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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Schmantastic List of Fantasy: Fantastic-Schmantastic Writing Prompts!

It's March! That means it's practically almost springtime and we can kiss this winter goodbye. I'm a weirdo that loves the winter, but this one's even grating on my nerves. I'm ready to send the snow away to the southern hemisphere and start the warm season. I'm feeling so emboldened and refreshed by the very thought! All this creative energy! There's only one thing to do for it -- March's Fantastic-Schmantastic list will be: 

The Schmantastic List of 10 Writing Prompts Inspired by Short Fiction

This list will contain 20 awesome writing prompts that are based on a piece of fiction that I love. Take a stab at the prompts, and then check out what inspired it!

          Prompt #1: The noise is driving you crazy, and only you can hear it.

                    Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.

          Prompt #2: They have something that you want, and you're going to get it.

                    Inspired by Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market.

          Prompt #3: An incredible new machine has been invented. What does it do?

                    Inspired by Franz Kafka's In the Penal Colony.

          Prompt #4: How did it all go wrong? Everything was going so well.

                    Inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias.

          Prompt #5: Somebody has a terrible secret -- but it's not a secret anymore.

                    Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rappaccinin's Daughter.

          Prompt #6: A windfall of money is coming your way. You have plans for it, but so does everyone else. 

                    Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

          Prompt #7: A stranger comes to you with a story, and he needs your help. 

                    Inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies.

          Prompt #8: Something is there that isn't supposed to be, and you want to to find out why.

                    Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's The Sentinel.

          Prompt #9: Choose a figure from myth or folklore and tell us about her life.

                    Inspired by e e cumming's Buffalo Bill.

          Prompt #10: It begins with the sound of a scream.

                    Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's Indian Camp.

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