether this is through it being an older machine, and someone stumbling across it, or it just being abandoned, give it someone to talk to, and make some conversation from that.

What's it like, being trapped in a machine? How did it get to be lonely? Does it wish things had turned out differently?


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Monday, November 12, 2012


Inspired in part by a short story of mine that I've been working on lately, suffering from both writers' block and generally being arse.

Anyway, today, write about someone who literally hitches a ride with some unknown vehicle, whether that be a train, ship, aircraft, or whatever, in order to get somewhere other than here. However, upon making their way inside, they discover the craft itself is entirely vacant, yet entirely operational, leading to a round of questions.

Focus on the character you've chosen to write about, and their immediate reaction to their situation. Do they attempt to leave the vehicle somehow? Do they work out where they're headed, and simply enjoy the ride?

I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully) with more for you all!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Forgot to put this one up last night.

Today, imagine the thoughts of someone about to slip into a deep sleep, heading on some sort of interstellar journey. As they look out beyond their shuttle, into the creeping infinity of space, what are they feeling? Nervous? Excited? Scared?

Ponder this as you write on it, and hopefully I'll be back later with more things for you all to write about!

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Putting up writing prompts every Wednesday (starting today)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Radio transmissions into the dark

As Voyager manages its way through and out our solar system, among a myriad of other sources of inspiration congealing in my mind, I came up with another pair of prompts for you all. Funny how space has that effect on people.

Today, write about someone who claims to be an extraterrestrial, yet they seem to be an entirely normal human being. Whether or not their origin is as they claim is up to you, but in their mind, they are an alien. Give them a few personality quirks besides their supposed status, too, such as contacting "the mothership," attempting to find traces of fellow aliens on earth, and generally trying to prove their existence in any way possible.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012


Today, create a character who is well-respected in their chosen profession, only for them to go out of their way to do something completely out of the ordinary, disregarding bystanders and their reputation. The example that created this particular prompt was a businessman, still in full work attire, bending down and listening for an oncoming train in the middle of a city, though you're welcome to craft your own.

Does the character themselves recognize this rather peculiar act? Does anyone alert them to this immediately after? What about other influencing factors?

I'll be back tomorrow with another prompt, but until then, enjoy!

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