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!
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.
Few things can peak someone’s interest in a new story like a good mystery. Something is amiss and answers are needed. Today, we provide you with three new story starters so you can begin your own mystery! Please share your inspired stories and artwork with us!
I feel like mystery will likely be my go to in the future for my stories. They are so much fun to work on. You start by knowing all of the answers and working your way backwards, taking away pieces of information and placing a bread trail in reverse for the readers. I thoroughly enjoyed Red Herring and the messages each week asking if so-and-so did or didn’t do it.
I will be starting chapter 9 (of 31) in my Brix and Gregor fantasy adventure today. I’m trying my best to focus on just one of the big projects at a time. Other slated novels include an origin story for Aelfric (from “The Book” and “Survivor” storylines), a new case for Detective Peirson, a science fiction mystery/thriller inspired by our flash fiction “The Ceasefire”, and a paranormal mystery in a small fishing town (Sorry, Krystal. That story has been especially trying for some reason. Some day, I promise, that one will be written.).
It’s time to revisit our newest category of writing prompts! It’s never too early (or late) to embrace creativity. Although I tend to create darker content, it is good practice to take a step back and enjoy some light-hearted content. Below, you will find three new writing prompts that are perfect for all ages. It’s time to start your story!
On a note of our other content, I have to apologize for the lack of a new flash fiction last week. I had intended to only take one week off after Red Herring, but it quickly became two while I was focusing on my rough draft. I have begun some work for a new flash fiction. It could easily be a series–that will depend on the feedback I receive from you all. I’m going for satire, a new style for me, so any and all feedback you can offer will certainly be appreciated.
As always, you can share feedback as well as any stories and artwork you create based on our stuff in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Also follow us on Pinterest and Twitter (we don’t post often but we try to keep it updated)!
It’s the time of year where reality catches up to us. Tax season. I filed ours this morning and I certainly need some fantasy to escape to. With Two Steps From Hell playing, I put together three new fantasy prompts for you to use in your own fantasy escape.
Late last night [about 8:30], I started chapter six of the untitled Brix and Gregor draft. It’s slowly coming together. I am completely unsure what will be featured on this next Flash Fiction Friday. Is there anything you would like to see? I have way too many ideas going at one time. Perhaps I’ll use one of the prompts below?
As you may have realized by now, Leslie and I aren’t big on the mushy side of romance. Our idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day is raiding the marked down chocolate on the 15th of February. That inspired the first of this week’s writing prompts. If you’re looking for the sappy love story, these probably are not the writing prompts for you. Or maybe they are. After all, it is your story. And please share those stories with us. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
I would like to remind you that I’m taking this week off of flash fiction so I can get everything sorted out after the ten part series of Red Herring. I really hope you enjoyed it. Detective Peirson will see more cases in the future. Hopefully in a longer format than flash fiction. I’m currently in Chapter 3 of the first draft for a story containing Brix and Gregor that I’m pretty excited about.
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With Red Herring nearing its conclusion, we’re going to have to work on some ideas for a new mystery. I still have a full length murder mystery sitting on one of my back burners. I frequently catch it staring at me in a hellishly judgmental fashion. Currently, I am focused on a fantasy story, with familiar characters to our readers, that has a completed outline and a freshly started first draft. One of these days, I’ll manage to finish one of the writing projects I have started.
Below, you will find three story starters to help you with your own mysterious story. Let us know what kind of prompts and stories you enjoy most! And, as always, don’t forget to share your stories with us!
The easiest way to describe a character is to let the character tell the reader everything they need to know. Dialogue is crucial to any story. This week, you will find four lines of dialogue to help get your story started. Two of these have been used among my flash fictions. Do you remember which ones? You can click the links in the captions to find out or you can have the opportunity to read the stories if you’re new to our site!
Let us know what you think and what you would like to see more of in the future! Please share your stories with us @hollhideaway or in the comments below!
We received feedback from Pinterest that writing prompts were really helpful in sparking the creative imaginations of children. One woman said she uses writing prompts as her new “kill time while waiting for our food at restaurants” game. After reading that, we felt a little guilty that most of our prompts are more easily set to darker stories. So, Sarah, I hope these five writing prompts are better suited to your daughters, and a younger audience in general.
We will try to provide more child friendly story starters once a month, in hopes that more creative games can be played. Please share your stories with us. We really do appreciate any and all feedback that our readers can provide!