Category Archives: Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Inheritance

To some it can be a boon, to others a tool used to control their every move, to others a surprise. There’s the classic horror storyline of a lawyer bearing news of an unexpected inheritance, but to receive it you … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Opening and Ending Lines

Take one of the lines below for your opening line, another for your closing line, and fill in the blanks between. For an extra challenge (or if free choice has not provided you with inspiration) use the random number generator. … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Wrongly Accused

We’ve all seen it before. We all fear it: being wrongly accused. In movies like The Fugitive we’ve seen it play out. What you need: Protagonist: The Accused Antagonist 1: The Accuser Antagonist 2: The Actual Criminal (optional, sometimes both … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Tongue Twisters To Life

Take a tongue twister and bring it to life. For example: She sells sea shells by the sea shore. Who is she? Why does she sell seashells right where people could grab them for themselves if they wanted to? Maybe … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Eavesdropping

At the last meeting one of the bits of advice given was about dialogue and how to make it more realistic. A trick suggested to help improve dialogue was eavesdropping on real conversations and analysing them. While that tidbit was … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Role Reversal

The novel I’m writing now came from me wanting to make the protagonist of the story one of the ‘secondary’ characters of the quest. After all, we should be making all our secondary characters as strong and as fully fleshed … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: New Traditions

This time of year is rife with traditions, whether it be the deeply religious, or the old family type. But what if you’re in a world without Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of our world’s familiar holidays? What festival do they … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: First Line Fun

Take your favourite book. What’s its first line? We’re going to use that as the base, but here’s a few rules. Try not to work in the same genre as that book. None of the characters can be facsimiles of … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Platinum

Vision Writers is officially 20 years old this month. Woah! We are Brisbane’s oldest speculative fiction writers group and this is our platinum anniversary. So fittingly this month’s writing prompt is platinum. Just that. Platinum. Let’s see where our active … Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: Don’t speak

This is less a prompt and more a challenge. Can you write a story with no dialogue? Normally it would be a terrible mistake to have a story with no dialogue, but if you come at it from the right … Continue reading

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