Writing Prompt: How Punky Is Your Chicken?

my favourite cyberpunk character, Alita, from Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro

my favourite cyberpunk character, Alita, from Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro

Several of our regular meeting attendees are ‘punks’. No, not mohakws and piercings kind of punks (though if you’re that sort of punk you’re welcome to come!) I mean we write – and love to read – in punk genres.

I write mythpunk(myths and fairy tales with a twist), Grant writes dieselpunk(1920’s fun and grit), Kristen likes to read cyberpunk, Meg loves steampunk (or at least Jay Kristoff’s steampunk Japan from his Stormdancer series).

So my writing challenge for this month is to punk it up. Write something in a punk genre. If you want, leave it up to chance with the random number generator.

  1. Cyberpunk
  2. Dieselpunk
  3. Mythpunk
  4. Steampunk
  5. Atompunk
  6. Solarpunk
  7. Dreampunk
  8. Stonepunk
  9. Nanopunk
  10. Elfpunk

Or, make up your own punk genre.

If just the genre isn’t enough to get your writer engine revving, spin the number generator again to get your lead character

  1. Grizzled veteran with a secret hobby of knitting(or a similar grandmotherly habit)
  2. an architect
  3. A father whose daughter is still out on a date after curfew
  4. a seamstress
  5. a shapeshifter who turns into something dramatically uncool (like a teacup poodle)
  6. a bartender who doesn’t consume alcohol
  7. an android
  8. someone who slipped through from an alternate ‘punk’ dimension (you can even re-roll for which one)
  9. a luck child
  10. an animal tamer who works with unusual monsters (like hippocamps or pastinaca)


Note: I don’t think tea cup poodles are uncool, they’re adorable, but can you imagine if you turned into one while all the other lycanthropes get to be wolves and panthers?

Write it and share if you dare, but at least tell us you gave it a go in the comments below.

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/
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