Prompts

Prompt: Letter in the Conversational Style

Write a letter in a conversational style as if you were sending a summary of the year’s events to family and friends, like an annual letter, sharing insights on family life, personalities, and activities.

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Simple Pleasures

The following was inspired by the prompt, XX, and is by Writers in the Grove member, Kirsten Baggins.

The ice cream drips down onto the pavement, but he doesn’t seem to mind as he laps at the scoops, a big happy smile on his face as he looks up at the sky, smiling at the sun I’ve had to teach him not to stare at it specifically, but he stills likes to look up and bask in its warmth. Heat seems so foreign to him, what with him being so cold and undead.

With his free hand, he picks me up and places me on his shoulder, careful not to make me spill my own treat, before we head down the city sidewalk. On a nearby corner, a man is strumming away at his guitar for tips, and my friend approaches, bobbing his head cheerfully to the tune-music always gets his attention, and he’ll follow it wherever it goes. The guitarist freezes upon seeing his audience, stopping his playing with fear, only for my friend to say, “Play.”

“What do we say?” I ask.

“Please.”

The guitarist nervously continues, while I fish out some bills for my friend to put in the guitar case. He makes a happy sound when he does, saying to the performer, ‘Music good.’ The man merely gives a nervous smile and nods in agreement, and I smile to him as he keeps playing, and we move down the sidewalk.

As we continue down the street, I ask from my perch, “Do you want to go to the bookstore?”

Reading is a great joy for my friend – he can’t quite do it himself yet, so in my teaching him to talk, I teach him to read as well. He’s yet to meet a book he doesn’t like: Fairy tales, short stories, poems, any genre, all of them he’s loved very, very much

At my questioning, he nods and makes another happy noise, telling me, “Yes, friend.”

Prompt-a-Month: The Relationship

Writers in the Grove Prompt-a-Month badge.The February 2018 prompt-a-month for our Writers in the Grove members is:

Describe what your favorite chair looks like – without ever using the word chair.

Writers in the Grove members may hand in their submissions during the workshops or use our members only submission form. Check out the guidelines and instructions for submissions in the announcement.

Prompt: Lonely Monsters

The prompt this week came from Kirsten Baggins:

Monsters are inherently lonely characters, often seeking out some form of friendship, only to be rejected, mostly on the basis on their appearance. It’s the part about them that touches our hearts, and makes us feel for them, seeing them without a companion, and with that, I ask this: If you were friends with a monster, what would you do with them? How would you spend your day with them? It could be any monster of your choosing-the monster in your closet or beneath your bed, a werewolf, a vampire, a reanimated corpse, a mummy, a ghost, anything at all! Just what would you do with your monstrous friend?

Prompt-a-Month: Next Door

Writers in the Grove Prompt-a-Month badge.The January prompt-a-month for our Writers in the Grove members is:

Next Door

The deadline for submissions is 2/1/2018. Submissions will be published during the next 30 days.

Writers in the Grove members may hand in their submissions during the workshops or use our members only submission form. Check out the guidelines and instructions for submissions in the announcement.

2017 DECEMBER 18 PROMPT

There were two prompt options presented today.

Prompt 1:

There was an incident in the news this morning concerning an Amtrak train that was traveling from Seattle to Portland. It had gone off the tracks while crossing an overpass over the I-5 highway and some of the train cars were hanging from the overpass above the highway. There were reports of multiple injuries and some casualties. This was a developing news story and that was all the information available.

The prompt is to consider what you would do if you were waiting at the train station in Portland expecting someone to arrive on this train and heard the news.

Prompt 2:

It will be a new year in a couple of weeks and it’s that time when people make New Year’s resolutions.

Consider this possible resolution: Who do you want to be in the time you have left in this life and what gift would you give yourself to become the person you wanted to be?

Prompt: Precepts

Like a motto! Like a famous quote. Like a line from a fortune cookie. Any saying or ground rule that can motivate you. Basically, a precept is anything that helps guide us when making decisions about really important things.

Mr. Browne, Wonder

The prompt this week is from the book and movie, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.

Write your precept and explain why.