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Father’s Day Writing Prompts: June 2017

Father’s Day Writing Prompts

This week’s writing prompts are in honor of our fathers, Kip and Sherrill, as well as every father out there. Although I doubt either will use these prompts to create stories, we are always confident that Kip and Sherrill are in our corner, offering support, advice, and encouragement. Thank you both, so very much, for everything. We love you!

You may have noticed a lack of content lately. Our apologies. I hope you’re all still with us. I had a few weeks of overtime, which just so happens to falls exactly on the hours that I get the most writing done. During the overtime, we decided to improve our landscaping a bit around the house. Les discussed our progress in one of her Tipsy Scribbles post.

Once we finally got to take a deep breath, we ran away. Seriously. We hid in the mountains for a week without the computer. On more than one occasion, we discussed never returning. The fur babies wouldn’t have appreciated that. Plus there’s that whole employment issue.

Anyway, I have begun to outline the next story for Detective Peirson. That will be a novel rather than shared through the site like Red Herring. Flash Fictions will continue on an every other week schedule, with the next part of Saving Time coming this Friday.

Hope all is well! Please share your stories and artwork with us!

Father's Day Writing Prompts-Jun17-He is a High Mage, a mighty warrior, and King of the combined nations. Now he is also a father.
He is a High Mage, a mighty warrior, and King of the combined nations. Now he is also a father.
Father's Day Writing Prompts-Jun17-This isn't Star Wars! My dad can't be the bad guy, she argued.
“This isn’t Star Wars! My dad can’t be the bad guy,” she argued.
Father's Day Writing Prompts-Jun17-Tools and equipment lined the workshop. Everything you could ever need, except the only thing that matters.
Tools and equipment lined the workshop. Everything you could ever need, except the only thing that matters.

 

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Fantasy Writing Prompts: June 2017

Fantasy Writing Prompts

That troublesome real world has kept me away from fantasy for too long. So it’s only fitting that the first writing prompt post in weeks be fantasy themed. We have mysterious creatures to encounter and a locked treasure room to offer you this week. Share your stories and artwork with us on Facebook or Twitter!

I’ve had little opportunity to write lately. Copious amounts of overtime may be good for the bank account, but not so much for the writing schedule. We have, however, began an undertaking of landscaping our yard. Which I think is coming along nicely. Les has been sharing our progress on her Tipsy Scribbles posts. Subscribe to our site to stay up to date on everything!

As for the writing progress, Saving Time will be coming to a close soon. Flash Fictions will be every other week now instead of weekly. This will allow me more time to work on the bigger projects. Among those, I have a completed first draft for a Brix and Gregor adventure that is awaiting a rewrite and some brainstorming notes have been started for a new case for Red Herring’s Detective Peirson.

Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jun2017-The creatures were both elegant and fierce, but this one was just a cub.
The creatures were both elegant and fierce, but this one was just a cub.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jun2017-After an era of stalking the world above, it was ready to return to the surface.
After an era of stalking the world above, it was ready to return to the surface.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jun2017-With a thunderous echo, the lock fell into place. He was confident the treasure room would never be breached.
With a thunderous echo, the lock fell into place. He was confident the treasure room would never be breached.

 

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Mother’s Day Writing Prompts: May 2017

Mother’s Day Writing Prompts

We would like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to our mothers, Deana and Lisa; our sisters, Krystal and Megan; and to every mother reading this. We love you more than words can properly express.

As per usual, these aren’t necessarily your mushy story starters. That just isn’t really our style. These are the prompts to get your story started, so make it as good or mushy as you want. And don’t forget to share it with us! We enjoy reading stories others create from our writing prompts. Your story may even be featured on the site, just like Askien’s Keeper of the Guardians.

I’m a little nervous to say that this will be the last post to reference the incomplete first draft for the Brix and Gregor novel. I started the final chapter this morning. It will certainly need extensive work, but the story, at least, is nearly all on paper. Once it is complete, I’m going to let it sit for a couple of weeks before starting the second draft. During that time, I will begin to work on Detective Peirson’s next case!

Mother's Day Writing Prompts-May2017-Nothing could diminish a mother's love, even death.
Nothing could diminish a mother’s love, even death.
Mother's Day Writing Prompts-May2017-Although it was just a word, she had poisoned every letter with her treachery. She was no mother.
Although it was just a word, she had poisoned every letter with her treachery. She was no mother.
Mother's Day Writing Prompts-May2017-After agonizing years of waiting, her lost child had found their way home.
After agonizing years of waiting, her lost child had found their way home.

 

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Mystery Writing Prompts: May 2017

Mystery Writing Prompts

Happy Birthday, Mom!

This week’s writing prompts are from a favorite genre of my mom’s: Mystery. You will likely notice some Lovecraftian themes in these since I am reading the Gods of HP Lovecraft. I’m only on the third short story, but it is well done if any of you are interested in the works of Lovecraft. Anyhoo, the Brix and Gregor draft is coming right along. I’ll get it finished one of these days.

I hope you all enjoyed the guest writer’s Keeper of the Guardians this week. If anyone would like to be featured in a future post, let us know!

Mystery Writing Prompts-May2017-A single named breathed from the lips of every person.
A single named breathed from the lips of every person.
Mystery Writing Prompts-May2017-The door at the end of the hallway must never be opened.
“The door at the end of the hallway must never be opened.”
Mystery Writing Prompts-May2017-The frantic scribbles upon the scattered papers told the investigator a terrifying story.
The frantic scribbles upon the scattered papers told the investigator a terrifying story.
Mystery Writing Prompts-May2017-The shadow crept closer to the bedside lamp.
The shadow crept closer to the bedside lamp.

 

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Writing Prompts for Settings: April 2017

Writing Prompts for Settings

We’re back with new writing prompts! Sorry about last week. A wee virus snuck onto our computer and wouldn’t let us use our internet browser. Thankfully, with the advice of a more tech savvy friend, the little booger was taken care of and we’re back in business! This week, we offer three story starters that take care of the settings for you. Don’t forget to share your stories and artwork with us. We’ll be happy to share your hard work right here at the Hideaway!

As for what else I’m up to, the first draft is still taking up most of my writing time. And, honestly, I need to be devoting more time to that writing time. I fell out of my routine and I’m struggling to get it back together. Unless, by some miracle, I can write nearly five chapters today, the first draft for the Brix & Gregor novel will not be completed by the end of April. But the end is near. I said I wouldn’t do any flash fictions until it was done, but I will do my best to get a new segment of Saving Time ready by Friday. To be honest, I feel like the workplace inspired satire has kinda gotten away from me. Part of me just wants to drop it off as it is and move onto something more enjoyable to write, but I’ll try to pull together some kind of ending for Bobby.

Writing Prompts for Settings-Apr2017-This was her secret place. Anyone else who knew would die.
This was her secret place. Anyone else who knew would die.
Writing Prompts for Settings-Apr2017-In the garden grew the most beautiful flowers; and they were all poisonous.
In the garden grew the most beautiful flowers; and they were all poisonous.
Writing Prompts for Settings-Apr2017-By the early light of dawn, obscure shadows flickered between the looming parapets.
By the early light of dawn, obscure shadows flickered between the looming parapets.

 

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Fantasy Writing Prompts: Easter 2017

Fantasy Writing Prompts: Easter

It’s Easter weekend! A three day weekend filled with family, friends, and fantasy for Les and me. So we took some of the Easter traditions and put a fantasy spin on them for this week’s writing prompts!

I’m still determined to complete the Brix and Gregor draft by the end of the month. We’re at the halfway mark of the month and there are ten chapters remaining. I may have to postpone the next Saving Time for a week to really focus on ending the first draft. I’ll make the announcement by Tuesday if I decide to postpone.

Happy Easter and Happy Writing!

Fantasy Writing Prompts-Easter2017-Let the dragon egg hunt begin!
“Let the dragon egg hunt begin!”
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Easter2017-Once a year, the rarely seen Jackalope will venture out to lay its multicolored eggs.
Once a year, the rarely seen Jackalope will venture out to lay its multicolored eggs.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Easter2017-The children raised their weapons to slay the invading swarm of bloodthirsty bunnies.
The children raised their weapons to slay the invading swarm of bloodthirsty bunnies.

 

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Romance Writing Prompts: April 2017

Romance Writing Prompts

We’re back this week! And we are offering four new romantic writing prompts for your inspiration. It’s time to write your very own love story or add a romantic subplot to an ongoing story! Don’t forget to share your stories and artwork with us!

I have set myself the goal of finishing the Brix and Gregor first draft by the end of this month. I have eleven chapters remaining at the time of typing this. The story is going to need a lot of work. My excitement over the project has certainly waxed and waned to dramatic extremes. Once the draft is complete however, I plan to take a couple of weeks away from it before trying to make it readable. In that time, I will begin drafting a new story for Detective Peirson.

Romance Writing Prompts-Apr2017-Their love forbidden, they lived side by side as victims of a cruel fate.
Their love forbidden, they lived side by side as victims of a cruel fate.
Romance Writing Prompts-Apr2017-Her lips were petals of flame against the icy fingers of her lost love.
Her lips were petals of flame against the icy fingers of her lost love.
Romance Writing Prompts-Apr2017-He knew this was only a spell but the damage had been done; he was in love.
He knew this was only a spell but the damage had been done; he was in love.
Romance Writing Prompts-Apr2017-This love was so pure it would smolder within their hearts for all eternity.
This love was so pure it would smolder within their hearts for all eternity.

 

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Kids Writing Prompts: March 2017

Kids Writing Prompts

I feel as if I constantly repeat myself on these intro paragraphs. There’s only so many ways to set up our weekly prompts I suppose. This week’s writing prompts are for the younger audience, or at least the young at heart. Don’t forget to share your stories and artwork with us on Facebook and Twitter!

I wrote two chapters in the fantasy draft yesterday. Yes, the one about Brix and Gregor. My confidence in the project is waning, but I’m about halfway through my projected outline. That evil little voice of doubt is awfully loud lately. Pen to paper, however. I must write through the doubts. The chaos of the first draft can always be stitched together later. As you can imagine, Brix isn’t following the draft outline very well. She has a will all her own.

Kids Writing Prompts-Mar2017-The ginger cat introduced himself to the lost child.
The ginger cat introduced himself to the lost child.
Kids Writing Prompts-Mar2017-After several crashing attempts, the cardboard box began to fly.
After several crashing attempts, the cardboard box began to fly.
Kids Writing Prompts-Mar2017-This time the moon was following him home.
This time the moon was following him home.

 

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Fantasy Writing Prompts: March 2017

Fantasy Writing Prompts

This week will mark two years that I have been married to my best friend. Amazing, talented, beautiful, and eccentric. Les is the artist and editor of Holloway’s Hideaway and, as you could imagine, this site would not be remotely possible without her. Fantasy is an important aspect of our lives. We write, draw, play, and live in vast worlds of fantasy. Naturally, this week’s prompts are full of fantasy potential. These prompts are waiting for your story, so get to creating your own worlds and adventures!

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. Thank you for standing at my side while we make our fantasies a reality. I love you!

Fantasy Writing Prompts-Mar2017-Their skeletons danced in the moonlight.
Their skeletons danced in the moonlight.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Mar2017-Faceless eyes peered from darkened corners.
Faceless eyes peered from darkened corners.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Mar2017-The heat intensified as she accidently summoned her first fireball.
The heat intensified as she accidently summoned her first fireball.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Mar2017-The trees whisper a warning of the approaching forces.
The trees whisper a warning of the approaching forces.

 

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Dialogue Writing Prompts: March 2017

Dialogue Writing Prompts

I can’t take credit for the prompts this week. Les wrote all of these down while I was working on the new homepage yesterday. The easiest way to describe a character in a story is to let them do the talking. This week, we have four new dialogue prompts for you to start your very own story.

There isn’t much new to report in progress. I am continuing to add to the first draft of the Brix and Gregor story. Beyond that, we’re coming up with ideas for the new satire series, Saving Time, we are sharing for Flash Fiction Friday. I hope everyone is enjoying.

Dialogue Writing Prompts-Mar2017-Are you thinking what I'm thinking he asked the group telepathically.
“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” he asked the group, telepathically.
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Mar2017-I don't think of you as a protector. More like a distraction.
“I don’t think of you as a protector. More like a distraction.”
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Mar2017-No one tramples my daisies! the ogre growled.
“No one tramples my daisies!” the ogre growled.
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Mar2017-Where is Death when you need her
“Where is Death when you need her?”

 

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