[TEXT] NaNoWriMo Prompt 1: Clothing

This prompt is one in a series of prompts for those participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

As you introduce your characters, describe what they’re wearing. What does their clothing say about their social status? What does it say about their cleanliness? Are they wearing something that’s dry clean only? Or is this the fourth day they’ve worn the same jeans?

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[TEXT] Tattoo Twins

Write about two strangers who are sitting next to each other on a bus or a train or in a doctor’s office. They don’t really say anything to each other at first, but then they notice that they have the exact same tattoo on their wrist.

What is the tattoo? Did they get the tattoo at the same tattoo shop in Las Vegas or was one done locally and the other done in Thailand? What does the tattoo mean to each person?

[TEXT] Halloween Prompt: Prank Gone Wrong

The goal of this Halloween prompt is to write a story about a husband who pranks his wife on Halloween, but the prank goes wrong..

The husband has paid some neighborhood kids to line up on the sidewalk around the house completely still and silent. As the wife answers the door for the trick-or-treaters, she becomes increasingly more concerned. Just when the wife is completely freaked out, there’s a loud bang from outside and one of the kids in the line is found on the ground. People begin running in all directions, but the other children in the line form a circle around the kid on the ground.  A police officer comes running up and asks what happened. All of the kids point to the husband.

What happens next?

[TEXT] Halloween Prompt: Behind the Haunted House

The goal of this Halloween prompt is to write a story from the perspective of a group of people who work at a haunted house. In what ways is the job just like any other? In what ways is it different?

What’s it like for a creepy clown to flirt with a zombie on break? Does the guy carrying the chainsaw complain that it’s heavy, loud, and makes him smell like burned gasoline? If someone working got hurt, how long would it take for someone to notice that they were no longer in character?

[TEXT] Halloween Prompt: Glitch in the Matrix

The goal of this Halloween prompt is to write a spooky story about a character who has a moment of déjà vu. When they try to tell others about the experience, no one believes them. How does this affect the relationship between the characters? Does your character feel slighted because his/her story wasn’t believed? Do the people who hear about the experience begin to think that your character is losing their mind?

And, of course, here’s the “Glitch in the Matrix” clip.

[TEXT] The Carousel

On a carousel horses race around and around in circles, but they never reach the finish line that they appear to be racing toward.

Write a story about two people who are stuck in that race. They are friends or enemies or frenemies who are constantly competing for something that neither of them could ever acquire.

Do they talk about their competition, or is the competition unspoken? Do they talk to they have friends and family who support them in the competition, or do those people think that the competition is petty and stupid? Over time, does the relationship between the two become friendlier or does it polarize them?