As part of my self-mandated initiative to start writing on a regular basis, I thought I would play around with some writing prompts. For those of you who couldn’t care less about writing, I know this seems futile. For those of you terrified of writing, it seems downright sadistic. But for me, it’s an exercise that tends to get the creative juices flowing.
So last night I sat down at my computer, hopped over to WritersDigest.com, and scrolled to the writing prompt of the day. It was an interesting prompt, to say the least. Normally I tend to write more about real life, but this particular suggestion was to write a fictional piece. At least I HOPE it’s supposed to be fictional! The basic idea of the prompt is this:
You and a friend sneak into a local swim club after hours.
While you’re swimming, a dead body floats to the surface.
Then you realize that it’s somebody you know!
Who is it? What happened? How do you react?
The instructions for the prompt state that the piece should be no more than 500 words. I figured that shouldn’t be a problem since most of my regular blog posts wind up averaging 500 words. I was pretty confident I could hit that mark. So I started writing.
Let’s just say that hitting the 500 word mark was not a problem. To be honest, when I closed my laptop I had topped 1000 words—and my characters had just gotten to the pool. AND I left a bunch of detail out! Maybe they should have termed this a “novella prompt” instead.
I’ve been accused of being longwinded when I talk. I guess it’s possible to be long-worded too, huh?