“Tra la, it’s May!”–words from Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, and I must say I’m glad that the month of May has finally turned up. It’s been a long slog of a spring, but finally the daffodils and forsythia are blooming and the grass is green, and I’ve even been able to take my office outside for a few hours at a time. Perfect! I hope that wherever you are, you can enjoy a change in the seasons that brings promises of a creative summer ahead.
Here are May’s writing prompts (late, I know), but I hope you find a story or two to keep you creative this month.
1. See what story or poem you can create from these random words:
- shout, door, red, race, grass, shudder
- part, time, sage, window, trees, distance
2. Here are some opening sentences that might suggest a story or two.
- The birds stopped singing.
- Well. I hope you’re happy.
- You’ve been invited to the court.
- I have a very active imagination, but even I knew I hadn’t imagined a gun shot
- The officer waited patiently for him to explain.
- Finally, all the waiting would be over.
- I didn’t want to leave.
- Rain soaked through her cloak.
- The loud tick of the clock seemed to echo in the room.
- The song ended.
3. Here are some lines of dialogue that might suggest a scene or two.
- Yesterday the plan was to leave at noon.
- That was yesterday.
- So what changed?
- I thought you weren’t going to make it.
- I had to go back.
- What for?
- That last person who tried that was sorry he tried.
- Why? What happened?
- Peter happened.
4. Try one of these titles for a story: Once Upon a Crime, Band Camp, The Empty Throne, The Last Stranger, The Wrong Body, Off Course, Danger Bay
5. What does/would your character with for when blowing out the candles on his/her birthday cake?
6. Are you a superhero fan? Would you or your character love to have a superpower? If so, what would it be?
And, I know I’m a couple of days early, but May the fourth be with you and bring you creative days ahead.