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Random Writing Prompts: July 2017

Random Writing Prompts

Elements

This week’s writing prompts are inspired by our most recent viewing habits. We have completed all of The Last Airbender and are currently on season three of The Legend of Korra. Below, you will find a writing prompt for each of the four elements the Avatar is capable of bending!

Updates! The bathroom project has been placed on a slight hold. We have been going through all of our possessions and sorting them into two piles: staying and going. Soon, the going pile – which has consumed a shed and our dining room – will be moved to the front yard to be sold and/or given away to whatever strangers show up.

As for the writings, the first three chapters of the Brix & Gregor novel are now typed into Scrivener! Maybe I can finish that thing one of these days. I wrote a story in the form of a poem for last weeks Flash Fiction. Is that something you would like to see more of or should I stick to the more standard prose? Let us know what you like and want more of! And don’t forget to share your stories and artwork with us!

Random Writing Prompts-Jul2017-The ground rumbled beneath the city, like a starving creature ready to feast.
The ground rumbled beneath the city, like a starving creature ready to feast.
Random Writing Prompts-Jul2017-Crackling sparks unveiled the mysteries lurking within the dense forest.
Crackling sparks unveiled the mysteries lurking within the dense forest.
Random Writing Prompts-Jul2017-Debris swirled around her as she lifted into the eye of the storm.
Debris swirled around her as she lifted into the eye of the storm.
Random Writing Prompts-July2017-The foaming waves bashed against the fugitive’s vessel.
The foaming waves bashed against the fugitive’s vessel.

 

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Tipsy Scribbles

Void – A Flash Fiction

The Staff of Sáwdor (D&D Item)

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Fantasy Writing Prompts: July 2017

Fantasy Writing Prompts

A bit late on the upload this morning. I was watching the Wimbledon Final and eagerly awaiting the announcement of the next Doctor. Spoilers are everywhere, but I won’t share them here. Just in case you’re somehow viewing this while hiding from the new information. But, we’re excited.

Anyway, if you’re a frequent visitor of our content, you know we are undergoing several projects this summer. You can catch up on some of them by reading Les’s Tipsy Scribbles post from a couple of weeks ago. As for updates: the shower is now tile-less, but the divider wall is still up. We’ve had to add a beach umbrella to our garden. Our poor Japanese maple saproling is struggling with too much sun exposure. The purging of unnecessary clutter in our house continues and a yard sale is inevitable.

When reality becomes too much, it is common to find comfort in the worlds of fantasy. Therefore, we offer up three new fantasy writing prompts to start your very own story. These can also offer up new plot directions for your favorite roleplaying game. As always, we would love to see your stories and artwork. You can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jul17-The silence of the forest was terrifying.
The silence of the forest was terrifying.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jul17-The ocean breeze swept the figure's ragged cloak.
The ocean breeze swept the figure’s ragged cloak.
Fantasy Writing Prompts-Jul17-The golden pedestal stood empty. The kingdom's most infamous weapon had been stolen.
The golden pedestal stood empty. The kingdom’s most infamous weapon had been stolen.

 

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Tipsy Scribbles

Void – A Flash Fiction

Premade D&D Character: Elf Wizard

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Kids Writing Prompts: July 2017

Kids Writing Prompts

To start off the month of July and the holiday weekend, we make a return to our child friendly writing prompts! A talking animal, a princess with treasure, and a road trip to space are what awaits you this week. Have your children tell you a story or create your own story to tell your children. Either way, share them with us!

As for the update, Brix and Gregor are being added to Scrivener and I’m fixing a little here and there as I go. Now that I’m getting the hang of Scrivener, I plan to start writing from the beginning on the program. I’m most comfortable writing on paper by hand, but the program makes it so easy to start from scratch. Which would eliminate the current step of typing up the first draft. It’s a constant learning experience. Speaking of which, I’m reading up on screenplay writing and will begin working on Bayview soon. And a heads up: Flash Fiction Friday will feature an all new story this week!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Kids Writing Prompts-Jul17-The cat began to explain the escape plan.
The cat began to explain the escape plan.
Kids Writing Prompts-Jul17-The family vacation to the beach turned into an adventure through space.
The family vacation to the beach turned into an adventure through space.
Kids Writing Prompts-Jul17-The princess heard rumor of the magical item hidden in the treasure room.
The princess heard rumor of the magical item hidden in the treasure room.

 

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Tipsy Scribbles

The Blacksmith – A Flash Fiction

Premade D&D Character: Dwarven Cleric

Romance Writing Prompts

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Character Writing Prompts: June 2017

Character Writing Prompts

This week, Les recommended we try something new. We have done several writing prompts for settings in which you could place your characters. But what if I don’t have any characters? you may be asking.  Worry not, for we have you covered with three unique characters this week. Perhaps in your story these three know each other? Let us know! We look forward to reading your stories. If you’re more art inclined then please share your artwork with us!

I have finally got back into the rhythm of writing every day, at least for the last three or four days anyway. I have a main idea worked out for Detective Peirson’s first novel length case. Yesterday, I had an unrelated scene stuck in my head. 1100 words later, I realized that it could be a fitting introduction to a major character in the world first introduced in our flash fiction, The Ceasefire. I have also been wanting to expand on the story told in Bayview, and I believe I have decided on the format. Screenplay. Something completely new and frankly terrifying to me. So, would any of you be interested in reading or eventually (fingers and toes crossed) watching Bayview?

Character Writing Prompts-June17-The skin on his hands were smudged black with ink and charcoal, as were his tattered clothes.
The skin on his hands were smudged black with ink and charcoal, as were his tattered clothes.
Character Writing Prompts-Jun17-She preened the brilliant feathers of her neck and breasts, ridding them of any traces of blood from her seafaring victim.
She preened the brilliant feathers of her neck and breasts, ridding them of any traces of blood from her seafaring victim.
Character Writing Prompts-Jun17-Her unruly, dark curls framed her piercing jade eyes as she traced the lines of my palm in the smoky room.
Her unruly, dark curls framed her piercing jade eyes as she traced the lines of my palm in the smoky room.

 

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Tipsy Scribbles

Haunted House – A Flash Fiction

Three Day Weekend Comic

Romance Writing Prompts

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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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The Ceasefire – A Flash Fiction

Tipsy Scribbles

Sword of Unquenchable Thirst

Grown-Up Goggles Comic

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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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Tipsy Scribbles

Premade D&D Character: Dwarven Cleric

Writing Prompts for Settings

The Ceasefire – A Flash Fiction

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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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Tipsy Scribbles

Forgiveness – A Flash Fiction

Mother’s Day Comic

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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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Red Herring – A Flash Fiction Series

The Surprise Party: A D&D Narrative

How To Comic: Make a Doctor Appointment

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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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The Ceasefire – A Flash Fiction

Tipsy Scribbles

How To Comic: Mow the Lawn

Premade D&D Character: Elf Wizard

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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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Easter Themed Dungeons & Dragons

The Survivor – A Flash Fiction

Tipsy Scribbles: Coloring Pages

Three Day Weekend Comic

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