Writing

Writing Prompts (Collection 1)

1. A love story, but set during the pandemic. The lovers can only communicate via text or social media. Consider play format.

2. Basically the opposite scenario. Two people who hate each other are quarantined together due to pandemic conditions. Perhaps they are roommates that just had a fight and now are forced to spend all their time in the room.

3. An adventurer who once visited a fantasy world and came back to tell the tale is now whisked back to that fantasy world–as an elderly person. What new adventures will they embark on? What old friends will they rekindle friendships with? What old hatreds will rise up in the face of ancient enemies?

4. An alien from another world comes to Earth, but this alien has all the features of a dog and is mistaken for one despite being a sentient being with intelligence much higher than the average human.

5. A researcher looking into their family genealogy come across a few black sheep in the family with dark pasts, and interlocking stories. Or, just for laughs, research your own family history and write about all the skeletons in the closet. At least those of the dead–avoid the scandals of the living ones.

6. A budding chef develops a red meat allergy from a tick. That, along with her gluten allergy, makes it difficult to achieve her dream of becoming the top chef in her state. But she shall persevere, nonetheless!

7. One day, night never falls. Why? How long does this last? How do the inhabitants of Earth survive an endless day?

8. A child goes into a coma and hears everything that is said around them. Do they wake up and confront people or ask about things? Do they lose hope because of what is said around them?

9. An over-powered teen psychic is mega-popular, but people disappear for good after they are “friend-zoned” by him. What happened to them?

10. This one is for the literature nerds out there. The Sound and the Fury, but from Caddie’s perspective.

Writing

Character Playlists: Anthony

Original Art by Alyssa A. Wilson

Intro

My current work-in-progress is a novel that follows the journey of five “heroes” who must decide whether or not to obey their master, a sentient force whose life energy is inextricably connected with their own. If they follow its prophecies, they risk losing their identities and becoming its pawns forever, but resistance means risking its wrath—and fighting a battle no one has won before. Their story is narrated by a spy forced to recount the heroes’ journey, whose power to read minds offers omniscience but not answers, whose obsession with mortal snack foods and self-destruct buttons could have terrible consequences, and whose passive aggressiveness knows no bounds…

Recently I started making playlists for each of my characters with music that reminds me of each character. These playlists are made up of songs my siblings and I listen to. Below I share my playlist for the character Anthony.

Anthony’s Playlist

Conclusion

This is the link to my full Spotify Playlist for Anthony. I’ll be adding songs over time, so be sure to check it out.

I will post new playlists for my other characters, so look out for upcoming blog articles! The number of songs doesn’t necessarily denote the importance of a character, it’s just how well songs I know fit the character.

Do any of my fellow writers have character playlists? If so, comment below so I can check them out! If not, I challenge you to try it and share!

Writing

Character Playlists: Hesper

“Hesper” – Original Art by Alyssa A. Wilson

Intro

My current work-in-progress is a novel that follows the journey of five “heroes” who must decide whether or not to obey their master, a sentient force whose life energy is inextricably connected with their own. If they follow its prophecies, they risk losing their identities and becoming its pawns forever, but resistance means risking its wrath—and fighting a battle no one has won before. Their story is narrated by a spy forced to recount the heroes’ journey, whose power to read minds offers omniscience but not answers, whose obsession with mortal snack foods and self-destruct buttons could have terrible consequences, and whose passive aggressiveness knows no bounds…

Recently I started making playlists for each of my characters with music that reminds me of each character. These playlists are made up of songs my siblings and I listen to. Below I share my playlist for the character Hesper.

Hesper’s Playlist

Conclusion

This is the link to my full Spotify Playlist for Hesper. I’ll be adding songs over time, so be sure to check it out.

I will post new playlists for my other characters, so look out for upcoming blog articles! The number of songs doesn’t necessarily denote the importance of a character, it’s just how well songs I know fit the character.

Do any of my fellow writers have character playlists? If so, comment below so I can check them out! If not, I challenge you to try it and share!