* Start your story with: Maddy watched the strange man crawl out of the escape pod, his arms shaking, his eyes wild. End your story with: This man had seen things; things Maddy would never full understand.
* Write a story that combines elements of these two genres:
* Write a story with this title: Condos of the Damned
* All this stuff. Use it in your story:, Genre: techno thriller, Person: a birdwatcher, Problem: a cult has taken over the local grocery store
* A suburban housing subdivision is infested with zombies. Write a story either explaining how this came to be or how the infestation is dealt with. Or both. Aren’t most suburbs filled with zombies? Har, har, har . . .
* Use all of these words in your story or the Boogie Man will come get you. The one from the song, not your closet. marble, phantasmagoric, complacent, magenta, craftsmanship, voluptuous, memo
* I Wanna Verb Your Noun
* It’s like Mad Libs, but possibly lamer (or more awesome?).
* Use this phrase/sentence/whatever it is in your story. It can be dialogue, a title, just a line of text or whatever! Goes down smooth so you don’t have to.
* Use these words to exploit the core potential of your story-writing workflow. synergy, paradigm, finalize, optimize, workflow, incentivize, connectivity
* Write story about a vampire who works in a corporate office. Nobody knows that he/she is a vampire . . . until . . .
* Write a story about someone who has an insane alcohol or drug fueled adventure over Labor Day weekend then completely forgets about it on Tuesday until they find the police at their door.
* Use all of this stuff in your story! Genre: erotic thriller (or romance-mystery if you’re a pansy), Person: a vampire, Problem: there’s a robbery in progress
* We’re really reaching today. Sorry about that.
* Write a story with this brilliant title: “All My Exes Are Different Sexes” And they live in Texas? And ride Tyrannosaurus Rexes? And often cast hexes?
* Write a story about a cat who forms an alliance with a catnip mouse to take over the world. Or maybe just take over the litter box. Your call.
* Write a story with this title. Try to make it good. “Sleepytime Down South”
* Today, Laura was especially grateful that no one could see what went on inside her brain.
* Three things to use in your story: a virgin sacrifice, a bottle of wine, a jar of spare change
* Use all this stuff in your story. You know you want to. a cheap silver ring, a dog walker, an alien planet in the year 2209
* She was really getting tired of having to _________ Shanna twice a day. But deep down, she knew she really ________ it.
* Words that sound sexy but aren’t. Use ’em to sexy-up your hum-drum story. masticate, penal, cockpit, pensive, asinine, titular, ramrodYeah, we keep it real classy around here.
* Write a story that takes place in hell. The catch? Hell is run like a corporate office, complete with cubicles, cranky HR ladies, water coolers (or water HEATERS! because it’s hell!), copy machines, and fax machines.
* Because you don’t want your mom to know what a freak of nature you are.
* Write a story that celebrates (harmless) degenerate behavior.
* Hangin’ out, hangin’ out, hangin’ out with the family . . . got some attractive cousins!
* Write a story about a mixed zombie-vampire-and/or-werewolf family.
* Sometimes it takes me a while to think of these. But as always, it was worth the wait.
* Write a story about an adult-film-store-clerk-turned-televangelist. Televangelist for what?
* “Mr. Whiskers’ Big Win”
* Write a story about a takeout restaurant with a dark secret.
* Write a story about a disgruntled office worker who leaves his or her job. This person writes the most epic resignation letter in the history of resignation letters. Make the reasons for the worker’s departure clear—the more strange, dark and over-the-top, the better.
* Genre: cautionary tale, Person: a b-movie director, Problem: Rick Perry is the new president, Shit. This is a friggin’ horror story.
* You know . . . things. Things to use in your story you’ll never finish. knitting, a broken bone, a dead hamster
* How Will I Fill Out My Friggin’ Time Card?
* “Time won’t give me time / And time makes lovers feel / Like they’ve got something real / But you and me / We know we’ve got / Nothin’ but time.” — Culture Club, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”
* Every morning Sally woke up and ________ an entire bowl of _________.
* Just Do This One Thing for Me, Seriously. It’s not that hard.
* Write about an inter-dimensional bike courier
* “Should we go with the Cheerios, or try the Bran Flakes of Despair?”
* This sounds more like the title of a self-help book than a story, but that’s your problem, not mine.
* “The Algorithm of Failure”
* You know the drill: Use this stuff in your story: crippling anxiety, a snarky barista, a hospital emergency room
* Write a story that takes place in a world where jobs are being outsourced to the U.S. instead of . . . well, you know where things are outsourced these days. What jobs would they be? What would the year be? What would the economy look like?
* Write a story about a zombie who saves humanity.
* “Seriously? You forgot the salami again? The salami was key!”
* Start with: Lilith didn’t know what to wear, so she just decided not to wear anything. Stick this somewhere in the middle, when the story starts to get boring: She extracted a stiletto from her purse and went to town. And end with a bang: Lilith felt no remorse as the warehouse burst into flames.
* Really I don’t, but whatever. Use all of these pop culture fixtures from the 2000s in your story.
* Write a story in which something horrible (and supernatural) happens at a roadside diner.
* You know, things. Not any particular things. Just some things. Things to use in your story. Your story that you’ll never finish.
* And a cliche is worth a punch in the neck.
* Write a story inspired by this wonderful picture. Seriously, the photographer responsible for this should be, like, worshipped or something. Or paid buckets of money.
* “He was the Rand McNally of his time.” Which is amazing since Rand McNally isn’t even a person.
* Person, Place, Thing: All this stuff goes in your story!,a supermarket, an alien abduction, a girl scout
* Take your favorite historical figure and plunk him or her in the middle of a (a) space opera, (b) slasher story and/or (c) a murder mystery where they’re the prime suspect.
* Genre: Steampunk, Person: A super-brainy outcast chick, Problem: A child is missing. A very important child. Some people would say all children are important. I would say they are wrong.
* Write a story. The hero of your story must be a crazy cat lady.
* Write a depressing (or darkly satirical) story that takes place at a mall. The mall must somehow be the cause of the awfulness.
* Write a story about a possessed child. Possessed child stories are the greatest. Make it hilarious, and you get bonus points.
* Write a science fiction story that takes place at a fast-food joint.
* Write about a vampire who works the night shift as a stocker at Walmart.
* Your protagonist has just lost his or her job. Instead of looking for a new one, he or she decides to do something else. Decide what the something else is and write a story about it.
* We’re half-way to 300! Not that that really means anything!
* Use all of these words in your story: unctuous, blunder, penchant, laborious, industrial-strength, soap, spew
* “Harriet won’t give up until she catches one of those atomic cherry blossoms.”
* Your protagonist is a lady. One morning she wakes up to find herself bald. Deal with the aftermath or explain why the hell it happened. Or both!
* “She drew her comb acrost her scalp / And brushed what she had left / I tried to salvage what I could / And threw it in a sack / She made a b-line to her room / And grabbed all kind o’ juice / She started pourin’ it on her head / And thought it’d grow it back / Ah ha haaaaaa / You’re too late mama / Ain’t nothin’ upside your head” — The Beach Boys, “She’s Goin’ Bald”
* Brush up on your pop culture knowledge and incorporate these random things/people/whatever in your story.
* Angelyne, a box of Hydrox cookies, the Bat Boy, the reanimated corpse of Clara Peller, a Zamfir record, an AMC Pacer
* All three. In your story. a cup of tea, a writer, an empty bedroom
* A 13-year-old with big dreams of being an artist or a writer (or something else awesome) gets a glimpse of their future as a cubicle-bound office drone stuck in a dead-end job. How does this affect them, and does/can he or she do anything to change the future?
* Well, I’m going to go swallow some pills now . . .
* a severed unicorn head, a pizza parlor, an acrobat
* Use all three in your story. You know you want to. Genre: western, Person: a physicist, Problem: someone has been kidnapped
* Write a story in which an animated cat GIF causes the downfall of human civilization.
* Use all these in your story, or I’ll totally steal your skinny jeans: a penny-farthing, an anarchist, a brewpub
* Look at us, slackers! We finally made it to 100, and I have to say, we don’t look bad for our age. In honor of our awesomeness, here is an epic, mega-prompt. If you actually get a story out of this, you are truly the Greatest American Hero.
* Use all of these things in your story. There’s a lot going on here, so hopefully your feeble mind isn’t completely blown away: Genre: slasher horror, Person: a lady scientist, Three things: a journal, a food processor, a machine gun
* You know the drill. If not, you obviously haven’t been paying attention.
* a balloon, a former-child-actor-turned-alcoholic, the back seat of a Volkswagen Vanagon
* Use these sentences somewhere in your story. Fill in the blanks with something creative: Lisa never dreamed she would ever ______ a ________. It was a good thing she brought her ______, or she’d be in big trouble.
* Use these three things in your story. I dare you. a small town mayor, a doughnut, a trailer park
* Use every single one of these words in your story: rose, skyscraper, concrete, indifferent, dress, effervescent, humid
* Write a story about a unicorn. No irony allowed.
* Write a story about a cat. A magical cat who can do magical things! Also, this cat lives on a spaceship in the future.
* You are in hell and yoour drive Mr.Devil crazy by being nice, loveful and religous.
* Someone’s Startin’ Somethin’ Me. I’m startin’ somethin’. The somethin’ is this story. You have to finish it, you lazy oaf.
* Start your story with this sentence: Sometimes you don’t know who your real friends are until you survive a nuclear holocaust.
* Why haven’t you written your story yet? You think it’s just going to magically appear there on the paper? Well, it’s not, and I’m sure not going to write it for you. Get that pen to paper, dammit!
* a Victorian mansion, an apple, an assassin. You should know the drill by now. Use all three things in your story or die a horrible death. Have fun.
* Write a story about a divorce from the perspective of the couple’s mail carrier.
* Write a story in which the main character finds out their spouse/significant other isn’t who/what the main character thought they were.
* Rob knew there was something wrong with his roommate when he found a sinkful of burnt human hair in the bathroom.
* Write a story about someone who’s been possessed by a demon or some other awful thing. Make it hilarious.
* Use all three of these things in your story: Frozen fish sticks, a run-down diner, the local beauty queen
* Write a story where an old video game system figures in prominently to the plot.
* Write about a dental hygienist-turned-serial killer.
* Use all seven of these words in your story, or else the tiger will eat you. coffee, atomic, highway, narcotic, flush, smokey, stark
* Use all three of these, or you’ll be sacrificed in a strange ritual at a hair salon: a crime scene, a record player, a chain-smoking slacker chick
* I Saw Hairstyles, Meanwhile, There’s a Strange Ritual, Write about a strange ritual performed at a salon.
* “I saw hairstyles, meanwhile, there’s a strange ritual. Got a strange ritural, it’s wearing me down.” –David Byrne, “Strange Ritual”
* You know we’re just barely keeping it together over here. We really don’t know what the hell we’re doing. But here’s a prompt, just to make it look like we have a reason to exist.
* Start your story with this: Lola walked into the abandoned Dairy Queen. The smell of burnt flesh told her she was going to have a long day.
* We’re the Killer Monkeys: Write a story about killer chimpanzees (or any monkeys, whatever). In the end, they must die. THEY MUST!!!! Monkey are f*cking creepy. They should all die.
* Use all three of these things in your story: an ambivalent cheerleader, a convenience store, one of those roses made out of panties What? You’ve never seen those panty roses before? Truly, you don’t get out much.
* Write a story about a teenage boy who is being hunted by some sexy cougar vampires.
* Writing Prompt #55: Old Enough to Order from the Seniors’ Menu, Your protagonist can never grow old, but he or she also can never speak to another human being. Figure out how that works.
* Write a story about lady pirates.
* Write a story that centers around an outdated dance fad, like the Lambada or line-dancing or the electric slide or the Hustle. The dance must be pivotal to the story! Lives must hinge on whether or not your protagonist can really do the Mashed Potato.
* I’m Tired of Always Having to Finish What You Started! Yet, here we are, with me always finishing your sad little stories.
* End your story with this sentence: Ellie looked wistfully at the scientist’s severed head before retouching her lipstick and leaping out the window.
* Writing Prompt #51: My Bike is Tighter Than Your Jeans
* Write a story that takes place in a world in which bicycles are the predominant form of transportation.
* Write a story with these three things. Why three? Because four would make the man nervous: tentacles, rose petals, a broken lockets
* Use all these words in your story. Yes, ALL OF THEM! charisma, succulent, granite, queen, blender, taxi, obscene
* Write a story with this title: “The Player in the Pyre”
* Here are three nouns. Put them all in your story. a purse, a schizophrenic pastry chef, a medieval dungeon
* Write about a high school pep rally gone horribly, horribly wrong.
* Rewrite a story from the Bible with a science fiction twist.
* Write a story about a computer program or mobile app that causes something terrible to happen to everyone who uses it.
* Write a story about someone who is being relentlessly pursued by birds.
* Seven words. Put ’em in your story. scrupulous, lithe, mushroom, repose, loaf, smote, laboratory
* Write about a neighborhood ruled by feral cats.
* Genre: Regency romance, Person: an artist who is struggling to be more than a one-trick pony, Problem: supernatural beings of some sort are trying to cross over into our reality
* Write about someone who comes back to work after a long weekend and quits because they used their weekend to accomplish something truly earth-shattering (or just something really, really lucrative).
* Write a suspenseful horror story that centers around Christmas lights. Because apparently we’re skipping Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas.
* Nouns make the world go ’round. Use these particular ones in your story: a record store cashier with latent super powers, an abandoned movie theater, a mysterious item that fell from space
* Some mornings she felt like she couldn’t even ________. But this morning, she knew anything was possible. Maybe even ________.
* Use all of these damn words in your glorious work of fiction: powwow, harem, opposable, grim, pragmatic, sanctimony, tremolo
* Use this line of dialogue in your story. “‘Binary gender roles are fun!’ That’s what he said before I totally reamed him.”
* Invent a new kind of vampire and write a story about it. I mean, if Nosferatu, Dracula, and Twilight can all have different vampires, surely you can make up your own, right?
* Use all this junk in your story:, Genre: gonzo journalism, Person: a paramedic, Problem: children have overthrown the adults and are ruling the world
* Use these three things in your story: bongo drums, a mall, a heartbroken science teacher
* use these seven words: petulant, guesswork, heady, ingratiate, officious, floride, philter
* Write a story that takes place entirely on a ski lift. And it needs to have at least one science fiction element.
* Write about a backstabbing liar who gets their comeuppance. You also have to include a bunch of kittens, a bottle of wine, a feminist book club.
* Write a story about someone who has an incredibly mind-bending day at their corporate cubicle job.
* Write a story with your favorite crap from the ’90s in it. It doesn’t have to take place in the ’90s, but just make sure there are plenty of Doc Martens, Hammer pants, mom jeans, riot grrrl bands, zines, and flannel in it.
* Use these damn words in your story. All of them. finitude, horoscope, vitamin, microcosm, burnout, bravado, chasm
* Write a horror story that takes place in a candy factory. Be sure you include some creepy toddlers.
* Write about someone who has to overcome some serious, deeply rooted hang-ups to save someone’s life. I mean, like, really serious hang-ups.
* Write about someone who decides not to set their clock back for daylight saving time. And no, they can’t live in Arizona or Hawaii.
* Write a story about some really boring people. Have something really boring happen to them that completely turns their world upside down.
* Three random things. Put ’em in your story: a guitar, a really unique cake, a red shoe
* Write about something really gross. Like, something way grosser than you’d ever want to write about. Be sure to also include something really cute in the story.
* Nouns! Use them all in your story: a DJ, a run-down Taco Bell, an old computer
* Write about a skydiving adventure that goes horribly wrong, but not in the way you’d think.
* Write a story with this title: Coffee Shop Creep-out
* Write a story about someone who won’t take off their Halloween costume even though Halloween is, like, way over.
* Write a story about a world in which one day animals just start doing all the stuff humans do — going to the grocery story, driving cars, leaving snarky comments on A.V. Club articles, wearing clothes, ordering takeout, etc.
* Write a story about an alcoholic middle-aged lady and a teenage girl who ride around Canada in a truck saving people from stuff.
* Write about a bar where demons or some other kind of supernatural beings go to pick each other up.
* Write a story about an unassuming antique store with a weird secret. Make it weird as fuck.
* Write a story with this title: Mixed Up with Princesses
* Write a story about a cover band who ends up having to save a bunch of people from giant ants or aliens or hyper-intelligent cat-people.
* Write a story about a massive cat colony and the one human who knows about its existence.
* Write a story with these three things: a college radio DJ; a castle that is rumored to be “mystical,” whatever that means; a dinosaur skeleton. Wondering what I’ve been up to (probably not)? Well, mostly this.
* Write a story about a scrappy underdog coming out on top. It should have a sci-fi or fantasy element.
* Write about someone who is completely and utterly awful in every way imaginable. Maybe throw in a unicorn or a narwhal.
* Here are three things. Put them in your story or something. a car with a broken tail light, a cigarette machine filled with something besides cigarettes, a mysterious coin
* A new diner opens in a small Texas town. At the same time, the town’s mayor disappears and a mysterious female stranger comes to town. Also, 20 people in the town die. Are all these events related?
* Write about someone whose terrifying Christmas-themed fan fiction is discovered by their significant other. Is the significant other horrified or intrigued?
* Three things. Use them all in your story or whatever: a magic ukulele, a crystal ball, an ice cream shop
* Write a story that revolves around transportation.
* Write about something who takes time off from work and has an unexpected adventure. It has to involve a monk and cupcake that is more than it seems.
* Write a story about a synth-pop band and a haunted house. Maybe throw in a robot if you’re feeling ambitious.
* Write a story that uses driving as a metaphor. A metaphor for what? It’s your job to figure that out.
* Write a romance story about two people who live in abutting apartments and are madly in love with each other, but have never actually met each other face-to-face.
* All this stuff. It goes in your story: Genre: steampunk + romance, Person: An overthrown island dictator., Problem: The mayor of a small village has gone missing.
* Use all this junk in your story: a time traveler, a church recreation building, a mysterious amulet
* Write a story. Use all of these words: fiasco, pestilent, variform, zealous, culpable, histrionic, moonshine
* Write a story. Have it take place in, oh, the 1950s. A college kid brings his nerdy friend to his suburban home to stay with his family for the weekend. While the nerdy friend is chatting in the kitchen about something really boring and benign with the college kid’s high-school-senior sister (who is also socially awkward and nerdy), things get hot and heavy really fast. Meanwhile, the Joneses down the street are all asleep in their coffins with their blackout curtains drawn, waiting for the night to fall.
* Write a story with this title: “Tools of the Tirade”
* Write a romantic thriller that takes place at a sketchy amusement park.
* Use all this stuff in your story: Genre: urban fantasy, Person: an executive with a secret life, Problem: a local cult is stealing livestock
* Write about a tote-the-note car lot run by a coven of witches.
* Write about a secret agent, her ex-girlfriend and a talking cat who knows a secret.
* The Internet spirals into chaos and it’s all because of someone’s LiveJournal full of cat pictures and song lyrics. Write a story about how this all happens.
* Write an end-of-the-world story that takes place at a mall. There should be a unicorn and some magic involves. And also an Orange Julius.
* Here are three nouns. Use them in your story: a warlock, a Dairy Queen, a 6-pack of beer
* Write a story about a band that tours around the U.S. playing shows at trailer parks. It can’t be a country band.
* Write about someone who has the strangest, most disinhibited weekend of their entire life.
* Here are three things. Use them in your story or something. a six pack of beer, a ray gun, a boring Christmas office party
* Write a story about a cult and a circus and an invasion of some kind.
* Write a story that takes place in a department at a publishing company. Maybe it’s the editing department. Or the layout department. Or the executive offices. Maybe it’s about the slush readers or the receptionist. Just be sure to throw in a supernatural, science-fiction, fantasy or horror element.
* Here are seven words. Use them in your frickin’ story.smattering, globule, inert, accoutrement, stymie, skirt, mohawk
* Use all this stuff in your story:Genre: melodrama, Person: lead singer of a riot grrrl band, Problem: North Korea has decided to invade Canada
* Write a story with all three of these nouns. a cocktail bar, a Sunday school teacher, a riding crop
* Write about the world’s most famous autoharp player. Extra points if it’s a magical autoharp.
* Genre: science fiction, Person: a gardener, Problem: someone blew up the Walmart
* Write a story about a group children that leads an adult into a world of torture.
* Sheena knew there was something ______ about Daryl. She could tell by his amazing _______ that he was different from other men.
* Do As I Say and Make Me a Sandwich
* Write a story in which someone finds a cookbook with some pretty disturbing recipes.
* Use all o’ these words in your precious little story. miasma, obsolescent, faceless, flaunt, masticatory, recital, buttercup
* All these things go in your story: the ballet, a sheriff, a human ear
* Write about an all-girl band that influences a worldwide revolution of some sort.)
* Write a story about a potluck. Throw in a flesh-eating bacteria.
* “I told you not to _______ my _________.”
* Write about a cat that can speak fluent English.
* Here are three things. Use them all in your story. A ukulele, a ray gun, a bowl of cookie dough
* Suburban Sprawl Isn’t Fine at All
* All the cars in a suburban subdivision mysteriously disappear. Figure out what happens next.
* Genre: inspirational fiction, Person: an outsider pornographer, Problem: the Dairy Queen ran out of hamburger patties
* Write a story in which a hair dryer is used as a time-travel device.
* Write a story about a car accident. Throw in clown, a stray cat and a neurotic housewife.
* Write about the strangest Oscars-watching party ever.
* Write about someone who’s a librarian by day, bounty hunter by night.
* Write a story about a witch. Make it take place in the 1970s. Make it sexy or surreal. Or both.
* “You know, you should really do something about this carpet. If you don’t it might just be the end of our marriage.”
* Three things. Use ’em in your story, damn it! a ruler, a cat, an episode of Star Trek
* Seven words. Use them, and they’ll make your story seven times better: smarmy, gauntlet, circumflex, nihility, schadenfreude, unravel, vis-a-vis
* Grab Your Combat Boots and Kate Spade Dress, Write about someone who starts a nuclear war with their terrible fashion blog.
* Write a story that includes this line of dialogue: “Damn my near-perfect vision!”
* Write an erotic thriller that takes place at a science museum.
* Write a story that takes place in a bar on an intergalactic space ship.
* Genre: psychological thriller, Person: a lady photographer (interpret as you wish), Problem: someone has robbed a natural history museum
* She knew the robot uprising was inevitable, but she didn’t think it would be so ______.
* All this stuff. It goes in your story. No exceptions. a tiki bar, a disillusioned wizard, a cup of cold coffee
* Christen your story with this lovely title. “Androgyny and Herbal Tea”
* Here are three things to use in your story: a church, an army of super-intelligent cats from another planet, a past-its-prime heavy-metal band
* Write about a school science fair experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong.
* “My life is like a bologna sandwich — wrong on so many levels, yet strangely satisfying.”
* Write about an arcade full of vampires.
* Even though she knew he’d never accept it, Elise knew that sooner or later she’d have to tell Vance that she was a _________.
* Write a story about a new surgery that does something awesome but has a horrible unknown side effect that the protagonist finds out about the hard way.
* Write about someone who stays home sick from work only to have a delirious encounter with something supernatural/extraterrestrial.
* Use all this junk in your story or I’ll charge you double for your copies. a chick with telekinetic powers, a 24-hour copy shop, a computer that won’t do anything right
* Write a story that begins where it would normally end. Start with the resolution and work your way back to the beginning. Use a flashback if you have to, but you’ll be more awesome if you don’t.
* These words are mostly bullshit. Just use ’em in your story. finalize, leverage, utilize, empower, execute, fabricate, evaluate
* Genre: hardboiled crime, Person: a fetish model, Problem: Time-travelers from the future have arrived, and they’re not very nice.
* Write a story in which office workers have to fight to the death for jobs
* Use these three things in your story: a wedding cake, an office building, a bounty hunter and her robot sidekick
* Write a story about breakfast. Add in some social commentary and robots.
* It’s the 1950s. A college kid brings his best friend home with him on a routine visit to see his folks. His kid sister falls instantly in love with the best friend. Things start to get weird. You decide how weird. Also, find a way to work some socialist propaganda in there and add a supernatural element.
* Give your story this title: “A Conspiracy of Cuteness”
* Write about a coffee shop that makes adult films in its basement
* Here are three disparate things. Use them in your story. cheerleaders, band nerds, that hot goth girl you’ve always wanted to talk to but never had the balls to approach.
* Write a story that involves a robot and someone’s mom: “I was your dad / Now I’m your mom / I hope you’ll comprehend someday” – David Byrne, “Now I’m Your Mom”
* All this stuff. It goes in your story. a Halloween party, a herd of unicorns, an accordion-playing redhead
* Write a story that involves nuclear war and doughnuts.
* Write about jams and jellies that are not as fruity and delicious as they appear.
* Start your story with: We were roasting marshmallows over the campfire when we heard Janet’s harrowing screams.
* End your story with: That was one summer vacation I’d never forget, try as I might.
* OK, cool cats, write a story with this stuff in it. a bunch of beatniks, a bunch of communists, a whole lotta showgirls
* Use all three of these in your story. Use only two and risk having your first-born look like Ernest Borgnine. Canada, a cult, robots from the future
* Write a story. Give it this title. Now, give me all your money. “Wanderlust & Novocaine”
* Write a story about a fast food restaurant run by witches.
* Write a story in which the protagonist can only talk with food in his or her mouth. No food, no talky.
* “I think we can safely declare this _______ to be over. It’s just too bad we turned so many innocent people into ________ before we figured this out.”
* “Romantic Romance” Yes, it is as bad as it sounds.
* You get five disparate things. Your mission? Use them in a story, duh. 1. a doily, 2. a machine gun, 3. a poly-amourous love cult, 4. a herd of elephants
* Start your story with this sentence: She opened the dictionary and wrote down the first word she saw.
* End your story with: Never before had language been put to such cruel, yet efficient, use.
* Seven words to use in your story. There. I helped you meet your word count for the day. loiter, myriad, privy, retina, manifold, schmaltz, lackadaisical
* Write a zombie story set in ancient Egypt.
* Use all this junk in your story. Now! the dining car on a train, a monster, a physicist
* JoAnne didn’t know what to do, so she just started throwing her grandmother’s china at him.
* Trust me, it’ll all work out. Genre: ‘50s juvenile delinquency exploitation, Person: a vampire hunter, Problem: the president has made a pact with the devil
* Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story: “You would like pie. You’re one of them.”
* Write a story that centers around moving furniture around a room. Make it the most epic thing anyone’s ever read.
* Of Course It All Comes Down to This!
* Write a story in which the fate of the world depends on the outcome of a card game. I’m going to weep if it turns out to be Pokemon cards.
* I’d Make a Joke Here, but I’d Just End up Offending Everybody
* Write a story about a princess. Throw some dragons and angels and evil stepmothers in there, too. Wait, did I say dragons? I meant drag queens.
* It’s the End of Your Story as I Wrote It And I feel fine.
* End your story with this sentence: When she looked in the mirror, she finally realized why she had such a hard time finding a date for the prom.
* Use these three things in your story, even if you don’t want to: a Renaissance faire, a rainbow, a stupid frat boy And for the love of Jesus, please no double-rainbow jokes!!!!
* You Really Shouldn’t Base Your life Around a Fortune Cookie But I am anyway. So, the husband got this pointless little proverb in his fortune cookie the other night:
* “A crab wonton a day keeps the doctor away.” Write a story that somehow demonstrates this. Be sure to throw in an ironic twist or something.
* Use this sentence somewhere in your story: It was just another day of killing zombies on the beach for Veronica.
* Write a story where, instead of customer support and production jobs, executive jobs are outsourced to India, China, or Singapore.
* Your favorite historical figure time travels to the future (or the past?) and wins the Texas lottery. He or she uses the winnings to buy a trailer park. Write about the hilarity (or horribleness) that ensues.
* Write a love story. It must end badly, and it must somehow involve food (no poison apples!).
* End your story with this sentence: She knew that was one mechanical bull she’d never ride again.
* This one’s kind of lame, but whatever. They can’t all be friggin’ masterpieces.
* I did. Remember that when you’re famous and raking in buckets of money. ‘Kay?
* Begin with: Some days, you can never get the smell of loathing out of your laundry.
* Your protagonist wakes up one day to find that anything of any consequence that will ever happen in his/her life happens that very day. Childbirth, getting married, losing his/her virginity, graduating from clown college, getting a dream job, obtaining unobtainium—whatever—it ALL HAPPENS TODAY! ALL OF IT! How does he/she respond? How does it totally screw up and/or improve their day? Figure it out and make it happen!
* Genre: cyberpunk, Person: a dinner-theater actress, Problem: the Texas government has just been privatized
* All of this stuff. Use it in your story. a drag queen who works at Dairy Queen, the Walmart parking lot, an ancient book with an ancient curse on it
* Write about someone who is ill … and the only cure is for them to do something gut-wrenchingly disgusting.
* Three things. Use them in your story, damn it! a box of tissues, x-ray glasses, a rainbow
* Write a completely serious, moving story with one outlandishly screwball element. Make it jarring and make it awesome.
* Did You Get the Memo … of Doom?
* Write about someone who uses everyday office supplies for evil.
* Write about someone who celebrates springtime in a very unusual way.
* Write about a factory that doesn’t make anything. “A French corporation that doesn’t make anything … An ambulance driver – wakes up in a Dairy Queen … A town in which even the people who live there … Can’t remember its name.” — David Byrne, “Strange Ritual”
* Write a story that revolves around cupcakes. Be sure you include a crazy priest and a cat-obsessed punk rocker.
* Here are seven words. Use them all in your story. Then cry. slovenly, loiter, impetuous, pussyfoot, nosh, pestilential, doohickey
* Write a story about a magical baby. Maybe throw in a cynical talking panther or a world war or something if you’re feeling ambitious.
* Write a story. Make sure it has this title. It’s be nice if the content had something to do with this title. “The Sleepless Widow”
* Write about the adventures of a traveling chef and his magical unicorn sidekick.
* Write a story about the end of the world that takes place in a coffee shop.
* Three lovely things. Use them to write your story.Genre: mockumentary, Person: a construction worker with psychic powers,Problem: someone killed the homecoming queen; she probably deserved it
* Write about some teenagers who pull a prank that goes horribly wrong
* Write a story using all of this stuff: a tattoo artist, an abandoned hotel, a mysterious book
* Write about someone who takes a walk in the dark “The sweetest thing I ever saw … I took a walk in the dark.” — David Byrne, “A Walk in the Dark”
* Write a story about mild-mannered person turning surly.
* Start your story with: It was just another day at the Kreamy Kream.
* End your story with: Zoey would never think about ice cream the same way again.
* Three things. Put them in your story: a hula hoop, a casserole dish, a bumper sticker
* Write about something really gross happening to someone’s body. While they’re alive, of course.
* She kicked the _________ down the street as the _________ sank behind the ______________.
* Write about someone who rides their bike across the country. Any country. On any planet or dimension.
* Write a romance story that takes place entirely in a sandwich shop.
* Write about someone who cleans out their closet only to find something extremely unusual.
* Christen your story with this name. Then try not to cry. “Music From the War Movies”
* Today’s edition is composed of words I absolutely hate. Use ’em all in your story.whimsical, palate, yummy, darling, handsome, trod, munch
* Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story: “Stop mansplaining how the sun works and let me hide behind my box.”
* Make this the last sentence of your story: Bryce hit the send button and made a beeline for the fallout shelter.
* Here are some words. Use them in your story, or else.charming, grotesque, cart, lunge, scrape, ease, pungent
* Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Just Do as I Say and Bring a Scan-tron)
* Write a story about a CEO who quits his/her job to either (a) be a porn star (possibly with mixed results) or (b) cashier at a trashy convenience story (hilarity will hopefully ensue). Or both (a) and (b).
* Start your damn precious story with this sentence: Death isn’t the end of life, but the beginning of something beautiful.
* We all know there aren’t enough vampire stories in the world. I mean really, can you think of any vampire stories that are actually popular? I didn’t think so.
* The vampire(s) must be totally old-school: dies in the sun, hates garlic and crosses, can turn into a bat, drinks blood (from humans), does NOT sparkle.
* Someone is dying of a mysterious disease that no one knows the cure to.
* “Who ate the last of the space-hors d’oeuvres?”
* Write a story in which cats literally take over the world. Maybe they’re alien cats who talk and read books, or maybe they’re just normal house cats who just want an endless supply of yarn to play with. YOU DECIDE!
* Write a story about clones. Make it crazy! Maybe watch Clonus for inspiration (on what not to do).
* Use all these words in your story, and use them well. Subpar use will be penalized via frontal labotomy, penetration, bottle, rosy, caffeinated, obtuse, checkered, tub
* you’re obviously a complete failure of a human being.
* Problem: An out-of-control van has driven through the front of a yogurt shop. Also, a panther has escaped from the zoo.
* Here I am, writing sentences to go in your little stories, and what thanks do I get?
* Fill in the blank and use this sentence anywhere in your story: And that’s why they call it ________.
* t’s not hard if you just do it.
* Write a horror story in which a supernaturally gifted young woman kicks vampire/werewolf/zombie/axe murderer ass
* See, we’re still relevant!
* At my summer vacation I went back to my country (south) Korea to meet my friends. But the funnest thing was my friends played with me at Monday. They had to go to school, but they planed it to play with me. So they submit the school field experience report and we played like 5-6 hour with me. We watch and played at sport monster. (The sport monster is the place that people can enjoy playing sport activity) It was the funnest thing that happen to me at my summer. And it was really happy that I can play with friends at week.(They all go to school at weeks, so I was the only person that not going to school. so they don’t have time to play with me, but I was happy that my friends played with me without going to school.
* You get a genre, a protagonist and a situation. You must work all three into a story or your nipples will shrivel up and fall off. Seriously. Genre: Mystery, Person: A schizophrenic telephone operator, Situation: Zombies have invaded a suburban neighborhood
* C’mon, the guy’s got a good body. What attractive lady wouldn’t wanna get in on that action? And he’s in good athletic shape, so he can easily out-run all the bad guys. This is easy, people! Get crackin’!
* Write a story that takes place in an elevator. Cupcakes and a mustachioed young man must figure into the plot somehow.
* Write a story with this title: “Dancing Co-Ed”
* Write a story that incorporates both Elvis and the ancient Greeks into the plot “Forgot to mention, forgot to mention Memphis. Home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks.” — Talking Heads, “Cities”
* Write about a flawed mayoral race from the point-of-view of the incumbent’s disinterested teenage son/daughter.
* Write a story about a city whose downfall is caused by a lack of public transportation.
* Use all of these things in your story! a cuteness gun, kittens, combat boots
* What’s a cuteness gun? It’s your job to figure that out.
* I Saw the King in Saturn’s Rings
* Write a sci-fi story about an Elvis sighting.
* Write a story that takes place on a train! Trains are frickin’ awesome! You know they are!
* Take the premise of your favorite Saturday morning cartoon. Substitute people you know for all the main characters and have it take place in a different decade or century. Also, throw in some killer bees. Killer bees make everything better. If, instead of killer bees, you prefer a swarm of killer Bea Arthurs, that’s cool too.
* Three nouns! Use ’em all, slacker! a stripper, a charity, a soda counter
* End your story with this sentence: She tossed the photo into the fire and rode her bicycle into the sunset.
* It must prominently feature a camera. A camera of DEATH!* *Camera does not actually have to be deadly, though it helps.
* Write a story in which procrastination has dire consequences. I mean, like, really dire! Life and death, people!
* Water, Water Everywhere. Use each of these sentences somewhere in your story.
* When Charlene woke up, her apartment was filled with water. So much for getting my deposit back, she thought.
* Write about a character who has a lucky number.
* a beer can, an unemployed exotic dancer, a long line at a movie theater
* A glazed doughnut holds the answer to all life’s questions. Write a story explaining how this came to be.
* There is going to be a grand celebration of something-or-other in a small Texas town. What is the celebration for and what does the celebration entail? Make something go horribly wrong. It’ll be awesome!
* You know the drill. Use all three things in your story, or the universe will totally hate you.
* You know those TV shows where a bunch of crazy stuff happens, but then it turns out it was only a dream? Write a story when part or all of it ends up being someone’s dream, but it totally makes sense and isn’t a total disappointment to the reader. I don’t know how you’re going to pull this off, so good luck.
* A mime murders a pizza delivery boy. All the faucets in a housing subdivision pour only blood. Every Walmart in America shuts down. Your job is to explain exactly what the hell is going on. If you don’t accept, something bad or stupid will probably happen. It will probably involve a mime.
* Do as I Say! Write a sci-fi or fantasy story that takes place in a corporate office setting
* Another Reason Not to Eat at Subway: Your protagonist just finished eating a sandwich from Subway. As he (or she) throws away the wrapper he notices a disturbing note written on it in black marker. He immediately runs to the bathroom to induce vomiting. What did the note say?
* Person, Place, Thing:Use all of these things in your story. Don’t skip any or I’ll send a sparkly vampire to come suck the blood of all your house pets.
* When she saw what had happened, she decided the best thing to do was ______.
* you’ll totally die in obscurity and never make a pro fiction sale.
* a cupcake, outer space, an actor/actressa wedding ring that doesn’t fit, the inevitable zombie apocalypse, an accountant
* a cupcake, outer space, an actor/actressa cupcake, outer space, an actor/actress. End your story with this sentence: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
* Write a story about cowboys and Indians. In outer space. Use words: a cupcake, outer space, an actor/actress
* See that? I threw a little twist in there for ya!
* A schizophrenic patient who thinks he/she is Jesus escapes from a mental institution. Write what happens next. Of course we all know hilarity will ensue.
* Use all of these words in your story. ALL OF THEM!!! soap, bucket, accordion, grizzled, stumpy, sour, boyfriend
* Begin your story with this sentence. Fill in the blank with something. Make it creative and stuff.
* Sure, Jennifer liked _______, but this was ridiculous.
* Writing a story using these three things or forever suffer the ravages of writer’s block: a musician, a strip mall, a broken down car
* You have to figure out the middle. I can’t do everything for you.
* Start with: Every morning, she wrote down another reason not to nuke the planet.
* End with: She found that the green glass complimented her decor quite nicely.
* One morning your protagonist wakes up to find it’s 1983 again (literally or metaphorically–maybe Boy George finally got clean and sober and made a comeback? or zombie Ronald Reagan resurrected and became president?). What does she/he do?
* “I know you miss me. I know you miss me. I know you miss me blind. ” –Culture Club
* Write a story in which someone sees something disturbing (and definitely illegal) happen right out in the open on a bus.
* You haven’t lived until you’ve watched the guy in the seat in front of you do cocaine. Or had a guy tell you about his vampire girlfriend who lives in Austin for the entirety of your bus ride. Seriously.
* Write a story with a shark attack scene so awesome that makes Jaws look like Leonard Part 6. Make it a mechanical steampunk shark or genetically engineered or a shark from hell or a space shark! Or maybe the shark tears a hole in the space/time continuum. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but who cares?
* Write a story with at least 3 of the following: an octopus, a typewriter, a human heart, a pinup model, a cupcake, a drive-in movie theater
* Write a story with this title: “Esoteric Groceries”
* Make your story 200% awesomer by using these three things. a bag of pretzels, a park, a female with telekinetic powers
* Write about someone experiencing some wicked caffeine withdrawal while also having to deal with some other major life changes. Also, the story must have a science fiction or fantasy element.
* Put all these things in your story. You should know this by now. a farmers market, a lady scientist, an unmarked package
* Write a story with at least one wise-cracking robot in it. Throw in an ass-kicking chick with glasses for good measure.
* You know all those people on Food Network? Like Bobby Flay and Alton Brown and Rachael Ray or whatever? Write a story in which one of those fine folks becomes president. Of the US, or whatever.
* Write a story with the following title: “Mochas and Indecision”
* An inanimate object your protagonist buys turns out to be more animate that he/she originally thought.
* That’s What She Said! So soon? Yes. We’re just that hard-up for ideas.
* Use all this stuff in your story: Genre: historical fiction, Person: a scientist, Problem: there’s another zombie uprising
* Write a story in which the protagonist can only tell lies
* Write about a country/planet/state/town/whatever run entirely by a bunch of lame-ass procrastinators.
* Because we’re one-trick ponies over here, you get two Name That Stories in a row. So write a story with this title: “The Devil’s Copy Editor”
* Write a story with this title: “Sandwich of Hope”
* Write a stories with these three things: a mannequin, a recipe book, a coven of witches
* Write a story about a magical guitar.
* Write about someone who takes the “jack of all trades” concept to the extreme.
* Write about a cooking show host who is being haunted by the ghost of Colonel Sanders
* Do as I Say and Put Your Hands Up
* Write a story about a unicorn. Make it a hard science-fiction story. Throw some dancing ladies in there or something.
* Regardless of its content, you will name your story this: Architects of the Mind
* Here are three nouns. Use ’em in your story: a farm, a librarian, a time-travel pod
* Write a story about lady robot aliens from the future.
* Words. Words for your story you’ll probably never finish.tinge, posthumous, kip, galactic, stereophonic, thundercloud, wrangle
* Genre: romantic comedy, Person: a game show host, Problem: a family of vampires have taken over the local skating rink
* Write about a girl with long-ass curly hair. Make a garden figure into the story somehow. And maybe make it a horror story.
* Write about someone who has to suddenly sober up on a Sunday morning after an intense night of intoxication.
* Here are seven words. Use them in your story, OK? abbreviate, languid, indelible, squash, slovenly, careen, blatant
* Write about someone who picks the absolute wrong time to give up drinking.
* Write a story with these three things in it: breakfast, a paper mill, a cut-rate magician
* Write about a New Year’s Eve party that takes place in an alternate reality.
* Write about a record player with magical powers.
* Write about someone who just woke up after a wild night (maybe a wild night of drinking, or maybe a wild night of reading books at the library—your choice) to find a stranger on their living room couch.
* The Future of Your Teeth Is in Their Hands … Write a story about dentists and time travel.
* Write a story that takes place during medieval times. Or maybe during the Renaissance. Or Victorian times. Or any time period you might see represented at a renaissance festival.
* Write a story about a fire and a stick.
* Write about a wedding in which the bride and groom go batshit insane. Weddings are stupider than salad. Just sayin’.
* Write about someone who snaps at work one day. No guns or violence allowed.
* As soon as Lulu learned to play the ukulele, she was going to _________ the _________.
* Write about someone who really, really hates salad. Salad really is stupid. Really stupid.
* Write about a ghost town that is bought by German investors. Art imitates life.
* Use all this stuff in your story: a comb, a state park, a mariachi band
* Write about a marketing firm that specializes in highly specialized supernatural market segments.
* Write a story that centers around a telephone. Maybe throw in some werewolves—or maybe not.
* Write about an architect who works at a coffee shop If you can throw in some horror or science fiction elements, all the better.
* Write a story about identical twins who have never met. One’s a werewolf. One’s a vampire.
* Use all of these words in your story: velveteen, festoon, divulge, Lurex, surreptitious, mosey, perfunctory
* Use all of these things in your story: a game of hangman, a litter of kittens, a Wiccan girl scout troupe
* Write a story about someone who ends up sitting next to some really intolerable/annoying people on a long airplane flight.
* The Only Huey Lewis and the News Album I Listen To
* Write a story in which sports are used for evil. What I really want to know is when aren’t sports evil. Of course, this is coming from the slowest runner in Mrs. Collins’ third-grade class.
* Write a story with al this stuff in it: a waitress, a morgue, a spiral notebook full of mysterious writing
* Write about a picnic that takes place in a park immediately after the zombie apocalypse has begun.
* A pizza-delivery boy is running through a neighborhood like he is being pursued but there is no one behind him. Write about what this guy is running from.
* Write about a time-traveling food truck and a private detective.
* Write a science fiction or fantasy story about a new cola on the market that causes a huge stir. Does it cause a stir because it is delicious, magical, deadly, unusual, unremarkable or something else?
* Write about the creepiest coffee shop that ever existed. What happens there? How does it make people feel when they go there? What’s going on in the kitchen?
* Where’s My Liquid Paper?
* Write about how someone’s bad day at work turns into something mind-blowingly amazing and life-changing.
* Do As I Say, Human! Write a story about a robot and a mermaid.
* Write a story about a garage sale that isn’t full of your usual selection of ragtag junk but instead is offering bargain prices on intangible, abstract stuff like “true love,” “unbreakable courage,” “the ability to control minds,” “x-ray vision,” and other stuff like that.
* Use all these words in your story: uber alles, squelch, oodles, slough, wither, breadbasket, zilch
* Use all these nouns in your story: a drugstore makeup counter, an incubus, a Carmex jar filled with a mysterious substance
* Write a story that takes place entirely in a public restroom.
* Write a story. Make sure it has this title: “Revenge of the Water Sprites”
* Write a story that takes place completely in someone’s mind. Make sure it involves a haunted house, a gonzo journalist and a talking paper bag.
* So this regular chick goes to a potluck thinking it’s a regular potluck, because why not, right? But it turns out everyone else there is either a demon, a warlock, a witch, or some other kind of mystical-type creature or person. How do things go? Does she ever find out that her fellow potluckees are not of this world? Does she end up eating a cursed quinoa casserole?
* Write a story about a summer intern who ends up running the company by the end of his or her first week.
* All this stuff. Put it in your story. a bicycle race, the devil (or some other evil being), an invasion, What kind of invasion? Hell if I know. It can be an invasion of savings at the local mini mall for all I care.
* Write a horror story that takes place at at greeting-card store.
* While it wasn’t the job she signed up for, she figured she might as well _________.
* All this stuff. It goes in your story: Genre: folk tale, Person: a hairdresser who moonlights as an assassin, Problem: there’s an ogre loose in town
* Write about a mysterious kitty that gets adopted. Maybe it has magical powers, or maybe it just gets really epic hairballs — that’s all up to you.
* Here are seven words. Use them in your story. smother, supercilious, perpendicular, torpid, ensconce, hub, peignoir
* Write the weirdest, most messed-up love story you can think of.
* Write a story with these three things: a doughnut shop, a herd of wild ponies, the Antichrist
* Hangin’ on the Telephone,Write a story that revolves around a mysterious phone call.
* Well, That Was Counterproductive
* Write about someone who overcomes their shyness … through murder.
* Write about someone who skips church to either (a) save the world, (b) do something completely deviant yet harmless or (c) do something completely not of this world, like go on a date with a ghost or travel to another dimension.
* Three things. Put them all in your story: a bowl of punch, a middle manager, an orgy
* Write about an artists who unwittingly paints pictures of the future.
* Write about a filmmaker who makes industrial/educational films to fund his or her real dream of making erotic art films.
* Someone finds a takeout container and drink on the side of the road. They also find a mysterious book. Who do these items belong to and how did they get there?
* Write a detective story that takes place at a family reunion. Be sure there’s a daikaiju somewhere in the story.
* Here are three things. They all go in your story: a giant squid, a line of cancan dancers, a jet pack
* Christen your story with this lovely title: “Stoner Pajamas”
* Use all this stuff to create your story: Genre: creature horror, Person: a cat groomer, Problem: a new glass skyscraper in town is causing problems for the building around it
* Here’s a random assortment of crap to use in your story: kittens, a half-eaten pizza, telepathy, a radio call-in contest, a sleeve of saltine crackers, magic, a six-pack of beer, existential angst
* “Remember that time you did a thing and something happened. That was pretty cool, right?”
* Three nouns, three things to use in your story. Have at it. a unicorn hunter, a planet inhabited entirely by cats, a glitter gun
* All this stuff needs to go in your story. Do it now. a high school ring, a diary, a crashed UFO
* Broaden your vocabulary and use all of these words in your story: limber, tabulate, inkling, grind, flounce, circumspect, doused
* She sighed; it may have been the end of the world, but it was also the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
* Velma figured if her plan went to hell, she could probably hop over to the next dimension and be all right.
* “Well, at least I don’t have to worry about feeding and caring for a unicorn anymore.”
* Donna’s finger grazed the pink button before tentatively settling on the green one.
* It was OK; sometimes mistakes work out for the better.
* First she tried the _______. When that didn’t work out, she _______.
* Write a story about cats and pizza. It needs to be really serious.
* Three things. They all go in your story. nail polish, a VHS tape, a book of spells
* Nouns, nouns, nouns. There will never be enough nouns. Use these particular ones in your story. a former tennis star, a roller rink, a haunted organ
* Your story needs a name, dang it. Why not use this one, right? “Strange Times at the Cupcake Pagoda”
* “Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much about ______.”
* Leroy dusted the glitter off his dress and stuck out his thumb, hoping the next ride was just as great.
* Lana thought one _____ was enough, but apparently Jen had other ideas.
* Genre: erotic thriller, Person: a down-on-her-luck bartender, Problem: there is not enough pizza
* Write a spy thriller that takes place at a monster-truck rally.
* Here are three things. Use them in your story or whatever. an empty box, a lucky necklace, a bar of gold
* Trying to get back in the swing of updating this. In a new band. Totes busy.
* Write a story where the food at a swanky dinner party is or seems to be alive.
* Write a story about New Year’s party that causes time to stop.
* Use all of this in your story: an undercover detective, the back of a converted van, a box of Franzia
* Write a story with this title: “Astral Projection and Mutual Affection”
* Use this line of dialogue in your story: “Mutual respect sends his regrets.”
* Use all of these objects in your story: a book report, a slingshot, a bag of old makeup
* All this stuff. Use it in your story. a controversial blogger, a desert island, a VHS tape
* Despite a few fatalities, everyone agreed that Mindy’s first cookout was a roaring success.
* Use all of this stuff in your story: a high-powered CEO who is hiding his identity as a vampire, a grungy ’50s-themed diner, a bottle filled with blue liquid
* Write a story with this title: “Any Given Psycho”
* Use this classic line of dialogue in your epic story: “All of my observations are sarcasm-based.”
* Write about a meeting in a corporate office that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Be sure to include something supernatural or really weird.
* Use all of these words in your story: vestibule, strident, sophomoric, panacea, slaphappy, flounder, bedizen
* Use all of these nouns in your story: an unlabeled can of soup, a cigarette pack filled with M&M’s, an unrequited crush
* “I hope you’re all happy, because now I have to ________.”
* Write a story about a guy who walks into a bar on a dark and stormy night.
* Write a horror-romance-comedy that takes place at a backyard cookout.
* Use these things in your story. a snake-oil salesman, a backyard cookout, a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner
* “I don’t want to fail just because other people have terrible taste.”
* Every morning I wake up in the armpit of this alien world.
* Genre: tragicomedy, Person: a psychic pizza-delivery woman, Problem: There’s a funeral, but the casket is empty.
* Use all of these brilliant words in your wondrous story: jigger, lampoon, cavalcade, amalgamate, tableau, phosphorescence, paraphernalia
* Write a story with these three things in it. a slightly incompetent jazz band, a locket, a gross of plastic dinosaurs
* Write about someone who’s just tired of everything and finds a positive way to deal with it.
* Write a murder mystery that takes place on a moving train.
* Use all of these things in your story. Your story that you should have already started writing: a snarky introvert, the basement of a pizza place, a mysterious piece of metal
* Write a story with this title: “Wallflower Social Club”
* “I’m just doing what the fortune cookie said. Who am I to stand in the way of fate?”
* Broaden your linguistic horizons and use these seven words in your story: insidious, blanch, narcotic, fealty, jamboree, ephemera, pussyfoot
* Write a story. Use this title, whether it seems appropriate or not. “Mixed Up with Princesses”
* Jesus and a unicorn walk into a party. Jesus brought some deviled eggs for an appetizer. The unicorn is bored. Write about what happens next.
* Genre: road trip, Person: a vocal coach who is recovering from mild amnesia, Problem: A female serial killer has escaped from prison.
* Three amazing nouns. Use them all in your story. a community college librarian, a beauty pageant, a bar cart with a magical chalice on it
* Write a story about a reality show star who turns out to be (a) an android, (b) from the future, (c) an evil twin, or (d) all of the above.
* Two genres. Use them both in your story. supernatural romance and body horror
* Genre: metafiction, Person: a torch singer, Problem: the president might be a vampire
* Three things. Use them all in your glorious, glorious story. a bucket filled with a mysterious pink substance, a unopened letter, an elderly white horse
* Start your story with: Jenna stared wistfully at the carton of strawberry ice cream behind the glass.
* End your story with: She knew Dave would never forgive her for such delicious cruelty, but she was OK with that.
* Use these: time travel, kittens, an expired library card, foreign currency, a saloon, existential despair, muzak
* Lucille dragged the _______ out of the closet. It didn’t look bad for something that was ________.
* Genre: magical realism, Person: an underground filmmaker, Problem: two teenagers have run away to Mexico to get married and no one can find them
* Write a story with all of these words in it. Leave some out and fear my wrath or something. aptitude, slog, manifest, persnickety, capsule, lovesick, teaspoon
* a can of pink paint, a single dad just trying to make it in the suburbs, a dungeon (what kind of dungeon? you decide)
* Sorry I have been negligent! I’ve been managing my band’s Tumblr and have just been kinda busy in general.
* Genre: family saga, Person: an art museum docent, Problem: items around town keep disappearing and reappearing and only one person seems to be noticing
* A couple is dining at a restaurant. One half of the couple seems to be tripping balls, while the other seems genuinely amused by this. Write a story about this from the perspective of the server. Keep in mind, the server knows this couple and does not know them to be so trippy. Also, the server is not human.
* Write a story about snow that isn’t snow.
* Three random things. Use ’em in your glorious story. a Virgin Mary statue, a bucket of marbles, a sandwich nobody will eat
* These words. They are so super. So super you should put them in your story. analog, scintilla, straggle, jostle, titivate, congregation, indecorous
* “I don’t know what this is, but I’m going to _______ it.”
* Write a story about a cooking show host and his or her wise-cracking robot assistant. Also, have the story take place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
* Write about about two chicks who watch a lot of TV. Make it a science fiction story.
* Use all these things in your story: a telephone, a call girl, a haunted house
* Write about triplets who are all completely different personality-wise. At least on of them should have a weird, supernaturally evil thing going on.
* I’ve Been Through the Desert in a Car with No Name
* Write a story about someone who’s driving through the Texas high desert in an old Volkswagen. Throw in something supernatural or weird.
* Write a story about a wedding and zombies. There should be a LOT of gore.
* Write a story about astral projection and unicorns. Throw in some magical coffee or something while you’re at it.
* Things. Things for you. Things for you to use as you please (in the context of a story). a bear trap, a cookbook, a can of Tang
* Sometimes Laura just wanted to _____ everyone she came in contact with.
* Genre: cyberpunk, Person: a family having dinner together, Problem: Sister assassinated the mayor
* “Math Jesus” These can’t all be great. Sorry.
* Write about someone who cheats in school. And it’s not just any school. It’s a school for zombie hunters.
* a malt shop, a witch, a missing journal
* Elizabeth collected cats like some people collect souvenir spoons.
* “I’m gonna eat the hell outta this bowl of eyeballs!”
* Paper Bags Are My Best Friend, Write a story about a child who is obsessed with a paper bag. Make it creepy and wrong.
* Genre: romance-horror, Person: the lead singer of a punk band, Problem: aliens are sending out mind-control messages through the television
* Also, speaking of . . . zombies or something . . .
* The Nazi zombies will spare you if you do.
* Cookies of Despair, Write about cookies. Cookies that make people sad.
* She wasn’t sure, but something told Donna that she was about to ______ something big. Really big.
* There’s nothing sadder in the world than a story without a name.”Strip Mall Sanctuary”
* Write a story about an abnormally large kitty cat. Also, have the story take place in colonial America. Throw in some aliens if you feel like it.
* Use al this stuff in your story. an empty house, a skull, robots
* Write about someone who works over the weekend and has a very surreal/mindblowing experience doing so.
* Write a story in which nail polish figures heavily into the plot.
* Three things for your story! Because 3 will always be greater than 2! a toilet seat, a Thai restaurant, a slacker chick with anxiety issues
* Write about someone who finds his or her significant other on eBay. Try not to make it too creepy.
* Write a short story in which someone delivers this zinger. “Soon all you will taste is the bitter tang of my discontent.”
* Write a story that centers around the controversy stirred up by a new self-help book called Eating the Brass Scepter.
* Write about a new alcoholic drink that has some really strange effects on anyone who drinks it.
* Write a story that takes place in a library. During an earthquake. And there’s a monster (literal or metaphorical) lurking somewhere in the library.
* Write about a man who constantly tends to his dogs – trains them, walks them, etc. – from the point of view of a neighbor. We’re talking excessive attention. Obviously, there should be a shady reason why he spends so much time tending to them.!
* All these nouns. They go in your story: a stenographer, a bar bathroom, a gall bladder
* Genre: gonzo journalism, Person: an OCD encyclopedia saleswoman, Problem: there’s a unicorn in the front yard. again.
* Write a story with this title: “No Dudes Within Earshot”
* Write about a virus that’s going around a corporate office, and it’s not just any virus . . . And it better not be a zombie virus . . . nope, no cliches here.
* Write a science fiction story about someone who goes on a late-night bicycle ride.
* Write a story with these three things:an awkward situation, birth control pills, apple juice
* Write a story in which everyone in world’s cars just stop working. How does the world function and how do people cope? What innovations do people come up with to get around without a gas-powered steel pollution machine? And if you just have someone invent a stupid electric car, I will personally find you and kick your unimaginative ass.
* Write about a bartender with a secret identity.
* Genre: fairy tale, Person: a tough lady police officer, Problem: someone’s cloning serial killers
* Write a zombie story that takes place in outer space (like on a spaceship or something). Make it sci-fi-licious.
* Write about someone who has tons of good ideas but never does anything with them. And of course you have to watch this.
* One day the entire U.S. government turns to zombies – the president, Congress, the Senate, mayors, city councils, the postal service – they all turning in drooling undead corpses. Figure out what that entails and write a story. I know, I know, most of the government is already kind of zombie-like, but be creative.
* Write about a normal grocery shopping trip gone horribly wrong. It must have a science fiction or fantasy twist.
* “Some days I just don’t feel like _______ing,” Liza said.
* Use ’em in your story. Don’t waste any! popcorn, obsessive compulsive disorder, a box of Krispy Kremes
* You know it’s time to change clothes when the creepy homeless guy on the street tells you that you have a great outfit.
* Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story. “I’m breaking the mold. I’m saying ‘no’ to the monkey.”
* Because I’m nice, and this thing is new, You’re welcome.
* Write about a door-to-door salesman who sells souls to demons in hell. As opposed to demons who live in Hawaii.
* Write a story using these three things: a paper clip, a hospital, an exotic dancer
* Write a story in which a record player is used as an instrument of death. [Insert “OMG! Remember records? They’re so old!” joke here.]
* “Time to take a picture of my face!”
* Use these three things in your story, because we all know good things come in threes. Genre: young adult, Person: a tattooed florist, Problem: The end of the world is nigh. Someone should probably try to do something about it.
* Break Out the Decorative Soap, Write a story about an unexpected guest.
* Write a story with about big, nasty bugs. Lots of them. Make it as unpleasant as possible.
* Write about a stain that won’t go away.
* Writing a story that takes place in a coffee shop. Throw in a unicorn and a disaffected Gen Y-er.
* In Honor of Easter . . .
* A monster terrorizes a beach full of partying, unsupervised teenagers in normal, ’50s B-movie style, with one caveat: it is not a literal monster. Maybe the monster is a STD that spreads like wildfire or gas prices so high no one can leave the beach or diseased cheeseburgers. Something lovely like that. Let your imagination run free like a bikini-clad blonde on the beach.
* What do animals think of our nudity, anyway?
* Someone just shows up to work naked one day like it’s no big deal. Write about the hilarity/horror that ensues.
* a supermarket, a tabloid, an executive business-type dude, Use all of these in your story, or the Bat Boy will surely come to get you!
* . . . because I have absolutely no social skills and debilitating halitosis . . . Just kidding, bibliophiles.
* Blame It on the Rain . . . Everyone Else Does It’s just another stupid, rainy afternoon . . . until . . . until . . . You figure out the until part. Aliens invade? Something explodes? The cat throws up? I’m sure you can come up with something decent.
* Write a story in which Kool-Aid is integral to the plot. And for the love of all that is decent, no Jonestown fan-fiction, please! Besides, that Jonestown guy actually used Flavor-Aid. Cheap bastard.
* a small desert town, an ice cream cake, an artist, You know you want to write a story about Marfa, Texas. Just go on and do it.
* Right around the time a new, tasty cereal comes out on the market, people start dying by the hundreds. Related, or coincidence? It’s your job to figure that out. I can’t do everything for you.
* Write about someone who travels through multiple dimensions to accomplish a goal. The goal could be getting a tasty hot dog or escaping from a serial killer or something else entirely. Just make sure there’s a magical baby in it. Or not.
* Write a story about a very unusual garden. Maybe it’s filled with man-eating plants or Anne Geddes babies or enticing-yet-poisonous plans. You decide.
* All these things. They go in you story. Genre: black comedy, Person: A former infomercial host, Problem: A new family moves in next door. The daughter appears to have disturbing supernatural powers.
* Write a story that takes place in heaven, either the Biblical one, or some other one (maybe even the one in someone’s head) and make a bunch of crazy, weird shit happen. There’s no need to be bored in the afterlife, after all.
* Use all of these in your story. Why haven’t you learned this by now? a pumpkin, a barista, a black hole (in space or wherever)
* Caffeine suddenly ceases to exist! Write a story about the aftermath! It must involve a treadmill and a bucket of fried chicken!
* Write about someone who suddenly finds him or herself to be an unlikely sex symbol.
* Your protagonist finds him/herself in a world where no one else speaks his/her language. Write about it!
* Use all this crap in your story. Don’t whine; just do it!, a possessed doll, a housewife, a junkyard
* Use one or all of these writing no-no’s in your story.
* Write a story in which a failure to count results in disaster. Or hilarity. Or both.
* Write about someone who quits their job and things don’t go exactly as they planned afterward.
* Yeah, this one’s kind of heavy. What can I say? I just escaped an office job that was very outsourcing-happy.
* Write a story in which an overly pick person has to overcome his or her pickiness and just go with the flow.
* Write a story with this title: “Housewife a-Go-Go”
* Use all of this crap in your story. You know you want to. Genre: coming-of-age, Person: a Spanish teacher, Problem: a prominent mayoral candidate is an axe murderer
* Here are seven words. Maybe they’ll make your story better. befuddled, inexact, cornball, manifesto, ether, capsize, laborious
* . . . but it sure won’t pay the rent.
* “I have moved past the need for food and now subsist solely on abstract concepts.”
* Write about a happy hour that takes a turn for the not-so-happy. If you can work a T-Rex or zombie uprising into the story, I will respect you so much.
* Here are words, phrases and other miscellaneous junk to use in your story. Use some of it, or use all of it. It’s the junk drawer, so take what you need but use all you take. a ukulele string, pizza crust, erotic wallpaper, long division, string theory, kittens, bunny slippers, science, a hole punch, cheerleaders
* Write a story about lady wrestlers in a post-apocalyptic future.
* Use It, Don’t Abuse It: Use this sentence somewhere in your story. If nothing else, it will up your word count.
* Person, Place, Thing: All this stuff. It goes in your story and makes it awesome. a festival, a fistful of Monopoly money, an anthropologist
* A bowl of green Jell-O. Take it, turn it, and make it weird. Or not.
* Some of which are probably made up. But you still have to use them in your story. italicizable, prophesy, viable, competency, lava, synergy, gingham
* “That’s OK. The kindness cancels out the cholesterol.”
* Write a story with this title: “Attack of the Webdings!” And of course the title of the obvious sequel would be “Dingbats Strike Back.”
* You actually get two persons this time. I’m that generous. Genre: magical realism, Person(s): a bicycle repair woman & a blogger, Problem: an entire neighborhood is about to be demolished to build a freeway
* Write a story about a person/thing that can’t/won’t die.
* Write a story that takes place in a mental institution. (1950)
* Use all these words in your story and maybe it will rock. Or maybe it won’t. gingivitis, succumb, principal, orifice, flux, nether, lava
* Use all this junk in your story. It will be better for it. a wedding, a bounty hunter, a bag of potato chips
* My, my, who is that extremely attractive young woman in the reflection?
* Use all three four of these things in your story: a walking catfish, a moustache, corned beef, a unicycle
* A guy walks into an organ bank. You have to decide: Is it legit? Does he work there, or is he a customer? Is he just trying to sell some effing chocolate bars for his kid’s baseball fundraiser? Is he going to raid the organ supply? So many questions!
* Write a story about someone who finds a litter of abandoned kittens, but not just any kittens–MAGIC KITTENS! Although, honestly, aren’t all kitties magical?
* Use all of these in your story. Trust me, it’s worth it. Genre: thriller, Person: a graphic designer, Problem: Someone ate the last of the Chee-Tos. Oh yeah, they also murdered the department manager.
* Write about the great bacon crisis of 2971. Feel free to exaggerate and make fun of all the hipsters who like bacon because it’s ironic or whatever.
* Here are seven words. Use them in your story if you feel like it. luxuriate, connotation, lambent, bada-boom!, skulk, ham, nimiety
* Write a story with this title: “Erroneous Zones” Now, grow up and stop giggling.
* Write about someone who arrives at a party on the wrong day
* Write about the person with the fewest Facebook friends
* Begins your story with this sentence (OK, two sentences . . . ): The good news was that he wasn’t dead. The bad news: he was still alive.
* “Honey come and dance with me, ‘cos I ain’t gonna work here no more.” –David Byrne, “A Million Miles Away”
* Barely Legal Edition, Use all three of these in your story. Genre: exploitation (interpret however you please), Person: a 17-year-old, Problem: Someone ripped one of those tags off a mattress. You know, the ones you’re not supposed to rip off. Like that guy in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
* Write a story about a wedding that gets completely destroyed. The wedding really needs to be truly obliterated.
* Apparently all my titles are yanked from You Look Nice Today this week.
* Fill in the blank with something sad and use it in your sad, sad story: Lori didn’t want to leave town, but when Sandy _________, she felt she didn’t have any choice,
* Use these things in your absolutely fascinating story: a college student who doesn’t know they have magical powers, a struggling coffee shop, a comet
* Use it all in your story: a mall food court, a magical station wagon, a throne made of garbage, a cat costume, an unbreakable glass door, a red button, a Lisa Frank notebook filled with weird writing
* Write a story about someone who is really good at something they hate.
* Expand your vocabulary! Use all of these splendiferous words in your story: machination, divert, foray, vexatious, saunter, screed, ruddy
* Use all three of these in your ding-dang story: a vat of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a boombox that won’t shut off, a clock that only runs backward
* Fill in the blank and use this line of dialogue in your story: “I would have won the cake walk if it hadn’t been for _______.”
* Use all of this in your story: Genre: crime, Person: a cooking show host with a floundering career, Problem: a beloved local diner is in danger of being closed
* Here’s seven words. Use them all in your story: contravene, travelogue, gauzy, traipse, splendiferous, dynasty, throng
* Write a story that takes place in a suburban subdivision populated entirely by celebrity impersonators.
* Three nouns. Put ‘em in your story: a magician, a music video shoot, a bucket of orange liquid
* End your story with this sentence: I turned around and shrugged; there was nothing left to do and I had to go to work in the morning.
* Three random things. Use them all in your story. Or don’t! a pile of pile of broken e-scooters, a notebook filled with writing, an ouija board
* Use all of this in your story: Genre: Cyberpunk, Person: an out-of-work journalist, Problem: something’s gone wrong at an abandoned missile silo
* Use all three of these things in your story: a Trader Joe’s parking lot, a confused space traveler, an old cellphone
* Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story: “I know you weren’t expecting the house to be evicerated by an asteroid when you got home from work, but it could be worse.”
* Start your story with this sentence: The day they condemned the town was the day I realized I had to follow my dream.
* Use this stuff in your story: Genre: Young adult, Person: A bored inventor, Problem: It’s been raining for a month with no signs of stopping
* Write a story about a country music superstar who has to teach at a community college.
* Write about a house so poorly built or unsightly that it wreaks havoc in the surrounding neighborhood.
* Getting back in the swing of this. Use all this random stuff in your story: a black cat figurine, a gross of mason jars, goblins, special socks, a weird car, an old tree, a mall Santa
* Write a story with these three things: a fairy godmother, a haunted roadside hotel, stone tablets
* My account was hacked, so sorry for all the pr0n-y posts that got thrown up here. Kind of afraid to touch anything around here now. Hope it wasn’t too traumatizing for anyone. Icky posts deleted. Password changed. Ugh.
* Here’s a bunch of random stuff I found. Put it all in your story. skydiving, an egg salad sandwich, a party that got way out of hand, an old newspaper, a pile of used tea bags, a unicorn T-shirt
* Start your story with: Joan didn’t know how to tell Fabian that every time he put two spaces after a period instead of one, she wanted to personally declare nuclear war on him.
* End your story with: Sometimes it’s the little things that always get in the way.
* All these nouns go in your story. the world’s worst songwriter, a freshly dug grave, a skeleton key
* Write a story about a bar for fallen angels.
* Your story needs a name, damn it, so here’s one: Curiously Judgmental
* End your epic masterpiece with this sentence: Edna would never admit it to anyone, but the post-apocalyptic wasteland she’d inadvertently created was starting to grow on her.
* All this stuff. Fit it into your story somehow.: Genre: tragic comedy, Person: a YouTube star, Problem: a music festival is being invaded by aliens
* Here’s a line of dialogue to use in your story. I’ll have a large pizza, no cheese, easy on the souls of the meek.”
* Here’s some junk to strategically place throughout your story. a burrito, a cat-shaped bowl, a Thighmaster, a pile books with plain covers, glittery pink high heels, a rubber chicken
* Use them in your story.whimsical, bespoke, parochial, rubenesque, sway, riff, gift
* Note: I only hate “riff” when it’s used in place of “take” or “variation” (a riff on a classic cocktail) and I only hate “gift” when it’s used as a verb. I know you all care very much about this.
* Write a story a cat who makes coffee. Why? How? That’s for you to figure out.
* Your story needs more nouns. Might as well use these. a sassy female sniper, a dollar store, a crystal apple
* Shauna knew if she ever needed _______, Shasta was just a phone call away.
* Use all this in your story. You know the drill by now. Genre: memoir, Person: an intergalactic flight attendant, Problem: there’s a nuclear war, but no one’s sure where
* Write a story with these three things: a candy bar, toe socks, a potted plant
* Write a story. Give it this title. “Guardian Detective”
* Write a story about a washed-up rock star at a renaissance festival.
* Write a story about a possessed PEZ dispenser.
* Start your story with: Dana had no idea where she was.
* End your story with: As she buried Ernie’s head in the garden, Dana realized that sometimes you have to be brutal if you want answers.
* Sabrina knew it wouldn’t be long before she finally __________ the poodle.
* Write a science-fiction or fantasy story that reads like investigative journalism.
* Here are seven words of varying interestingness. Use them all in your story: lax, fester, adorable, glisten, fastidiously, zephyr, mosey
* Thought This Place Would Be Empty …
* Write about someone who goes into work on the weekend to find something really strange taking place at the office. Human sacrifices and satanic rituals are a plus. So are Wiccan gatherings.
* Use this stuff in your story.Genre: surreal, Person: a hair stylist, Problem: someone’s pregnant
* Write a story about a cat and a cake. Throw in a grizzled lady detective.
* Three nouns. They go in your story. a fake geisha girl, a dive bar, a crystal ball
* Write about someone whose nickname is the Queen of Awkward Situations.
* Write a story about pie charts. They have to be really important to the story. Throw in a Venn diagram if you’re really feeling ambitious.
* Write a story about an office that doesn’t do typical “office work.” Make it weird, yo.
* Too soon for another Name That Story? Oh, well. “Etsy Crimes”
* Use this dialogue gem in your story: “Everything that’s cute is better.”
* Here’s a title. Use it for your story. “The Exciting Laundry Department”
* Fridays are supposed to be awesome, right? Write about someone who has a less-than-awesome Friday. It should probably involve an octopus.
* Three things. All of them must go in your story. Genre: pulp, Person: a lady ninja, Problem: a night club was wrongfully shut down
* Here are three things. Please put them in your story. a mustache, a tube of lipstick, a ray gun
* Write about a taco truck that engages in some shady, supernatural dealings.
* Write a vampire story that takes place at a movie theater in the 1930s.
* Write a story. Give it this name: “Kittens on Mute”
* She threw the _____________ into the closet. If anyone found it, she’d just have to ____________ them.
* Write about a very unlikely presidential candidate.
* Write a story about regret. Be sure to throw some robots and a fast-food restaurant in there.
* Write about someone who becomes mind-blowingly famous for being very ordinary.
* Nouns! They’re amazing! Use them in your story: a therapist, the shower room at the gym, a magical amulet
* Use these words in your story. neurosis, clandestine, asphyxiate, artisanal, nomenclature, listless, flank, performer, Problem: there’s a murderous dental hygienist on the loose
* GIve your story this title: “Abysmal Instinct”
* Write about an accordion saleswoman with psychic powers.
* Write a story that takes place on a passenger train during the end of the world.
* Write a romantic horror comedy about someone who fakes a foreign accent.
* Write a story about a living wedding cake.
* What kind of story? Any kind of story you want, but why not just make it really weird.
* Use all these weird words in your story. stash, camaraderie, zesty, oblige, notate, ribald, tier
* Use it all. In your story. a beat-up notebook, a trashcan full of skulls, a thousand pencils. Do you kids even know what pencils are?
* Mona didn’t know why Tristan was so ______, but she figured going to a different plan of existence might change his mood.
* Nouns rule. Use these three in your freakin’ story. a nanny who’s also a witch, a kid-oriented pizzeria, a magic hairbrush
* Genre: magical realism, Person: a dollar-store cashier, Problem: someone’s pregnant and doesn’t know it. I don’t like using pregnancy as a plot device, but this isn’t about me, is it?
* Here are seven dumb words. Use them in your story, I guess: circumvent, linear, artifact, bamboozle, accoutrement, skid, besot
* Start your story with: Yvette knew she wasn’t going to win any awards for her manners.
* End your story with: Maybe that’s why some people just need to stay home forever.
* Here’s the name of your next story — and, yes, I am terrible: Thicc as Thieves
* Make this the first sentence of your story: Sonia walked into the office with a vague feeling that the new copyeditor was, in fact, a lizard person.
* Nouns, people! Use ‘em! a shy docent, a dispensary, an unlabeled CD
* Here’s some random crap to use in your story: a cat collar, a roll of quarters, some magic nail polish, a poorly written self-help book, an awkward family photo, a gang of misfit girls
* Make this the title of your story, gotdangit: Little Hades and How I Learned to Suck a Lot Less
* What is Little Hades? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It could be the name of a motel, a state of mind, a cool powerpop band, or the blue plate special at the worst diner ever.
* Here’s three random things. Use them in your story right now: a mysterious vape, a giant bag of cat food, a tattoo of Texas
* Make this the last sentence of your story: And that’s how Linda and Sophia smashed the patriarchy — and made quality vegan pizza accessible to everyone.
* Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story: “You know, these sandwiches are weird, but at least we don’t have to worry about zombies anymore.”
* All this stuff. It goes in your story. Genre: science fiction,Person: a female swashbuckler, Problem: someone thinks they are just too cool for school and needs to be taken down about 800 notches
* I didn’t know a barbecue grill could be used for _______.
* Write a story that smashes these two genres together: tragicomedy and paranormal romance, Back in the saddle, I guess. Been drowning in music stuff, but finally have some free time again. Get ready for some prompts!
* Write a story with these three things in it: a cat condo, a zodiac sign poster, a green tea latte in a golden chalice
* Yes, I am hella bad at updating this thing and I’m sorry.
* Write a story in which a broken coffee maker has a huge impact on the world around it.
* Write a story that encompasses both of these genres: gonzo journalism and space opera
* “I don’t think that person knows how sandwiches work.”
* Use these three nouns in your story: a newbie reporter, a video arcade that time forgot, a pager receiving mysterious messages
* Write a story. Sneak in these words. clandestine, intelligence, espionage, acorn, covert, safehouse, classified
* Yes, we are that epic. We make it to frikin’ 500. We should probably get an award or something.
* In honor of our ability to hang on by our fingernails, write a story with these three things: Genre: splatterpunk, Person: a baker who fights evil when they’re not baking up sugary goodness, Problem: the local bed and breakfast is haunted
* Write about someone who has to accomplish something vast, epic and unfathomably arduous in just three days.
* Here’s some stuff I found in the junk drawer. Throw it in your story so I don’t have to deal with the guilt of throwing it away. a painting with a curse on it, pink panties, chicken bones, several bottles of booze, a fake I.D., a bunch of matches
* When Shelby arrived at the _________, she knew she was going to have to ________ for her __________.
* Heere’s a name for your story so you don’t have to think of one yourself. “Kids in Cars”, I never said it would be a good name.
* Three things. Use them in your story if you want.a wagon, magic shoes, a toy camera
* Take the characters from one of those vintage industrial films and put them in a really weird, f’ed-up story. You can also find some to watch here.
* Write about someone whose picture-taking habit gets them into trouble.
* Write about a desperate copy editor who takes a job at a publishing company only to find out on his or her first day that the company publishes either (a) hardcore pornographic novels or (b) how-to handbooks for demons and other evil beings.
* Use this line of dialogue in your story: “So I went and picked up a hell beast instead of getting groceries. Sue me.”
* Use all this stuff in your story. Or else. a soothsayer, a junior-college campus, a pie chart
* Write a story with some Aztec gods and a bunch of bikini babes.
* Not Since the Lincoln-Douglas Debates … Write a story full of outdated pop-culture references.
* Write a story with all of these words: murky, patina, rue, effusive, foozle, hellacious, noxious
* Write a horror story that takes place at an art festival. Make sure there’s a mime and some pretentious art students.
* Write a story in which the main character is a building.
* Dorene approached the abandoned slaughterhouse, nostalgia canceling out any feelings of revulsion.
* Use this dialogue gem in your story: “Time to belly up to the salad bar of truth!”
* Write a story in which the protagonist drives a run-down, old car with special powers.
* Write a story about a race. Unlike most races, winning this one has horrific consequences. But your protagonist doesn’t know this. Or does she?
* Use all of these words in your story: anathema , misanthropy, perfunctory, sycophant, voracity, verisimilitude
* Write about someone who finds a new, mysterious UHF station while they’re trying to find something good to watch on TV. Yes, I’m old enough to know what UHF is.
* The heat is on, never stops!
* A walk in the park ends with a disapear
* Use some of it in your story: a stapler, existential despair, a heavy metal band, a half-full bottle of beer, a broken bike horn, a church potluck, a stack of records, stray cats, a thunderstorm
* Write a story about someone who can’t get a song out of their head.
* “That’s what happens when you don’t have reliable Wi-Fi.”
* Seven Stupid Words: suction, cabal, imbue, vanquish, licentious, dulcet, reverie
* Write a story about the most derivative thing ever getting exposed for the fakery that it is.
* nouns that can be used in stories or whatever. a weary, jaded songwriter; a rose garden; a deck of tarot cards
* Use all of this stuff in your story: an old combo organ, a spiked dog collar, a notebook full of conspiracy theories
* Even though Jake ate the last of the pancakes, Leonard couldn’t find it in himself to get worked up about it.
* Use all this to create your fabulous story: Genre: high fantasy, Person: a terrible writer, Problem: there’s a wedding that needs to be stopped
* Use all of these words in your story: smug, substantial, meddle, slink, ethereal, artisanal, convolute