What is it? A thread where anyone can ask for a writing prompt.
Who can do it? Anyone. I just said that. Try reading for once.
How do I do it? Ask your mother. Oh, you mean the prompt; I thought you meant, nevermind. Well, you post something below that says prompt me! or maybe something less demanding and if you want a specific genre or word count please let someone know. Then you wait, yes wait. Then, magically some might say, a prompt will be delivered unto you.
Who can provide the random prompt? Anyone. Literally anyone. The first person who sees the post wanting a prompt will provide the prompt .
Give it a try.
I like this. Why hasn't anyone commented on this?
I'll probably ask for a prompt after I'm doing writing my sci-fi story for the teleport us contest.
Writers are lazy.
We need deadlines and word counts. A good kick in the ass to get us motivated.
I like the profile pic Matt, really accentuates your great hair.
@Court, true dat!
@Dakota, well if someone wants a word count or deadline, they just say: "Prompt me! Also provide word count and deadline. Sci-Fi genre. Or something. Hell, if it's flash they can even post in the thread.
@Dave, thank ya sir. I had it laying around. At some point I need honest to god artist pictures for a M.L. Hall website/facebook. I got no fucking clue what I'm doing though
You know, Dave's right. I commented on your photo, what, a few days ago? I didn't even notice how goddamn fabulous your hair looks.
Ha! The hair again. I'm going to feel like shit if I finally go bald. Graying at the temples already.
You're letting us all down, Matt. Your hair is the only thing keeping this site together. Don't you know we have each post tied together with strands we stole from your hairbrush? Gray isn't gonna fucking cut it.
Gray hair adds seasoning to a man, or so I've been told. Fuck being bald though, my strands of excellence will not die!
"Strands of excellence" is a fucking fantastic way to refer to hair.
I know what it is. We're not challenging anyone, just our selves.
Oh well, I'll bite.
Prompt: The bath-water has gone cold.
It looks like a crew-cut to me. Congrats on not having hipster-hair, I guess.
Prompt me! 4,000 words. Literary fiction, no sci-fi or fantasy.
Identical twins: one runs a bowling alley, the other bowls.
@J.Y. love the prompt
@Courtney, you can totally rock that prompt!
Prompt me. Gimme a word count and deadline. Noir/pulp genre. No detective stories though. I don't do detective.
Noir. Let's do a classic, a lesbian pickup artist detective! Kidding
Prompt: A shrink has a messiah complex for his patient. Up to 4000 words, due on the 18th.
Make it sing!
That doesn't sound terrible, actually. I'm assuming my due date is a week from today? (I don't think I'll be workshopping this month, but I'll attach it here or something.)
Science fiction please (for the upcoming LR sci fi thingy).
I always wanted to see Homer's Odyssey in space. I think it could be brilliant. Earth-shattering! You could even pick one story out of it, if you like, but the overall arc would be great. Have at it. Up to 5000 words, you have a 2 weeks starting now.
Have you read Dan Simmons's Ilium/Olympos books? It's a far-future humanity, some of which have been engineered into Greek gods and are playing out the Iliad.
I was just thinking of a guy getting home after some space war. I have not read it. Did you want me to give you something else?
No, I'll give it a shot. Maybe I'll center on Penelope.
Love it. Run with it. Sounds like it's going to bad ass. I look forward to seeing.
I want someone to write the story I want to read:
PROMPT: A man kidnaps and uses pschology to induce stockholm syndrome in the woman he's obsessed with.
Word count: 3-5000
^ I may actually be able to pull that off, and might be able to include Matt's original prompt. I'm in.
Let's try posting a video. Ulysses (in space) cartoon from the 80s. And there was Ulysses gum too.
Prompt: people are shit. Creative non-fiction, 3 word maximum, due this morning.
I thought you wrote that, Howie. Did I dream that? Am I fucking psychic for prompts? Lamest superpower ever.
I wrote a scene where the guy kidnaps the girl, but I never wrote any more on it (and the synopsis had that prompt in it). I know I'll never write it, but I really want to read it.
I've already started it. Haven't gotten too far into it, but I have a few characters fairly fleshed out, an idea of how I can connect Matt's prompt and Stockholm Syndrome. But, and I did think about this for awhile, I'm writing this in 3rd person, which I've found in the past that I'm not exactly great at. I just don't feel like 1st person will work for the story I'm coming up with. I'm forseeing this one pushing the 5k word mark. Possibly more.
Oh. Well, you destroyed my idea of running a business where I predict people's WAR prompts for cash.
That scene was good, though. And that does sound interesting.
This thread is working like gangbusters and the great part is you're all writing for yourselves. I'm excited to see where all these go.
Oh, by the way, I demanded a 4,000 word count because I'm fucking tired of having dozens of stories with 2,500 words. I need some variation.
Matt, why the fuck aren't you being prompted? It's your thread!
I have to get beat in WAR first. I think it'll be this round. I've basically just stared at my story all day. I am shocked to have made it this far. Honestly shocked.
When I ask for a prompt, it'll be for a novel. No lie. A novel with a deadline and I will finish it.
EDIT: I may even put it on google docs and make it open source so you guys can track my progress.
Here's some hold music while you wait.
@Mr. Pane: Prompt: Collect three random sentences from magazines, newspaper articles, stories, etc. Unify them into one story.
Write an experimental flash story that shows the same thing happening three different times and three different ways. For example,a date, asking for a promotion, handling a bully. Don't explain, just make scene breaks between each one.
That's a prompt, isn't it? Or do you want a different one?
Thats neat. I'll give it a go
I guess I'll take one. I'm not doing genre stuff for a while.
Okay, how about a weird Easter tale for you?
Do you want a different one, Renfield?
So, how do you know if the person wants to use your prompt or is still waiting for a prompt that clicks with them? Or is that not the way the thread works?
I think once you issue the prompts it's up to them to either succeed or fail no matter the prompt. In this case, though, I do already have an Easter/sex story.
Okay, then, how about a guy whose wife starts growing, and keeps growing, to like nine feet tall and eight hundred pounds. See how he likes that! :)
I'll give that a try.