Generalization

This is another acrostic exercise to find the beginning of a story.

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G: Give me a dime.

E: Early in history, man needed fire to keep warm.

N: Never poke a gorilla in the eye.

E: Eagles can play sports.

R: Run quickly to the refrigerator to find a snack for me, please.

A: Arlo found three potato chips and ate them.

L: Little Louis liked limericks.

I: Inside my mind are many wonderful ideas.

Z: “Z” wanted to be the first letter, but “A” wouldn’t allow it.

A: A bird in your hand will eat the seed when it is ready.

T: Turtles are known for being very turtle like.

I: Invisible waves bounced off of my ear drums.

O: One time I knew more than I have forgotten.

N: Noodle things, Oh how I love noodle things, yes indeed I love noodle things.

 

 

 

8 words

popcorn suppress
large wind
motivate exotic
phone hypnotize

 

The idea of the 8  word prompt is to create a couple of sentences or more using the eight words. Here is what I thought of for this group.

 

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What did you think of this prompt? Leave a comment for me to consider.

 

One evening I received a phone call from a large bag of popcorn.  The purpose of the call was to motivate me to do something against my nature. However, I was able to suppress the callers wishes, and hypnotize my nemesis by using exotic words sent by the wind.

You could use these 8 words in your entry, or use the prompt generator for another set of words.

Every writer needs a starting point

Every writer needs a starting point.

This was an assignment that I had given to my English class. To develop story ideas using the vocabulary words from their unit list. I believe that it is a great way to create a supply of first lines for a short story.

 

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If you don’t push the keys, you won’t have anything on paper.

This is what I developed for the word “DICTION.”

D: Dimes are not my favorite things.

I: Igloos made from Jell-O can be eaten.

C: Cooking hamburgers with a magnifying glass can be time consuming.

T: Tom wrote out the list on his thumb.

I: Inside a watermelon you will find seedy characters.

O: October starts with the letter O.

N: Noodles in your pocket are a great snack.

What first lines could you develop using the word DICTION?

Leave your work in the comments section so others can see your creativity.

 

First Lines

Here are ten first lines that you can use to begin your story. Where will they lead to? Only the imagination of a writer can know for sure. It may surprise you what you come up with.

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1.       The milk in the baby bottle was quite luminous.

2.       If I had only made a right turn, the day would have ended on a bright note.

3.       Coffee stains on the piano were the beginning of my misfortune.

4.       I should have said, “Hand me the knife,” but I didn’t think before speaking.

5.       Pushing the red button could have been a disaster; but I pushed it anyway.

6.       If time was the only thing that I would lose in this venture, it would be worth doing.

7.       In war there are no winners; everyone loses something to their cause.

8.       Have you ever gotten close to a dragon?

9.       I stepped to my left, and something moved under me.

10.   We talked of many things in our younger days.

More than Tranquil

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I was recently given a challenge to write an ACROSTIC using the letters of my  first name.  After each letter I was instruct find three adjectives that would describe me; here is my poem.

K – kinetic, knowledgeable, and knackered.

U – unusual, upbeat, and unflappable.

R – reliable, reticent, and ready.

T- trusting, traditional, and tranquil

*Uncommon words: (at least to me)

  • knackered – very tired
  • unflappable – not easily perturbed, or excited
  • reticent – reluctant to draw attention to yourself. Cool and formal in manner.

Find adjectives to describe yourself at Adjectives Starting

Wring prompts found at SmallWorld

 

What Bob Saw

He found the journal on the train. There it was, tucked away under one of the seats, with it’s faded green leather cover. He almost missed seeing it, but that little gray rodent scurried across the shiny, black leather shoes; which in turn caused him to look downward and notice the journal. It was late and the rain pounded down upon the metal roof of the Silver Eagle. (Who was Bob? Where was he going, and what did this journal have to do with his life?) 

Leave your story in the comments section below.

All entries will be considered. Please, this is a family friendly site, so I ask that there be no vulgar, or suggestive language used in your story

 

Sights

 

 

 

Coming through the mountains there were sights that I as a young man from Michigan had never seen before. High altitudes and narrow roads.  A trailer from a transport company moved  very slowly. Darkness had fallen. Village lights peeked out from amongst the trees.

Dawn arrived.  I awoke  on  that cold November day. Below the barrier, a number of cars, and large rigs twisted and deformed lay in the valley below the mountain. In the mountain there was beauty, and the wonder of God’s creation. There was also a very present danger, and possibly death alongside the splendor before me.

The writing prompt for this story is the word sights.

Only the Beginning

“He found the journal on the train.” Said the elderly man. The cover was aged, and yet there was strength to it’s shape. Inside the condition of the pages was just as remarkably preserved. “Young man,” he said. “This could be the beginning of something bigger than either you, or I have ever seen in our lifetimes combined.”

Those that knew the old man would have said of him, “Why that old timer always thinks that there is something big about to happen.”

Your challenge: Write a 500 word short story that continues this story.

Questions to ponder

  • What is the relationship between the young man and the elder man?
  • Who did the journal belong to?
  • Who found the journal?
  • What things did the old man discover when reading the journal?
  • Is there something big about to happen? If so, what is going to happen, and how will it affect the characters in the story?

If you use this prompt to write your story would you include a link to the story in the comments section so that I can see what develops from this suggestion. Happy Writing.

5 Minutes

I have only five minutes to write, so what will I write about? I think that perhaps I will write about books.

As I sit here my eyes wander around the  room like a curious cat. I see them everywhere I look. There are books upon the book shelves, and a few scattered in a loose pile upon the floor. There is a cook book on the counter with its pages turned to the most delicious dessert section. A 1952 Pilgrim Edition of the Holy Bible is within an arms reach away when I need spiritual help.

Books are always going to be around in one form or another and for that I am thankful.

Times up.What could you pen down in five minutes?

Bacon sandwiches

Sometimes our writing gets bogged down in all of the everyday life occurences; what do you do to remedy the situation? Use a writing prompt to get the words flowing.

Whether your writing is fictional to spark the readers imagination or non-fictional to inform the reader there are times when it needs outside help.

When you think of a bacon sandwich what does it remind you of?

 

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Bacon sandwiches remind me of Sunday mornings when I was a boy growing up in the Midwest. Sunday morning was the only day that Dad cooked breakfast for us.The other days of the week he was off to work as we were getting ready for school.

The smells that wafted through the house early Sunday morning was that of Sanka coffee mixed with the smell of frying bacon and pancakes. The pancakes were as large as a 12″ plate and nearly 1/2″ thick.

The best way to eat them was to roll up about three pieces of thick bacon into the pancake, and then dip it into the maple syrup. A cold glass of milk was best to wash the delight down with.

When I became older and had children of my own I continued the pancake and bacon tradition. Although I may have taken the frequency to an all time high level, and overloaded them with the pancakes, for now my five children are not very fond of pancakes. However, my second born son Kurt II is nearing his thirties, and he loves bacon. So while the pancake tradition may have been put aside; the bacon lives on.

I would be interested in hearing what bacon sandwiches remind you of.

The Bacon Sandwich

A bacon sandwich (also known in parts of the United Kingdom and New Zealand as a bacon butty or bacon sarnie, in Ireland as a rasher sandwich[1] and as a bacon sanger in Australia and parts of Scotland) is a sandwich of cooked bacon between bread that is usually spread with butter, and may be seasoned with ketchup or brown sauce. It is generally served hot. The BLT[2] is a popular variant of the bacon sandwich with the additional ingredients of lettuce and tomato, but served cold.

Bacon sandwiches are an all-day favourite throughout the United Kingdom.[3] They are often served in greasy spoons, and are anecdotally recommended as a hangover cure.[4] Australian hamburger shops sell a bacon sandwich,[citation needed] which is made much like a traditional Australian hamburger with fried bacon, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, tinned beetroot and barbecue sauce or tomato sauce. In some establishments the sandwich will be made from bread toasted on only one side, while other establishments serve it on the same roll as is used for hamburgers. In Toronto, Canada, peameal bacon[5] served on a kaiser roll is a popular version of the sandwich.

Wikipedia contributors. “Bacon sandwich.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 Mar. 2016. Web. 13 May. 2016.