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- Publisher: Magic Lantern Press (June 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 8, 2016
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Story Prompts That Work: 52 Detailed, Tested Story Starters for Short Stories and Flash Fiction (for Adults and Teens) Kindle Edition
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Berg also includes helpful examples of how to use the prompts, so writers can see how to actually put them into practice. I particularly enjoyed her example for "the unreliable narrator" prompt. This would be a very useful book for any writers looking for stimulation, as well as exercises to further refine their skills.
This is a book of 52 writing prompts that can be used in a variety of ways. Some of them can be used for any age, while some are for the more mature audience. I am going to talk about a couple of my favorites and how I, as a teacher, will use them with my students.
Prompt #3 – Unreliable Narrator will work well in my classroom. We talk about unreliable narrators when we read a story about a dog who has been sold and really does not understand the true reason why he has been purchased. The situation of an unreliable narrator can make for a very humorous story as the students find out. I feel that I can help them better understand this by having them write a story with an unreliable narrator.
Prompt #6 – Choose a Story #1, #36, and #49 Is a great idea. You have a first line, then choose a line from Setting, Main Character, and Situation. The ones listed here may be a bit much for my middle school students but this is a wonderful idea and a wonderful way for me to come up with some writing prompts for them.
Prompt #18 – Twisted Fairy Tale #1 and #46 is something I do with the last unit I teach each year. We talk about fairy tales, fables, myths, legends and other traditional stories. They are required to take the story and tell it from another point of view, change the setting and time period. So they may take the story for Red Riding Hood and tell it from the Wolf’s perspective. It could be set in New York City in present time.
Prompt #19 – Objects is one I will twist a little. Instead of going around the house and grabbing six objects that will become a list of words in a story. I would take objects and put them in a bag and have students pick from the bag to get their list of words. This would be especially fun if we are studying a specific genre, for example ‘mysteries’ and they have to write a mystery story using those objects in their story.
Prompt #24 – A Picture is one I use every year. I find a variety of pictures and put them on my board and students may choose one or more to write about.
There are a lot of fun writing prompts here that can be done straight from the book, or you can put your own twist on them. One thing I really liked was that the author wrote example stories so you could get a better idea of what she was talking about. I can foresee this as creating hours and hours of fun writing.
In this book there are fifty two prompts for both fiction as well as non fiction writers, that have been taken from all walks of life. In some cases, the author has even created her own story around these prompts, some of these stories have even been published. Besides, some of these prompts can be used more than once without sacrificing originality.
Reading this book, it is fascinating to see that there are so many circumstances that can create a good story. Some of them involve making a story out of a list of randomly chosen objects, like the results of an ink blot test. Or the results of the shapes and patterns formed by the tea leaves inside a teacup of freshly brewed tea. They could also be made out of specific lists of words. for instance, words that we love, or hate, that go together in some way.
Other clues for writing in this book, are dreams, a meeting in the afterlife with a friend or relative, or even reality television. Fairy tales, rewritten in modern times with modern people, provide others. Taking advantage of a visit to a new place with different people and the impressions that they create, are further suggestions to get those ideas moving. Stories from one’s childhood and people who have inspired one, or at least made an impact on one’s life, are also a rich source of inspiration. The author also presents a cue for writing on days when one is incapacitated by writer’s block, viz., writing about not wanting to write!
Further prompts that can be used to get going, involve numbers, e.g lists of do’s and don’ts and how to handle them, obsessions and how to get out of them, and stories made out of specifying a time, a character and a situation, among many others. The author provides injunctions and tips on how to proceed and create a story, using the prompts for the best possible results.
The process of Life consists of achieving a balance between the dual forces of good and evil. A successful story that satisfies the heart, brings into being, an interplay of the positive and the negative, preferably with the happy ending of good winning over evil. Most of the prompts that are presented are based on the above premise. However, the author also explores other realistic possibilities, e.g. a story prompt that starts with a statement “It was not so bad at the beginning” and ends with “It could have turned out much worse”.
This book could provide enough material to serve as a textbook for a writing workshop.
This is a book that all short story that writers could return to again and again. For me personally. It was fun reading the cues that the author employs, challenging one’s inborn creativity to re-emerge and assert itself, after perhaps years of latency.
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