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    A Story A Week weekly prompts only

    Please do NOT post in this thread. Discussions should go to the other "A Story A Week" thread.


    For the week of September 16 to 22:


    Write a story (less than 2000 words) about a dog and a cat and a man named Jared. By the end of the story, the readers should have a big grin on their faces and feel good about themselves.


    Post your stories and critiques here (in SYW): http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19072

    For general discussions, visit this thread: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18982

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    September 16-22 Prompt 2

    Please do NOT post in this thread. Discussions should go to the other "A Story A Week" thread.


    For the week of September 16 to 22, Prompt #2:


    Write a story (less than 2000 words) about a man and a woman at a night club. They are strangers to each other. What happens? And what do they find out?




    Post your stories and critiques here (in SYW): http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19072

    For general discussions, visit this thread: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18982

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Week of September 24-30.

    Write a story (under 3000 words) about a man returning home to find his house's gone...


    (The interest level of this is really sad... so I am probably going to pull the plug)

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Week of October 2 - October 7


    Write a first-person narrative (any genre) about what happened on the last day of your job. It could be funny, sad, scary, romantic, etc. But keep your POV to first person and current time (no flashback).

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Week of October 8 to 15:


    Write a story starting with the following sentence:

    With distain he held his wife's head in his hands.

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Week of October 16-24:


    It's election day, and for the first time a black woman has been elected the President of the United States...

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    October 22 - 29

    Write a story that ends with this prompt:
    She smiled; she knew exactly what he'd done.

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    October 30 - November 4

    Begin with sentence A and end with sentence B:

    A: "I'm dying," the King said.

    B: "And that, my friend, was how they got away with everything."

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
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    For the week of November 5 - November 11:

    Pick out a novel from your shelves, flip to page 50, and use the last sentence on that page as your opening sentence (please tell us what the book is).

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Prompt for the week of November 12...


    Imagine a world without love. Then two people fall in love and they must run and hide from society.

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    Recovered from the old board:

    Week of November 19:


    Your character just dies from a horrific accident. Tell us what happens afterwards...

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    Week of November 26:

    When June returns home, she finds the biggest live turkey running amuck in her living room...

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    The week before Xmas:

    Write a story about Christmas that doesn't involve gifts, toys, food, decorated trees, cards, shopping, Santa, Jesus, etc. etc. -- that is, everything that has to do with Christmas.

    I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
    -- Agatha Christie





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    I know I'm not Ray, but...

    Write a story (fiction or not) about a New Year's Resolution gone horribly wrong.

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    I know I'm not Ray or Yeshanu but

    Write a story about belly button injections

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    I'll try and keep this up more regularly. For now, here's a whole thread of prompts for humour writers that some might not know about:


    http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/...ad.php?t=13135

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    Prompt for this week:

    Write a satirical obituary or eulogy about yourself, written from the POV of someone who doesn't like you very much, but doesn't want to come right out and say so at your funeral. Come on, make fun of yourself!

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    Is this thread no longer updated?

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    Well, it doesn't seem like it is to me, but, from what I see in this thread, it seems like someone may take over.

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    Okay, I'm bringing this back for...a week.

    Write a story (less than 2000 words) about the murder of some rich, but disliked, guy, who just happened to have a(n) <insert important item here> before he died.

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    Can I bring it back now?

    Write a story (precisely 17,201.6 words) about a really sucky prompt. For an example of such a prompt, please re-read this post.

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    Dead thread deserves a new chance at life.

    Horror-esque: write a story in which the thing that incites terror is never revealed.
    or: center your story around a mask.

    Happier: write from the POV of a puppy
    or: your characters go to a place they've never been before
    "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh

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    If anyone is in want for prompts, your unicorn-of-love is here to supply some.

    -write a story centered around a piano (not necessarily in location, lol)
    -write a dialog-only story about a surprising discovery
    -make up an original fairy tale. The moral? Never trust/talk to strangers. (horror writers especially rejoice)
    "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh

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    Some picture prompts from Flickr (great place to go to for inspiration)


    Untitled by elder ..., on Flickr



    Country and Western..... by MudMapImages, on Flickr
    "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh

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    Write a story in less than 1500 words.

    A man stumbles in to a bar. He is very skinny and looks unhealthy. His Clothes are in terrible shape. Write what happened to the man.

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