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Kitsune—foxes from Japanese folklore. In some stories, kitsune have magical abilities, can shapeshift, and may have as many as nine tails. In other stories, kitsune shapeshift into human women and take mortal husbands. Their children, when born human, have supernatural powers of their own.
Write a story featuring kitsune. Are they tricksters or guardians, friends or foes?
Opening Line Prompt
The door had had no lock the day before.
The Highwayman by Loreena McKennitt.
Flesh out the story of The Highwayman through a short story or novel.
Tell the story of one of the soldiers on this ship, as it bears down on Alexandria.
Meaning: slight taint of decay.
Where might a slight taint of decay be shown? Is it the smell that comes out of an old house your character is entering? Is it the corruption at the heart of a government or corporation? Or maybe it comes from the personalities of the characters themselves?
The Doctor’s Wife by The Clockwork Quartet.
Clockpunk. What if the world ran on clockwork? Write about an alternate history in which the technological advancements of recent history were developed during the Renaissance through the power of clockwork.
“A couple of months back, I talked to a man who had just returned from this new world across the sea—they call it Avalon, the land of miracles—and he told me that incredible things happen there, the likes of which you and I can’t imagine. He said he’d seen beasts who could talk as well as any of us; objects spring from nothing at a single word; deadly injuries healed in the blink of an eye. White magic, Maira! He’d seen white magic!”
Write about a scene from your character’s childhood, from their adult perspective. How has time warped their memories, blurred them or distorted them?
Historical Figure Prompt
Write about the life and death of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, also known as Madame de Pompadour.
Opening Line Prompt
It didn’t take a sword stroke to kill him—just the stroke of a pen.
Write a story about skiers trapped by an avalanche and their journey back to safety.
Psychological Condition Prompt
Fugue amnesia—when a person is unable to recall details about themselves, such as their identity, personality or memories, for a short time. This is usually during a traumatic or stressful period, with memories returning slowly some time later.
Write about a character who suffers from this kind of amnesia. Their memories have been impaired and the novel follows their struggle to remember what happened during their period of amnesia.
Magic System Prompt
Imagine a system of magic where the potency of a spell is based on the colour associated with the magic-wielder. For example, someone with ‘red’ magic may not be as powerful as someone with ‘violet’ magic.
“Holy water cannot help you now
A thousand armies couldn’t keep me out
I don’t want your money
I don’t want your crown
See I’ve come to burn
Your kingdom down.”
— From Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
Need to stir up a stagnant story? Give these 20 writing prompts from @Writerology a go!
Who lives here?
What are you most afraid of? What would make this feared thing become even worse? Now unleash it on your main character.
Continue this with a description that uses all the senses but sight:
It was behind her; she could feel it.
“There were ways, back when I was young, to bind the soul to the earth even after the body was gone.”
Write a story set in a city that can dismantle and rebuild itself whenever it is threatened. Who lives there? What might threaten them? What happens if they can’t get away in time?
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