Okay, better late than never. Here are the writing prompts for April. Enjoy!
1. Use one, some, or all of these words in a story or poem:
- bowl, blue, bicycle, branch, break
- time, book, window, sword, lane, tree
2. See where one of these opening sentences leads you.
- You should enter the contest.
- Snow in April? No thanks!
- Branches, black with rain, beat against the window.
- Sam’s car raced around the corner.
- I loved the sound of birds singing in the trees. Today, at 5 a.m.–not so much.
- There was no need to get close to the man to see if he were dead. I’d had too much experience to be wrong now.
- A red light flashing on the control panel wasn’t usually a major problem. This time, it was different.
- Josie looked different today.
3. Here are some titles to play with: Broken, Spring Promise, Murder on Wednesday, The April Fool, Through the Window, Dog’s Day, Sadly Ever After.
4. What scenes can you image with these lines of dialogue?
- Look out!
- What’s your problem?
- It’s not my problem, but it will be yours if you run into that.
- Have you told Jim,yet?
- Why not?
- I’m not sure that he needs to know.
- Well, that’s the last time I do that.
- How can you be so sure?
- Hey, that’s mine!
- Can you prove it?
- I quit!
- What’s the matter?
- Look. It’s a mess.
- You have a point.
5. Spring seems to be taking its sweet time showing up where I live. It was a long and hard winter, and, certainly, other parts of Canada had it a lot worse. Nonetheless, I’m impatient with how long it’s taking to finally have some warm days. What makes you impatient? Especially something over which you have no control. How do you cope? How does your character cope with impatience?
6. Negative thoughts can sometimes be the only ones you hear. Kick them aside for a while and write a list of 10 things about yourself that you like or are proud of. Do the same for your family and your characters.
Have a writerly month, and if you want a boost to your productivity, don’t forget about the 30-day writing challenge starting on Tuesday.