Writing Prompts

Novel Kicks Writing Room: Fairytale Reimagined

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday in the writing room, I thought it would be fun to write a fairy tale. 

We all know the classics; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty etc.

Writing no more than 1,500 words, pick a fairytale and put it into a modern setting.

You can merge a couple if you like.

For example, what if Cinderella worked for a cleaning company and had a lazy manager who was horrible. Sleeping Beauty worked in the city but couldn’t stop falling asleep in important meetings? Rapunzel has a fear of heights.

Have fun.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Five Random Sentences

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday’s exercise is writing a story. 

Today, I thought it would be fun to take five sentences and put them together into a story. Overall, try to make the piece 1,500 words and spread these out across the whole thing.

The five sentences are:

. He would believe me. I would make sure of it. 

. The pineapples in my grandmother’s house had a mind of their own. 

. Is it just me or did the cat just speak to me. 

. I was getting really tired of this rush hour traffic. 

. Ben knew that robbing the bank was a risk but one he needed to take. 

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Spooky Times

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayIt’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction. 

Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Halloween is just around the corner and so the prompt is spooky themed. 

Imagine you are a ghost in a haunted house. You are scared of everything and anything.

It’s 31st October. This is your least favourite day. This is the day people won’t leave you alone.

Write a conversation between the ghost and someone who is trick or treating.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: From The First To The Last

Novel Kicks Writing RoomWhen you first decide to write a book, we are told that beginnings and endings are important but how you get from one to the other is what keeps a reader interested.

For today’s exercise, use the following line to start (or use one from one of your favourite novels.)

“From the beginning, she was in love with him.”

Write it at the top of the page.

Then, write the following last line at the bottom of the page;

“She couldn’t move. She just continued to hold the knife.”

(Again, feel free to use an ending from a favourite novel as long as it’s different to the one the first line came from.)

Using about 1,500 words, fill in the middle from your first line to the last.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: New Worlds

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayIt’s Friday which means it’s time to start writing some fiction. 

Fiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

You have a chance to step into your favourite fictional world with the author who created it.

Do you have a good time or is the author hard to be around?

Write about an incident that happens whilst inside the book.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Twenty Questions

Novel Kicks Writing RoomToday, the writing room will be looking at getting to know your character by having a game of twenty questions with them using the questions below. Not everything you write has to end up in your novel but it will give you a better overall knowledge of them and how they would feel and react to things.

1. What do they look like?

2. What do they like to do to socialize?

3. How was their childhood?

4. One thing that really embarrasses them?

5. What group did they belong to at school?

6. What did they want to do when they grew up and what do they actually do for a job as an adult?

7. Name ten songs that are currently on their playlist?

8. Do they drink, smoke, take drugs?

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Free Write Exercise

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If you have a subject and character in mind, feel free to write about that or you can use the prompt I’ve included below.

The story just needs to include dialogue, a proper conclusion and be no more than 1,500 words.

The prompt… 

Your main character is in his sixties. He has been in the circus since he was sixteen making his way up the ranks to being the boss.

The circus has just arrived in a new town.

One of the younger staff members gets ill and needs to go to the hospital. A routine blood test reveals something that your character has wanted to keep secret.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Decisions Decisions

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

You are at a three way fork in the road. You can go left, right or straight ahead. There is no option to go back the way you came.

One road involves a journey into a dense forest that is said to be haunted.

One road will involve a pack of wild wolves which is the animal you are most afraid of.

The last road is said to pass a community of witches and magic.

You don’t know which road is which but all of them eventually lead to the information you need to get home.

Pick a path as your setting and just start writing.

Have fun!

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Combining Characters

Novel Kicks Writing RoomFor today’s writing room, I thought it would be fun to combine characters that up until this point have had nothing to do with one another.

Write a short piece of fiction (max. 1,500) involving your favourite hero/heroine and your favourite villain.

They don’t need to be from the same original story.

A couple of suggestions: Pip from Great Expectations and President Snow from The Hunger Games, Elizabeth Bennett and Voldermort.

The characters meet under stressful circumstances and begin a conversation.

How do they react in this environment? How do they react to one another?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: It’s the Seasons

fiction fridayFiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: It’s the seasons…

The four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter all get together for their annual meeting/catch up.

One of them is carefree and is always late, one of them is miserable, one of them has OCD and the last one has won a lot of money.

Which season is which is up to you but write a conversation between the four of them.

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: The Tunnel

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There are two characters in your story. Gender, age, relationship to one another as well as the reason they are standing at the start of a tunnel is up to you.

Set the timer for ten minutes and write in the first person from the point of view of one of the characters. Include setting and dialogue.

Once that is done, set the timer again and write the same scene again but as an internal monologue of the other character. How do they differ? How was writing from different point of view? Was one easier than the other?

Have fun!

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Novel Kicks Writing Room: Adding Another Aspect

Novel Kicks Writing RoomAdding another aspect…

I think this following exercise is a very interesting one.

Take your current work in progress or a published novel of your choice.

Add a chapter that isn’t in your original novel outline or included in the book you’ve chosen. Maybe in the middle or the ending you would have preferred. You can add it anywhere as long as it is a completely new aspect to the plot.

Also, as a little extra challenge, add these items in somewhere:

An inflatable Unicorn

A butter knife

A fifty pound note

An old photograph

A padlock

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Strangers on a Train

Fiction FridayFiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: Strangers on a Train… 

Your character boards a train. It’s almost midnight. The character takes a seat and to begin with, is the only person in the carriage.

Your character falls asleep. When they wake up, there are three other people sitting nearby. Strangers who they have never met before.

One of the characters begins to talk to yours.

What happens next. Are they what they seem?

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Audition

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Today’s prompt: Audition…

You are instructed to attend an audition. When you get there, you see many people who look a little like you. This is confusing.

When you get into the room, you feel unprepared. It is now that a piece of paper containing lines from a scene is thrust into your hand.

You discover that you’re auditioning to play yourself in a play of your life.

Write about the audition. POV is up to you.

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Novel Kicks Fiction Friday: Rooms

Novel Kicks Fiction FridayFiction Friday is our weekly writing prompt. The aim is to write for a minimum of five minutes and then keep going for as long as you can. Once you’ve finished, don’t edit, just post in the comments box below.

Today’s prompt: Rooms.

Your main character is trapped in a circular room. There are five doors. All closed. All different colours.

In front of each door is a person. Each is trying to convince your character that their door is the way out. Four of them are lying as there is only one door that will lead to freedom.

The others hide things that may or may not be good or bad.

Write the scene where your character are talking to the door guards as they try to convince them.

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