Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I recently returned home to England after two and a half years of travelling. I’ve been back for almost four weeks now … and I have to admit to being rather bored. Whilst that might sound silly, when I’m always talking about writing, I have to admit that one of the things that gives me writer’s block seems to be having lots of time on my hands!
I write best in certain circumstances.
1) When I’m physically travelling – on a train or a bus. Probably because that means I can’t distract myself with the internet!
2) When I’m really really busy – because somehow then I’ll actually find time to write in my few spare hours! Give me too many spare hours, and I’m the queen of procrastination!
The thing is, over the past few weeks, I’ve realised there is one type of writing that I’ve been able to commit to, and that’s short stories. Lack of work has driven me to entering writing competitions with big cash prizes! So far I’ve finished off a story written by a best-selling author … in a genre I would never normally write. And then I was asked to use my imagination and write a story based on ‘a secret’ for woman&home magazine. Because of the average age of the magazine’s subscriber’s, I decided to write a story from the perspective of a middle-aged mother – again a very different tale to the ones I normally write. And both of the stories were short stories, a genre I haven’t experimented with since I did my GCSEs.
I promise to post both these competition entries up on the site, as soon as I know I’m allowed to. (Both entries are contingent on the stories never having been published before). However, I wondered if anyone fancies helping me relieve some boredom and exercise my ‘writing muscle’ …
I noticed a suggestion on another blog to write a story about a ‘strong female lead in a vampire situation.’ I’m not gonna lie, I’m rather over vampires and teen fiction, but could be persuaded to write a short story, or a scene. And I recently really enjoyed Elli Writes’ competition to write an entry based on ‘Rebirth’.
So I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a short story. Literally name your parameters – maybe you’ve got a couple of things you want to be included in it, or a paragraph you want me to carry on, or a situation you want me to write about …
Whatever it is, post your story prompt below, and I will endeavour to write a response to it! And if you’d rather write a whole story than post a story idea, then take on some of these story ideas, and then when you’ve finished your story, post a link to it below, and everyone can read it!
If you need somewhere to start, we could all try our hand at Maria Kelly’s writing prompt – ‘to write a strong character in a vampire situation’?
Make sure you let her know if you use her idea, and also add a link on this post so the blog readers can check it out too 🙂
So come on … get me out of my bored grump, and give me something to sink my writing teeth into … or give some of the other blog readers something to think about. Let’s make the most of our big community of ‘nearly-there’ authors!