Just for Fun: Politics

One day your main character makes a passing comment that he or she would do a better job than the any of the people running for office in the next election.  As a joke, your character’s friends start a secret effort to get a lot of people to write your character onto the ballot and on election day he or she actually wins the election.  Your character, of course, has no true political aspirations and had no real desire to hold this office. What happens now?

Write a few paragraphs in the comments or on your blog and let us get to know your characters a little better!

 

 

Just for Fun: Technical Failure

Just for fun, write a scene in which all technology suddenly fails to work (perhaps for an extended period of time). How do your characters react to the sudden lack of technology? How does the world in your story change without modern technology?

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Discovery

Just for fun, write a scene in which you describe your character’s reaction to a big, new discovery. There are no limits to what this discovery could be — perhaps it’s a scientific discovery, or a medical breakthrough, or a discovery during a criminal investigation.  Does your character buy into the initially available information? Or is he or she skeptical?

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Places Unknown

Just for fun, write a scene in which you describe your character’s first impressions upon traveling to a place he or she has never been before.

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Show and Tell

Just for fun, write a scene in which you tell the reader about a storm.  Then, write the scene again, this time showing the reader the storm.

If you are comfortable doing so, share your results and/or your thoughts on the exercise in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Life of the Party

Just for fun, write a scene with one of your characters in which the character attends a party. Perhaps the character will have a great time. Perhaps they’ll be miserable. Perhaps they make a complete fool of themselves.  Whatever they do, capture it on the page today!

If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Outside the Box

In life, we often find ourselves doing things the same way, day in and day out.  Today let’s try to branch out a little bit.  Just for fun today, let’s take a moment and write something in a different style or genre than usual. It doesn’t have to be a complete work or even something you’d share, but make a solid effort to give it a try.  Do you usually write prose?  How about trying a quick poem or verse from an ancient text your character came across?  Do you usually write horror?  Perhaps today you can write a few paragraphs of your main character’s biography, focusing in on a happier time in his or her life.  Whatever you write, try to experiment with style, genre, form or other parameters. If you are comfortable doing so, share your work in the comments, on the forums or via a link to it on your blog.

Just for Fun: Bad Mornings

We’ve all had bad mornings where things simply kept going wrong.  Today let’s put our characters into that situation and write about a morning which leaves them wanting to just go back to bed and start over. Share your ideas of how your character would deal with a morning like this or even share some of your writing for the scenario here in the comments or over in the forums.

 

 

Just for Fun: Alternate Calendars

Have you ever invented a new calendar or method of counting time for a story? If so, what was your process for making it understandable in the context of your story? If not, think about the idea and what you would need to do in order to successfully create a new concept of time keeping . Let’s share and discuss these ideas in the comments here or in the forums.