March is coming in like a lamb here—a very cold lamb, but a lamb. And I’m grateful. After a February of very cold temperatures, way too much snow, a broken circuit breaker, a leaking pipe, and a furnace replacement, I’m ready for a change. Here’s my personal public service announcement: Please install a carbon monoxide monitor if you haven’t already. If ours hadn’t gone off when it did at about 8 o’clock in the evening, and we’d gone to bed without knowing about the leak, we might not have woken up the next morning. A chilling thought.
I’ve tried to keep snow and wintery thoughts out of the writing prompts for March. Hope you enjoy them and have a creative month ahead.
1. Use one, some, or all of the following words in a story or poem:
- Key, glass, red, petal, end, call
- Paper, control, gold, drop, glow
2. Here are some opening sentences for you to try:
- Low battery. Exactly the two words I didn’t want to see right now.
- After sitting at the same desk for three years, I figured I was beyond seeing anything new. I was wrong.
- Henry died two years ago, but I saw him for the first time today.
- “What do you mean, you’re out of lemons?”
- Unlike Disneyland, my hometown was not the happiest place on earth.
- A day at the mall. I’d agreed to spend a day at the mall. An hour was my usual limit.
- The voice on the phone was warm and convincing.
- The flames had nearly reached the stables.
3. Here are some possible story or poem titles:
Turning the Corner, The Blue Stone, Wind and Weather, Death at the Races, Framed, Table for Three, How to Stop a Killer, Spring and Violet, Street Corner
4. See if you can write a scene for these lines of dialogue:
- I just heard from Henry.
- He’s not coming.
- He said you’d know.
- I can’t believe how hot it is.
- You chose this place for our vacation.
- Yeah, when I thought they’d have air conditioning.
- Have you seen Henry?
- No. Why?
- He should be here by now.
- Your secret is safe here, my lord.
- And why should I believe you?
- Because you are still alive.
5. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you finally choose that career or are you still secretly wishing for that childhood dream to be real? Why or why nor? Answer the same questions for your characters.
6. What was your favourite piece of clothing when you were a child? A special sweater make by grandma, a t-shirt with a favourite TV or movie character, a shirt from you favourite team? Describe the garment and how you felt wearing it. Do the same for your characters.