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 in more traditional forms of...

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 that an arm is...

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 friend,...

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. [et_bloom_inline...

Daily Writing Prompt #24

Daily Writing Prompt #24

You get yourself into a terrible situation and end up killing a man in a fight. No one knows what you've done, and you retreat to your parents' house to try and figure out what to do. In your old room, you absentmindedly pick up a stack of baseball cards until one...

Daily Writing Prompt #23

Daily Writing Prompt #23

You work your whole life to become an astronaut, and you're picked to be on the first manned flight to Mars. As you prepare to land on the surface, your two fellow pioneers shed their flight suits to reveal themselves as hideous monsters, and one tells the other how...

Daily Writing Prompt #22

Daily Writing Prompt #22

You're hiking in the woods with your girlfriend, and you have a pain in your leg that has been getting worse all day. You are relieved for the break when nature calls and your girl heads off behind a bush. While she's gone, the backpack she left behind slumps over and...