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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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Mystery Writing Prompts: March 2017

Mystery Writing Prompts

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.).

Mystery Writing Prompts-Mar2017-Everything was dying, except the humans.
Everything was dying, except the humans.
Mystery Writing Prompts-Mar2017-The chill crept further up my spine as the flashlight revealed a sea of bones as far as I could see.
The chill crept further up my spine as the flashlight revealed a sea of bones as far as I could see.
Mystery Writing Prompts-Mar2017-They were known as The Faceless and they knew everything.
They were known as The Faceless and they knew everything.

 

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Kids Writing Prompts: February 2017

Kids Writing Prompts

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)!

Kids Writing Prompts-Feb2017-Her life changed when she learned the monsters were protecting her.
Her life changed when she learned the monsters were protecting her.
Kids Writing Prompts-Feb2017-The fallen tree limb transformed into a gleaming sword.
The fallen tree limb transformed into a gleaming sword.
Kids Writing Prompts-Feb2017-The large egg cracked open and the creature within looked around the room.
The large egg cracked open and the creature within looked around the room.

 

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Fantasy Writing Prompts: February 2017

Fantasy Writing Prompts

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?

Fantasy Writing Prompts-Feb2017-The king stumbled from his throne and collapsed to the floor of the empty chamber.
The king stumbled from his throne and collapsed to the floor of the empty chamber.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Feb2017-Two thousand warriors drew their swords for a war they would not win.
Two thousand warriors drew their swords for a war they would not win.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Feb2017-The dragon graciously welcomed the guest to its kingdom.
The dragon graciously welcomed the guest to its kingdom.

 

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Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts: February 2017

Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts

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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Valentine's Day Writing Prompts-Feb2017-They were content in sharing the last box of chocolate from the post-Valentine's Day sale.
They were content in sharing the last box of chocolate from the post-Valentine’s Day sale.
Valentine's Day Writing Prompts-Feb2017-She smirked as she tossed another pink teddy bear into the roaring flames.
She smirked as she tossed another pink teddy bear into the roaring flames.
Valentine's Day Writing Prompts-Feb2017-A widower awoke to a message in blood upon his wall. I love you. Always.
A widower awoke to a message in blood upon his wall. “I love you. Always.”
Valentine's Day Writing Prompts-Feb2017-A single rose with a letter attached hung from the door. The letter simply stated, See you at 800.
A single rose with a letter attached hung from the door. The letter simply stated, “See you at 800.”

 

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Writing Prompts for Settings: February 2017

Writing Prompts for Settings

The characters are already in costume and practicing their lines. But is the stage set? Here are three story starters to kick off the setting to your next story!

Do any of these sound interesting enough to you for a new flash fiction (single or series) from us here at the Hideaway? Let us know what kind of stories you like to read.

Setting Prompts-Feb2017-The impressive collection must have taken centuries to put together.
The impressive collection must have taken centuries to put together.
Setting Prompts-Feb2017-Ominous shadows danced over the smoldering ruins of the academy.
Ominous shadows danced over the smoldering ruins of the academy.
Setting Prompts-Feb2017-The snow draped corridors carried the echoes of approaching footsteps.
The snow draped corridors carried the echoes of approaching footsteps.

 

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Mystery Writing Prompts: January 2017

Mystery Writing Prompts

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!

Mystery Writing Prompts-Jan2017-The barrel of the gun was still smoking when the officer secured the scene.
The barrel of the gun was still smoking when the officer secured the scene.
Mystery Writing Prompts-Jan2017-A cold breeze drifted through the splintered door hanging loosely from its frame.
A cold breeze drifted through the splintered door hanging loosely from its frame.
Mystery Writing Prompts-Jan2017-Broken glass and paperwork littered the floor of the Queen's study.
Broken glass and paperwork littered the floor of the Queen’s study.

 

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Dialogue Writing Prompts: January 2017

Dialogue Writing Prompts

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!

Dialogue Writing Prompts-Jan2017-"You said turn right. Now there's no path."
“You said turn right. Now there’s no path.”
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Jan2017-"I had almost thought you were going to give up, lad."
“I had almost thought you were going to give up, lad.”
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Jan2017-"Why can't we ever catch the killer with the knife in their hands?"
“Why can’t we ever catch the killer with the knife in their hands?”
Dialogue Writing Prompts-Jan2017-"You know we're not all born with the ability to throw fireballs, right?"
“You know we’re not all born with the ability to throw fireballs, right?”

 

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Kids Writing Prompts: January 2017

Kids Writing Prompts: January 2017

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!

Kids Writing Prompts-Jan2017-When she opened her eyes, her birthday wish came true.
When she opened her eyes, her birthday wish came true.
Kids Writing Prompts-Jan2017-This time, it was the princess's turn to rescue her dragon.
This time, it was the princess’s turn to rescue her dragon.
Kids Writing Prompts-Jan2017-These vegetables came from a special garden and gave anyone who ate them magical powers.
These vegetables came from a special garden and gave anyone who ate them magical powers.
Kids Writing Prompts-Jan2017-Sky giants jumped up and down on the storm clouds, throwing lightning bolts into the air.
Sky giants jumped up and down on the storm clouds, throwing lightning bolts into the air.
Kid's Writing Prompts-Jan2017-And that's what happens when you're raised by pirates.
And that’s what happens when you’re raised by pirates.

 

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