Welcome February! One more month closer to spring! This last month has been unrelentingly cloudy, and I’m more than ready for some sunny days. A little sunshine can go a long way to cheer up a cold, snowy day. So can escaping into a new story—either one you are reading or one you are writing.
I love finding a new author who has already published a number of books because then I don’t have to wait any time at all to enjoy the entire series. I read all of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries around this time last year. Now I’m impatiently waiting for the next one. Right now, I’m reading the Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths and am enjoying them very much—three down, six to go, and a new one due soon!
If writing a new story is your way to escape, here are some writing prompts to keep you busy in February.
Use one, some, or all of the words in one of these lists to write a story or poem.
- Candle, frame, snow, path, wave, match
- Lake, pine cone, laugh, car, memory, rain
- Door, lock, late, night, empty, cold, silver
- Light, distant, melody, gem, box, ice, glint.
Here are some opening sentences for you to try.
- Who ate all the chocolate?
- I couldn’t understand what anyone was saying.
- The light hurt my eyes.
- Power’s out!
- I hoped it wasn’t too late.
- We heard the door creak, then silence.
- When there’s a bat in the house, I don’t do brave.
- Though my family would like to think so, a nice cup of tea wasn’t going to be any help in this situation.
- I hadn’t been this afraid of being caught since I stole a pack of matches when I was six.
Here are some titles that might suggest a story or two.
Jenny’s Secret, The Circle, Moon Dragon, Closing Day, The Magic Crow, She’s Back, The Last Letter, The Blue Vase, Damian’s Promise, The New House
Here are some snippets of dialogue that might suggest a scene or a story.
- I thought you said we’d be safe here.
- That’s what I said.
- So you were wrong.
- I saw you take that when Helen wasn’t looking.
- She’ll never miss it.
- She will eventually and then what?
- Henry told me to be here at 8 ‘clock.
- So where are the others?
- I don’t think there are any others.
- I can’t believe that Helen could lie like that.
- She’s had lots of practice.
- But it’s wrong.
- You live her life for a day and then say that.
Hope you all have a writerly February!