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  1. Well, January is flying by and we've made it to another Friday. That means new prompts! Prompt 810 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - a blanket, a stuffed toy, a pair of shorts, a glass of water, and a sudden storm. Prompt 811 - Creative Tag - Choices With every wish comes a choice and with every decision the fear of what if. Unfortunately, in just three days you've been given three choices and no easy way to decide. Your job just offered you the opportunity of a lifetime, only you'd have less than a week and would be moving nearly around the world to do the one thing you've dreamed of your whole life. Before you could even begin to think about that, your lover of three years has proposed and wants you to move with him halfway across the country. Shocked and wanting guidance, you head home only to be offered the chance to take over the family business and learn everything from your grandfather before he succumbs to cancer. What do you choose and why? So those are the prompts for this week. Does either appeal to you? If so write then add it to the prompt forum. "Til next time. Remember to read, write, comment, and like.
  2. Hello and welcome to another attempt to get you to write and share your prompt stories. Prompts are usually short tales. However, over the years a prompt has inspired an author and multi chapter stories or novels have happened. They have been used as the start of chapters and as a way to reintroduce old characters into new settings. In plain English, prompts are there to inspire you to think or write in new ways. Don't be afraid to try one. Here are two new prompts to get you writing. Prompt 790 - Creative Tag - List of words Use the following words in a story - a pumpkin, an apple orchard, a bottle of wine, a picnic basket, and a horse. Prompt 791 - Creative Tag - The Curse You pissed of the old lady when she asked you to help load her overloaded grocery cart into her car. Her eyes narrowed as you politely refused due to the fact you were already late for work. You realize that stopping to pick up boxes of tea and coffee would have been much easier last night when you had more time. As you turned to go to your car you crashed into a very handsome young man, knocking him to the floor. Feeling clumsy you help him up as the old lady screams at you. "Don't help me, knock my grandson down. You're a foul, lazy, and stupid young man. I curse you!" There is a crash of lightning and your whole world changes. Were you really cursed or what happened? So hopefully we will have some prompt stories to share next week. Until then, remember to read, write, review, and like. Be safe.
  3. October is flying by and we are nearly at the end. So just Halloween, Samhain, and then the day of the dead or All Hallows Day left. Maybe these prompts will help with the mood and get you writing? Prompt 794 - Creative Tag - Dia de Muertos Working late on Halloween was not what you had planned on doing, but your boss had you and your department manager, Joseph Torres, stay to finish up. Joseph wanted to get home so he could help his wife prepare for a trip to the cemetery. He explained how his family celebrated Dia de Muertos and would be visiting the graves of his loved ones, leaving candy skulls and sharing memories of those they had lost. Having missed the fun of Halloween, you decided that you would visit the graves of the ones you had loved most. However, you never expected to see or experience what you did. What happened? Prompt 795 - Creative Tag - List of words Use the following words in a story - a bat, a full moon, a dirty hat, a squeaky step, and a police car. Does either appeal to you? If you write one link it in the prompt forum! Until next time read, write, comment, and like. Stay well.
  4. The year just keeps flying. I'm already looking ahead to Thanksgiving, mainly because I work in retail. So the prompts reflect that. Prompt 798 - Creative Tag - First Line "So are we inviting friends or making it a family holiday?" Prompt 799 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - a fat turkey, a long table, a parade, a winter coat, and an apple pie. So while no one did last week's prompts we did have someone do prompt 786. Take a look at @Jason Rimbaud's story. It can be found here - https://gayauthors.org/story/jason-rimbaud/story-prompts-articles-and-ramblings/4. Leave him some likes and comments. 'Til next week, remember to read, write, comment, and like. Stay well.
  5. Here you come again, just when I was set for another weekend of writing. Friday has arrived, so prompts are ready too. I have a few friends with birthdays coming up and it has influenced the offerings this week. Prompt 802 - Creative Tag - First Line "So, what did you buy me?" Prompt 803 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - A balloon, a birthday cake, an empty room, a single card, a calico cat. Maybe one of these appeals to you. We have had some prompts getting attention. Prompt 801 was done by @Headstall - Prompt 784 was done as well - https://gayauthors.org/story/comicfan/apromptaweek/54 Remember if you do decide to do one of the prompts to place a link in the prompt forum. Until next time remember to read, write, comment, and like. Stay well.
  6. Well I'm off to recover from eye surgery, but I still have prompts for all of you. Let's see if any of these tempt you into writing. Prompt 784 - Creative Tag - Neko You were busy tracking the crime ring that was trafficking in exotic animals. Finally having enough evidence, you and your team swarm in to arrest the crooks and save the animals. You never expected to find a beaten and half starved person in a cage. It isn't until you finally pull the semi-conscious person out you spot the tail and ears. These criminals had a Neko in their possession. While the rest of the animals are taken to local vets or zoos, a private doctor checks out the Neko. Because he isn't classified as a human or an animal, your superior simply puts you in charge of him. What happens? Prompt 785 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - a muddy foot print, an old castle, a blue shirt, a library book, and a foul odor. Well, there were no takers last week. Maybe one of these will appeal to a writer. Until next time. Remember to read, write, comment, and like. Stay safe and well.
  7. Another week is over and it's my turn to torment, um, I mean offer you some inspiration. Yes, ladies and gentleman I have new prompts for you. Prompt 776 - Creative Tag - First Line "I need to, um, tell you something. Okay?" Prompt 777 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - A full moon, a cracked window, an old letter, a skateboard, and a stuffed toy. Those are my offerings to you this week. Luckily, there were some brave souls who took up last week's challenges. @aditus took a shot at Prompt 774 - https://gayauthors.org/story/aditus/prickly-prompts/6 @Ivor Slipper took a shot at Prompt 775 - https://gayauthors.org/story/ivor-slipper/no-anchovies/1 Go give them a read and comment. Hopefully, you found something to intrigue you and encourage you to write. Next week maybe it will be your prompt piece we feature. Until then remember to read, write, like, and comment. Be well.
  8. Wow. This week has been crazy, but we made it to another Friday. You know what that means? No, not a night out and no work tomorrow! It means I have prompts for you. Prompt 774 - Creative Tag - Doppelganger It has been a long week and you decide to treat yourself to a nice meal. You spot this nice restaurant as you go home and decide to give it a shot. As you walk in the door the loud noise in the place becomes suddenly silent. You pause as you fear the place might be in the midst of a robbery. You notice everyone shooting glances at you and then toward the back of the place. Wondering what could be going on you follow their glances and find … yourself? Only your doppelganger seems completely different somehow. What happens when you meet? Prompt 775 - Creative Tag - List of Words Use the following words in a story - a pair of glasses, a torn tee shirt, a cup of coffee, a crying child, and a slice of pizza. So do they give you any ideas? Please feel free to share your stories on the prompt page. Until next time. Remember to read, write, like, and comment.
  9. Hello. Sorry everyone, sort of an issue on my end but finally getting the prompts out. As the saying goes, better late than never. Hopefully, one will catch your fancy. Prompt 764 - Creative Tag - First Line The tears were still falling as he grasped the doorframe watching the dark figure disappear into the rain. Prompt 765 - Creative Tag - List of words Use the following words in a story - a boat, a statue, a flock of seagulls, a rain coat, and a blue blanket. So did you find a prompt you enjoyed? Please share your tale below. Remember to read, write, comment, and like. Until next time.
  10. comicfan

    Prompt 758 and 759

    Welcome back. I can't believe we have reached another Friday. While racing to finish your anthology story you might find time for one of these prompts. Prompt 758 – Creative Tag – The Garden The new house next door always seems empty but an incredible garden seems to be growing in the backyard. One day your curiosity gets the better of you, you open the side gate, pass through the mushroom circle, and begin to follow some stepping stones that lead to a path. As you walk through the path you see rolling hills, castles, and even swear that a unicorn was standing at the edge of the forest. The problem is you live at the edge of the city and there are no hills, never mind there being castles anywhere close. What happened when you entered the garden? Prompt 759 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a troll, a sleeping kitten, a pair of handcuffs, a notebook, and an ugly painting. If one of them appeals to you please feel free to share it on the prompt page. We did have someone write, although it was on an older prompt.. Check out this little gem by BHopper2 - https://gayauthors.org/story/bhopper2/my-shorts-2019/3 Remember to read, write, comment, and like. 'Til next time, be safe and happy.
  11. Ah, another Friday has arrived! So has more rain and my grass is getting to be ridiculously high. That isn't a lawn as much as a rapidly growing jungle. Hopefully this weekend the sun comes out so I can cut it down. If not, well, I can always curl up and write something. Speaking of writing it is time for some new prompts. Hopefully, I can tempt someone into writing something based off of this week's offers. Prompt 754 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – Amazons, an old church, a shredded shirt, an iron gate, and an ancient tome. Prompt 755 – Creative Tag – First Line Blood gushed from the place where his finger had been torn off, but he didn’t seem to notice as he stumbled toward the body on the floor. Maybe one of these will tickle your interest. If you did write something based off a prompt feel free to share the link below. Remember short stories should be part of a collection. Until next time please read, write, and comment!
  12. The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and the grass is growing. So it is safe to say Happy Allergy Season! I mean spring, right, happy spring. Oh well. If between your yard cleaning, house cleaning, and life, in general, you might find time to write then I have some new prompts to tempt you with. Prompt 748 – Creative Tag – The Ring As you finished your final task at work, your retirement lay moments away. A knock at the office door found you staring at a strange man who stomped over and dropped an envelope on your desk. “All yours, bud,” he grumbled and left. Inside the envelope was a ring and instructions telling you to wear it and prepare for a major change. What do you do? Prompt 749 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a striped umbrella, a blue bicycle, an Egyptian statue, a murder of crows, and a small coin. As with any prompt story, it should be part of a larger collection. Did you write a response to one from last week? If you did feel free to share the address for it below. There was one prompt story, and that was Tim taking a stab at an old prompt. https://gayauthors.org/story/timothy-m/timothysterriblepromptstories/65 Remember to read, write, and comment. 'Til next time, be safe and enjoy life.
  13. Spring is here! Or it is supposed to be in the Northern Hemisphere. So is it inspiring you or do you need a little help? If you need help, might I suggest some new prompts? Prompt 744 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a sea shell, a blue blanket, a snowman, a caution sign, and a bench. Prompt 745 – Creative Tag – First Line “I’m so tired of always being the one to apologize.” If you wrote a prompt story feel free to add the connection to it below. Enjoy! Remember to read, write, and comment.
  14. I think there can be some great spooky stories to come from these prompts. A party hat, crime scene tape? A costume party gone wrong? Or just what might you see when you're tired and passing by... well, what can you come up with? Let's see some creativity! Prompt 708 – Challenge Tag – Description Create a scene where the main character is exhausted. Make it clear to any reader how tired the character is. However, you may not use the words tired, exhausted, sleepy, or worn out. Prompt 709 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – a party hat, crime scene tape, a diamond earring, a puppy, and a book. Did you write a flash piece? Post a link in the comments!
  15. September has nearly fled, October is fast approaching, and the Extreme Halloween flash fiction stories are due. Did you write a prompt piece for that event? We're going to share it in the newsletter and more, so make sure you get that flash piece posted! If you didn't, maybe you can write something for these prompts, provided by GA's very own prompt guru, Comicfan! Prompt 704 – Creative Tag – New Home You’ve bought a home that is over a hundred years old, but looks like brand new. You meet the previous owner to take the keys and are informed there is one small detail that must be done daily. They inform you, that no matter what else happens, make sure to leave a fresh bowl of cream on the kitchen counter every night. They stress this must be done for your own sake and leave. What does this mean? Do you follow the directions? Prompt 705 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – a lab report, a smashed vial, a pink shirt, a wrist watch, and a cell phone. If you write a flash piece in the last week, make sure you share a link in the comments below!
  16. Flash fiction is a great way to help keep your inspiration juices flowing, especially if you're blocked on a long writing piece. Or you can use it to explore different writing techniques. Either way, just make sure you give it a try and pressure your author friends to try it too. In this case, peer pressure is a good thing, lol! Seriously, expand your repertoire and try your hand at something new if you haven't done it before. Or have some fun if you have but aren't really using it to push your skills in new directions. These prompts might be about ordinary things, but let's see what you can do with.... Prompt 702 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – text books, new sneakers, a bus, a cup of coffee, and a ripped bag. Prompt 703 – Creative Tag – First Line “Is that a baby crying?” Did you write a flash fiction story last week? Make sure you share a link below.
  17. Happy Friday, blog followers! Time for some flash fiction and for some weekend fun. Hopefully fun, at least. If you have to work the weekend, maybe you can write a short story for a character to have the fun you can't inspired by one of the following prompts provided by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Who doesn't enjoy a good death threat? Prompt 688 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following in a story – a nest, a spider, a snake, a bottle of wine, and a motorbike. Prompt 689 – Creative Tag – First Line If you die on me, I’ll never forgive you. Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  18. Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 604 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – a coach, a white stallion, a gold ring, a cat, and a pickle. Prompt 605 – Creative Tag – The Change Pat laughed as Barbara complained about her boyfriend and her period being late. Barbara was just a normal girl, unlike Pat. Pat was one of a growing number of people afflicted with the change. Every seven days their body completely morphed into the opposite sex. Both sexes lived independently of each other, and could even be gay and straight, bisexual, or even transgendered. What is Pat like? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  19. Hope everyone has had a great week so far. It's time for this weeks writing prompts. If you're stuck, or you're considering writing for the first time, these might be perfect for you. Don't forget that stories under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 600 – Creative Tag – List of words Use the following words in a story – a bloody hand print, a bullet casing, a pink hair ribbon, a pizza, and a diamond cufflink. Prompt 601 -Creative Tag – Stone life There was an asteroid that struck the ocean with such force, tidal waves struck from the tip of Brazil to Alaska, from Russia to New Zealand, and Antarctica. The next day hundreds of volcanoes woke and began to spew lava. Then large rock figures began walking the earth, coming from the volcanoes. What are these stone figures and what do they want? Did you write a prompt response last week? Don't forget to share it below.
  20. Sorry this is late. Totally spaced it being a Friday and that I needed to check and see if the prompts were posted. Whoops! These prompts were supplied by our prompt guru, Comicfan. Just a reminder, and for those who haven't worked with the prompts before: prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Hopefully you'll find something in this weeks prompts to spark an idea and get you writing! Prompt 586 – Creative Tag – First Line Where are you planning to get the money for that vacation? Prompt 587 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story - a kilt, a coat rack, a video game, a flower, and a cat Jason Rimbaud - Prompt 584 Creative "List of Words" I gave myself five minutes to use the following words in this weeks prompt. Use these words; lunch box, wooden table, a white horse, menu, and a needle. I put my lunch box on the wooden picnic table and stared at the days lunch menu all the other kids were enjoying at Rex Harrison Middle School. It wasn’t that we were poor, it was just normal in my family that I wear my older brothers clothes after he outgrew them. That’s why I was adept with needle and thread. Everyone around me was laughing and joking with friends. For once the entire class was ignoring me. I pushed the menu away and opened my lunch box and removed my cheese sandwich. As I absently bite into the stale bread, I opened my notebook and looked at the doodle that happened in last period. I don’t care what the teacher thinks, it was a white horse, not a zebra.
  21. Let's keep the prompt love going with some new inspiration this week from prompt guru, Comicfan, and have fun with these two options! What could a pink umbrella and a classic car have in common? Or are you more inclined to roam the wilds of space in a desperate expedition? Read on, figure it out, and share your story with readers! Prompt 580 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – swimsuit, pink umbrella, a gumball, a classic car, and a cell phone. Prompt 581 – Creative Tag – The Ship You have been chosen to take part in a very exclusive expedition into space. Years of ignoring the climate change and massive over population has brought the earth to the brink of collapse and the world is sending some of its best and brightest into space in hopes of finding a new home. The ship trained for the trip. The trip is expected to take a minimum of forty years. Who do you take as your mate and what is the training like? Let's see... today's prompt features responses to Prompt #579 "How can you be so sure?" Want to know how Eric answers that question? Read more here!
  22. Writing Prompts from Cia... wait... no... Of course these are from our prompt guru, Comicfan! I'm just filling in for Renee, but I swear I thought it was Thursday so these are just a smidge late. Sorry about that. I hope you will have fun writing something for these prompts, though, and for first-timers, remember all responses under 1k must be posted as part of a 'collection' of short stories/flash fiction/poetry. More info on that in the FAQ through the Help tab you need it. Prompt 578 – Creative Tag – list of words Use the following words in a story – woods, a crow, a pair of glasses, a new ball, and a cookie. Prompt 579 - Creative Tag – First Line How can you be so sure? And this older prompt has garnered some newer responses, so I thought I'd feature them all
  23. It's time for new prompts! You were probably beginning to think they were never going to go up, but here they are! And guess what! We also have a new poetry prompt in the forums. Have you checked it out? If not, don't worry, we've included it to make things easier for you. Don't forget, prompt responses under 1,000 words must be posted as part of a collection. Prompt 490 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story : A man’s ring, a dish rag, a pillow, a snake, and a ticket. Prompt 491 – Creative Tag – The Find You and your best friend have gone out shopping for a surprise gift. You wander into this cute boutique and discover what you feel is the perfect gift. What was the find? Poetry Prompt #19 - Lullaby The prompt: Write lyrics to accompany George Gershwin's piano version of his composition, Lullaby. On the video, the place to begin setting the words occurs at minute 0:27. Choose any metre and rhyme scheme you think appropriate. You also decide if you want to write a song about sleep, or a song to put someone to sleep. You can read more about it, here. Now, I decided for this weeks prompt responses, we're going to look at the Poetry Prompt #18:
  24. Who's ready for a couple of new prompts? Can't believe it's already the last Prompt Me for March. This year just seems to be flying by. Remember, if your prompt response is less than 1,000 words, it can be posted in GA Stories as long as it's part of a collection. Now, let's see what comicfan has for you this week. Prompt 486 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story : tulips, broken mirror, torn jeans, cup of coffee, and an apple. Prompt 487 – Creative Tag – The Doctor You haven’t been feeling well lately, so you went to see your doctor. After sending you for tests he calls and tells you he needs to see you immediately. What did your doctor have to tell you? ~~~~~~~~~ AC Benus has also started a new prompt series. The O. Henry Short Story Prompts. And he just posted the first one. Let's see what he has for us! O. Henry Short Story Prompt 1 – The Green Door Write your own short story based on this scenario, and what adventure waits behind "The Green Door." If you want to know what O. Henry's 'twist' is, PM me and I will tell you. Otherwise, try to devise your own. Now, for our featured prompt response, let's take a look at the offerings from Prompt #484 Continue>> Continue>> Continue>>
  25. Who's missed the weekly prompts? It's been a few weeks since we posted some new prompts to help spark some ideas, but they're back. Not only do we have two new prompts for you, but for those that missed it, we also have the new poetry prompt for you! Don't forget that anything under 1000 words needs to be in a collection and that authors are allowed 5 different collections without Admin approval. Prompt 478 – Creative Tag – List of Words Use the following words in a story – roses, bacon, a frog, balloons, and new sneakers. Prompt 479 – Creative Tag – Wishes You and two of your close friends joke about what would make the perfect date. Each of you list five things that are absolutely necessary to make the perfect person. You read the list of items and wish you could find one person who encompassed them all. The following day the three of you go for coffee and spot someone who seems to be created out of your list of requirements from the night before. Who is this mystery person and is he there to fulfill your wishes or make your lives a nightmare? Poetry Prompt 18 – Rubaiyat write one four-lined Khayyám-style Rubaiyat on the theme of 'your muse' (with or without references to drink and pretty boys ). In addition, write one multi-stanza Interlocking Rubaiyat based on the sights and feelings stirred in you by watching Ambrose Bierce's short story, . Use the consistent line lengths you think are best for the individual poems, and follow the basic rhyme patterns for the two types of Rubaiyat. For our featured prompt response today, I'm using Aditus' response to Poetry Prompt #17: You can read the rest, here.
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