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You’ve spent the last six years trying to convince your twin girls that the monster under the bed is imaginary. No matter how hard you try, the girls insist the monster is real…and he’s lonely. You come home from work late one night and the monster is at the kitchen table, having cookies and milk […]

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What’s it like to be an explorer, the first to see lands, sights–and even universes–that no one has seen before. And what does it feel like to be out there all alone? Now write a story about a character in that position. Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself […]

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Imagine waking up one morning and finding your house full of pixies, brownies, sprites, and dragons. Magic is real. Write a story about how people learn to cope. 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 […]

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Post apocalyptic or dystopian stories are a genre staple. We’re all familiar with stories about the harsh struggle to survive, let alone thrive. But here’s a different character or story twist to think about. What kind of person survives the end of the world? Think about what personality traits a survivor has, what skills, and […]

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There are fundamental things about the world we live in that all of us take for granted. Water is wet, the sky is blue, and gravity holds us to the earth are just a few. There are many more. How does changing one of those unchangeable things alter the world your characters live in? Remember: […]

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The best stories can come from imagining yourself in another place, another situation. Pictures this: You go to bed in your own house and wake up in a colony ship, millions of miles out in space. You wander levels of this huge space for days, and while there is plenty of food and water, you […]

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A grownup game of fill in the blanks is this month’s challenge. The first sentence of any story sets the tone, establishes the setting, and is meant to pull readers into what’s going on. Choices you make as a writer do all these things, and more. Fill in the blanks of this first sentence, then […]

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Workshop member Joseph sends the following prompt: Write a kind of romantic sci-fi story were a man meets a woman, and falls in love with her for her intelligence. Not long afterward, he discovers the woman of his dreams is actually an alien. What kind of conflict does this cause our hero, and how does he […]

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Luck is a pretty universal concept. Some believe in it, others don’t. But think about what the world–or the universe–would be like if luck was a real, almost physical thing that could be shared, hoarded, or withheld. Now go write a story about that idea. Make it your own. Remember: Challenges are supposed to be […]

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Think about this: You go to bed in your own house, in your own room. When you wake you’re outside. Polished ceramic walls–too smooth and too high to climb–surround you. You almost miss the small opening that lets you escape the circle, but you see the walls continuing on. Where are you? How do you […]