Ten Writing Prompts for Unusual Stories
Terts Spattly, a limo washer for the Dallas Cowboys falls in love with a girl sports reporter who needs a transplant for her heart, a transplant for her liver and a transplant for her Rhododendron plant that’s been crowding out the petunias in her front yard. Choose your favorite historical figure from whom these organs will be harvested — but only after the historical figure is done transplanting the Rhododendron.
Write a story about why there is no writing prompt in this space. Include the number 2 in your story at your own peril.
Imagine that an alien named, Fats, lives in the tree outside your bedroom window. Every morning, after telling you what to wear and what to eat for breakfast, Fats slaps you in the face. One day you decide to shoot Fats in the head. Write a courtroom drama about being sued by the Area 51.
Write a scene wherein a woman is flattened by a steamroller. Use only the words, “Sputnik” and “harpsichord.” (If you find this too difficult go ahead and throw in the phrases, “Oy Vey” and “They call me Mister Tibbs!”)
Your main character, Huh McWart, sneezes and both his glass eyes pop out. Write a story about how he manages to located them after two-weeks of living off nothing but a bottle of Mazola oil and one Cheeto (abnormally large) while he systematically searches for them by feeling every square inch of his apartment with his toes — starting in the master bedroom.
A 19th-century Chinese peasant named Wang Lung Lung Lung walks 1400 miles to ask Lang Lung-Lung to marry him. She accepts. Write a documentary about how Lang Lung-Lung who is now Lang Lung-Lung Lung Lung Lung and her husband Wang Lung Lung Lung give up smoking. Do not include the word “lung” in the story.
A woman named, Lucy, is married to a Cuban bandleader, Ricky, who has a very bad temper. Lucy spends too much money on a dress making her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky, furious. Write a humorous story about how Lucy manages to calm Ricky down just seconds before he beats her to a pulp.
Imagine you have the super power of smell. Write a short story about who and what you would smell from the perspective of the smell itself and then never speak of it again.
Write a play about a woman who is too shy to go outside so she sits behind her computer and writes stories about another woman who is too shy to go outside so she sits behind her computer and writes stories about another woman who is addicted to hydrogenated palm oil glyceride.
Write a novel about a stapler. Print it out. Rip it into a million little pieces. Glue it back together. Write a poem about what just happened.
And there you have it Dear Readers! Linda’s ten writing prompts for unusual stories. Happy writing!
Until next time . . . I love you