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Daily Writing Prompt #30

Daily Writing Prompt #30

You normally wouldn’t pick up anyone so late in the night, but the old man looked so pitiful that you couldn’t pass him by. Now you find yourself in a zombie nightmare: do you eat him and take the chance that his aged meat will make you sick, or drop him...
Daily Writing Prompt #29

Daily Writing Prompt #29

You go to confessional and tell the priest that you hit a dog on the road. He prescribes a dose of Hail Marys and Our Fathers and sends you on your way. That evening, after a day of church and football games, you walk into your dark house, and the door closes behind...
Can a First-Person Narrator Die?

Can a First-Person Narrator Die?

Let me state right up front … YES, your first-person narrator can die. Your story is your story, after all, and you can make anything at all happen within the confines of those pages. That said, whether you should kill your first-person narrator is another...
Daily Writing Prompt #28

Daily Writing Prompt #28

You’re having dinner with your new girlfriend and her parents. Her mother serves a pot roast that tastes strange and is really tough to chew, but you’re polite and don’t mention it. After the meal, her father goes to the front door, engages the...
What Is a Mary Sue Character?

What Is a Mary Sue Character?

“Mary Sue” is a shallowly written character with few flaws. “She” can be either female or male, though the latter is often called “Gary Stu” or something similar. Mary Sue has her origins in fan fiction, but she has been identified...
Daily Writing Prompt #27

Daily Writing Prompt #27

At Christmas, your mother brings your daughter an old teddy bear she found at an antique shop. After your mom leaves, your little girl runs to you crying because she dropped her bear and “broke” it. When you look closely at the stuffed animal, you find...
Daily Writing Prompt #26

Daily Writing Prompt #26

Old Mrs. Brown always has the best tomatoes in town, and everyone whispers about her secret formula. All you know is that she hires one high school senior each year to work her garden, and she pays well. This year it’s you. Wonder whatever happened to your...
Daily Writing Prompt #25

Daily Writing Prompt #25

You’ve heard the old house is haunted, but you don’t really believe it. You go there all the time, and the only people you ever see or hear are the live ones who come looking for a thrill. Strange that they never seem to notice you. ← Daily Writing...

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