How’s it going? Is your project sprinting ahead? Chugging along nicely? Not even started yet? Either way, these prompts are designed to offer you a quick burst of stimulation if you’re ever in need of it. No need to post anything or even to use this now, just slip it into your project whenever you need something to kick start it again.
If you have an amazing prompt of your own to help other people nudge their creativity up a few notches, then please email it to us at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Include your Hol name and ID as you’ll get 10 beans for your trouble. And if anyone can think of a better name for these Friday bolts of impetus (still nope….) then Sky will give you a vat of virtual cookies.
Without further ado (cause that was a lot of ado….), the first prompt is…
As simple as that, what can go wrong in your story right now? Make it go wrong. Even if you have a beautiful plan of how the next few pages of action are going to pan out, see if you can slip a twist or unexpected snag in there to liven things up. If anything, this makes writing more interesting for you and it certainly makes life more interesting for the characters. Besides, it might reveal things you hadn’t even known were there.
As the incredibly talented Prof. Lobiesk said in her sensational pep-talk over on The Motivation Station
Something you threw in (like a velociraptor apocalypse...) could lead to some other plot that might actually work. Let the plot bunnies run wild, I say! It will do your story some good.
Or, if nothing else, you can add much-needed chaos.
If you’re not doing a story, then try to introduce a moment of chaotic brilliance another way. Perhaps try to write a verse of your poem or a few sentences of your non-fiction without the letter E (It is possible, someone wrote an entire novel without it once). You never know what might happen as a result.