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MadScientistMatt
07-01-2005, 06:24 PM
Inspired by the poll of writing prompts for the final round of AW Idol:

What would be the most tortureous and impossible-seeming writing prompt you could think of?

One example that I'd come up with was "Compose an original sonnet on the meaning of life, using only verbatim quotes from movies by Ed Wood, Jr."

maestrowork
07-01-2005, 06:46 PM
Write a 1st person story from the POV of a child rapist-murderer who ENJOYS doing what he does.

robeiae
07-01-2005, 07:09 PM
Write a story about Hollywood with no references to sex, money, or power.

Corollary: Write a story about Washington, D.C. with no references to sex, money, or power

Rob :)

sunandshadow
07-01-2005, 10:10 PM
Write a story without any characters. ;)

robeiae
07-01-2005, 10:23 PM
Write a story without any characters. ;)
I believe Charles Beard already did that (sorry, old historian's joke).

Rob :)

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
07-01-2005, 10:26 PM
lol.
not just the old.

GailKavanagh
07-02-2005, 05:04 PM
Any writing prompt that starts ``What was your most..."...embarrassing moment...inspiring encounter...favorite anything...

For some reason these kinds of prompts make my muse pick up her skirts and run.

Richard
07-02-2005, 05:37 PM
My usual reaction is 'Mind your own bloody business'.

three seven
07-02-2005, 07:14 PM
Write a 1st person story from the POV of a child rapist-murderer who ENJOYS doing what he does.Ahem...

rhymegirl
07-02-2005, 08:00 PM
How about: Write a story in which every word has to start with the same letter. (And it's a 1000 word story)

loquax
07-02-2005, 09:27 PM
Born in the Woods, in the key of B:

Being born beneath brittle branches brought bad blessings, but because benefactors bestowed balms, beastly blisterous bruses became better...

Actually I can't be bothered.

Eveningsdawn
07-04-2005, 02:51 AM
Write me a story without the letter "e".

poetinahat
07-04-2005, 07:07 AM
Write George Bush's speeches. Justify your work to your children. :D

reph
07-04-2005, 10:35 AM
Write a story whose purpose is product placement without letting readers catch on that it's an ad.

loquax
07-04-2005, 01:59 PM
Write me a story without the letter "e".
Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright. (http://www.spinelessbooks.com/gadsby/01.html)

Richard
07-04-2005, 02:53 PM
Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright.

He didn't think this one through, did he?

Eveningsdawn
07-05-2005, 06:56 AM
*laughs* No, he didn't. Still, that's pretty impressive...

Write me a story where every sentance is a cliffhanger.

DragonHeart
07-13-2005, 11:54 PM
Describe colors.

Eveningsdawn
07-14-2005, 04:28 AM
Describe the taste of yellow, the smell of blue, the sound of red, and the feel of purple.

robeiae
07-14-2005, 04:34 AM
Banana, snow, crackle, velvet.

Rob :)

Faro Jack
07-14-2005, 06:23 PM
Write George Bush's speeches. Justify your work to your children. :D
Or a speech for Hillary Clinton, in which every word must be true.

Faro Jack
07-14-2005, 06:26 PM
But seriously....

Write a haiku in which each word must rhyme with "haiku".

Feyd
07-15-2005, 02:33 AM
Describe the taste of yellow, the smell of blue, the sound of red, and the feel of purple.

I think I know someone who took some stuff back in the 70's... they could do it.

Here's one for you: Write a poem, 40 lines or less, that tells what is the opposite of a kiss. (No, "not kissing" doesn't count.)

Jillian
08-04-2005, 02:51 AM
But seriously....

Write a haiku in which each word must rhyme with "haiku".


who knew you true blue
two flew to peru through dew
you grew too, new hue.

(you didn't say it had to be good :) )

PattiTheWicked
08-04-2005, 03:14 AM
Write George Bush's speeches. Justify your work to your children. :D

Some things are too horrendous to ever be justified.

Eveningsdawn
08-04-2005, 05:51 AM
Banana, snow, crackle, velvet.

Rob :)


I said of the colors, not of things that are the color. Therefore, I will not accept banana.

The others are okay.

robeiae
08-06-2005, 06:36 AM
I said of the colors, not of things that are the color. Therefore, I will not accept banana.

The others are okay.

Taste of yellow=banana. What?

Rob :)

AdamH
08-08-2005, 12:50 AM
Write a epic Sci-Fi novel in the style of Star Trek using only numbers as words. For example, "Seven Eight Nine." :)

robeiae
08-08-2005, 01:14 AM
Seven eight one six, two!

Rob :)

Ella
08-27-2005, 03:12 AM
Describe the taste of yellow, the smell of blue, the sound of red, and the feel of purple.

I thought this was a pretty good prompt, actually.

I personally loathe writing biographies. So my crappy prompt is

Describe yourself.

Or some mundane things like

What do you feel is the purpose of evil in the world?
What is your dream vacation?

HollieKastel
08-27-2005, 05:49 AM
I personally loathe writing biographies. So my crappy prompt is

Describe yourself.



I agree Ella. I hate prompts that just make you regurgitate a memory or experience. I want to really have to THINK and CREATE and DISCOVER!


"Write about the most boring thing that has ever happened to you."

Dancing banana, anyone? :banana:

threedogpeople
09-11-2005, 03:50 AM
Crappy, crappy prompt during a job interview...

Describe your weaknesses.