Writing Challenge/Prompt

The “aliens have landed” is an old tired trope. But this month, try a new twist.

Imagine these aliens are refugees and can’t go home again. How do the people in your fictional world react to these strangers?

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

 

Writing Challenge/Prompt

This month I’m going to challenge you to write about something that scares you. You could write about a fear of spiders or snakes, the rush of panic you feel in high places, fear of flying, or the fear of leaving the familiar. Write about fear itself.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

Writing Challenge/Prompt

We’ve all read stories about the world ending, either by natural disaster or human mistakes. But what happens a month or a year after the world ends? Do the gates into fairy open again? Does a ship from another world arrive? Think of your own twist on that scenario and write a story.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

 

Writing Challenge/Prompt

We’ve all heard the time honored advice that writers avoid cliches in our books and stories. This month I’d like to challenge you to do the exact opposite.

Think of the most timeworn, overused, and eye-rolling SFF cliche you can. Now write an origin story for that cliche. Where did it come from and why has the trope lasted so long?

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

Writing Challenge/Prompt

Ever wonder how many completely different stories can be written with the same first line? That’s the challenge this month, to see how many story ideas you can come up with from this first line:

The door opened no more than an inch, and stuck fast.

Out of all those story ideas, go write the one you think will work best.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

 

 

Writing Challenge/Prompt

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives a simple definition of the word transformation: a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.

There are other, more complicated definitions, but I want you to think about that definition for a minute. What does it mean to be transformed? How could someone be transformed?

Now go write a story about that.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

 

Writing Challenge/Prompt

Mixing old genre tropes can often have fresh new results, and result in amazing stories.

So imagine this scenario. You are the Captain of a brand new starship on her maiden voyage. Your ship is hundreds of light years from Earth when you start hearing odd noises. The head of engineering delivers her team’s findings in person, knowing you won’t believe them any more than she did at first.

There is a very confused troll under the bridge of your new starship. His name is Horatio.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

Writing Challenge/Prompt

Some of the best stories start with the writer asking her or himself a “what if…” question. One question leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve got a story idea.

So here’s a question for all of you: What if summer never ended? How would the world, and the people living in that world, change?

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up at anytime.  Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

Writing Challenge/ Prompt

Pictures are often the best writing prompts of all. A single photograph can generate entire worlds and situations, scenarios and put you into a character’s mind. No two people will view a picture the same way. No two writers will write the same story about a photo.

The challenge we have this month is for you to write a story about this photo:

three women

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up at anytime.  Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).

 

Writing Challenge

Writing prompts and challenges can come from anywhere. This month I want you to think about the word “last” and what it could mean, and what it might imply.

Think about what it means to be the last one left behind, to see the last sunset, to find the last survivor. What if you lived on the last planet to still support life? What would it feel like to know that the Fae were dying and you were leading the last wild hunt?

Think about all that and more, then flip those ideas on their head.

Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up at anytime.  Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.

Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).