Writing prompts and exercises can be the perfect way to move your writing project forward. Some of our members have shared their favourite writing prompts to spark your creativity.
In her book, Reading like a Writer, Francine Prose mentions a short story by Paul Bowles in which a timid tourist packs “two small overnight bags full of maps, sun lotions, and medicines.” Her comment: What very different conclusions we might form about a man who carries a bag filled with dice, syringes, and a handgun. Your challenge: choose three objects at random—not necessarily something you would put in an overnight bag—put them in your character’s bag, send them away, and see what happens.
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