Post by Jessica Humphrey
Has the Great Mental Flood™ blocked you from writing for 40 days and 40 nights? In other words, have you been Noah’s Dark’ed? As you can tell from that last line, you’re not the only one. It’s a fact that every writer deals with writer’s block, especially if you’re a full-time student who doesn’t have the mental capacity to think of anything besides schoolwork. Regardless, here are 15 prompts that will most definitely rocket launch you onto The New York Times Best Seller List. Disclaimer: Westwind expects a writing credit and a mention on the dedications page.
Randomly, UCLA’s inverted fountain starts spouting iridescent, rainbow water instead of its usual yellowish-brown water. Students rejoice and start skipping class to splash in the magical oasis. Campus police soon arrive at the scene and manage to find a freshman who witnessed something odd happening on school grounds the previous night, “I can’t even begin to explain what I saw.” What did the student see? Uncover the Roy G. Biv mystery.
2. Just Shut Up
Tell a story involving no characters or dialogue. The plot must be developed through changing imagery.
3. Multiple Personality Poem
Write a poem with two narrators. Each line is written by a different narrator and they are fiercely bickering.
4. Stumped Trump
Write something that Trump would have submitted to Westwind in the 60s. Also, write his reply to the rejection email.
5. For sale: vegan food, never eaten
Hemingway famously wrote this six-word novel: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Write your own, but “vegan” must be one of the words.
6. A Fanfic Fanfic
Fanfic writers are some of the most creative writers in the world, but they relish in making things awkward. For revenge, write a fanfic involving two fanfic writers.
7. Professor Relish with the Ketchup Bottle
Clue’s murder mystery game will always be a classic, but what really happened in the ballroom between Colonel Mustard and his lead pipe?
8. Single people on Valentine’s
Write a version of The Christmas Carol with a Scrooge but make it another holiday.
9. Be unoriginal and dramatic
We all hate when a TV episode starts by showing us a snippet of a catastrophic event, only to rewind 24 hours. Do the same! Write a two-part story where the first part happens 24 hours after the second part.
10. #CocaCola2020, #BlueTsunami
All polar bears suddenly decide to storm the U.S. because they are absolutely sick of climate change. Where do they set up camp, and will they join politics?
11. Please Subscribe, Comment, and Die
YouTube shuts down and its stars flock the streets, Purge style. Write a screenplay for this event in vlog form.
12. Gene Writer’s Block
Write a story about the time you walked into Gene Block’s office hours to discuss a very important school matter and walked out with a job offer and an expulsion.
13. Photoflash Fiction
A photographer visits the same place three times in her life: once as a child, then as a teenager, and lastly as an adult. While she aged, how did the setting age?
14. Incredible Mystery
Incredibles 2 is coming out soon, but there are still some questions about the first movie that need to be answered. For example, what’s the background story behind the neck-braced man that sued Mr. Incredible for saving his life, what made him attempt suicide, and how was he in therapy?
15. Lost in Assumption
Write clashing points of view from characters who experienced a profound miscommunication (Doctor/Patient, Student/Teacher, Father/Daughter, Country/President, etc.).
Now that your head is swarming with ideas, scribble away, Hemingway! Of course, don’t forget to submit your masterpieces to Westwind…or else!