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Writing Prompts pt. 15   Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Huff

 

  • I walked up the shadowed path with my friends, distracted from their excited chatter by the queasiness in my gut. How did I wind up here, at what was supposed to be the most haunted of houses in our entire city?
  • Write a monologue in which a character vents a strong emotion, but the venting leads to the character revealing that there maybe another emotion at work.
  • Describe how your life would be different now if you had or hadn’t done something you regret.
  • Write about something you did that makes you feel guilty. Focus mainly on the emotion and how it affects your actions.
  • Write a scene in which a character is lying about the way they feel. Show how the character’s actions give away his/her true emotions.
  • Imagine emotions as people and describe them with as much detail as possible.
  • Write about the evidence, or lack thereof, for a supreme being that you can find in your own life.
  • Create a character in your mind. Describe his wardrobe and possessions. Explain what items are his favorite and why.
  • What songs do you think capture the spirit of true love and why.
  • If you could choose a magical item to have, what would it be? How would you use it?
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10 Writing Prompts pt. 14   Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Huff

 

  • How would you go about starting a revolution to take over the world?
  • Are there any real life ghost towns in your area? Write an article or true life story about the towns abandonment.
  • Write about the most difficult decision you’ve ever made.
  • Open your dictionary and pick out 5 random words, and then use them in a story or poem.
  • Think of a creepy or haunted place by where you live. Write your version of the story of how it came to haunted.
  • Write as if you are an explorer who found a new species of frog, but find out that it is flesh-eating.
  • The woman just grabbed his arm. Out of nowhere. Just grabbed his arm and said “let’s go”. He supposed he should have questioned it, but she was hot. And mysterious. Little did he know then that she was also dangerous.
  • I was happy to finally get away for awhile, but this is definitely not the vacation I would have chosen…
  • A group of archeologists go on an expedition, only to get drawn into the tragic events of the people they are studying.
  • Think of your favorite ballad or love song and then rewrite it from a different point of view. The other woman (or man), the father of someone, a coworker, etc.

8 Unusual Animals   Leave a comment

by Elizabeth Huff

When your hero is crawling around on distant planets or exploring the far recesses of this one, it always helps if you can describe the local fauna. Here are 8 unusual animals that will seem at home in strange places distant or near.

  1. Image Detail YETI CRAB – This freaky looking thing is a crab that lives deep on the ocean floor by deep sea vents. It is thought to be blind and may have the ability to detoxify water of poisonous chemicals by the vents where it makes it’s home.
  2. Image DetailTRIOPS – This 3-eyed crustacean is considered one of the oldest living species on the planet. Although it is considered a protected species (there are only two known wild populations) you can purchase them from some dealers. If interested you can purchase them here.
  3. Image DetailOLM – These rather adorable looking amphibians look so much like Chinese dragons that I had to add them in. In fact the first written mention of them is asĀ  a baby dragon. They live in subterranean waters of caves and are completely blind.
  4. Image DetailSTAR-NOSED MOLE – From super cute to super freaky. The star-nosed mole is easily identifiable from the fleshy tentacle-like appendages around it’s face. They can also smell underwater and are functionally blind.
  5. Image DetailCANDIRU – This innocuous looking fish is anything but. Also known as a vampire fish, it is a parasitic catfish that makes its home in the Amazon. Some species are also responsible for those nasty little rumors about fish that swim up into human urethrae.
  6. Image DetailTARSIER – These small primates fall into the “so ugly they’re cute” category, and remind me a little of Yoda. Although once widespread, tarsiers today are restricted to southeast Asian islands. They are about 30 -40 cm long.
  7. Image Detail PELICAN EEL – This thing looks like it comes from a sci-fi movie. Although closely related to eels, it is actually a fish. The jaw can open wide enough to swallow prey much larger than itself, but it’s primary diet seems to consist of small crustaceans.
  8. Image DetailHAGFISH – These creatures are built strangely (they have a skull, but no vertebral column or jaw), look strange (eel-like bodies with paddle-like tails), and act strangely (creating gooey slime and tying themselves in knots). They are also considered living fossils with relatives dating back 300 million years or so.

Many of the animals pictured here are endangered. In fact the most interesting animals tend to also be the most abused. For more information on how you can help visit the World Wildlife Fund.

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