Sleep, perchance to dream – 30 Writing Prompts – 30

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That’s it, the day is over, it is time to sleep. This is where our final writing prompt leads us. It brings us to the moment when we settle down and drift from consciousness to unconsciousness. It is time to sleep, and perhaps we shall dream.

You’ve had a long day, everything that has happened has been and now it is time to rest. Set the scene describing your final moments before you get into bed, or wherever you are going to sleep. What are the final things you do before turning off the light? How does it feel as you ‘lay me down to sleep’? Do you have a comfortable bed, futon, sleeping bag? Are you indoors or out? What are the sounds you can hear? Are the stars shining overhead or do the street lamps glow beyond your windows?

As you begin to drift off, what thoughts are going through your mind? Are you happy with the events of the day? Are there things you’ll need to address tomorrow? Were there missed opportunities? Are you glad it is over so you can begin again tomorrow? Do you offer up a little prayer? A prayer of thanks? Or an angry one?

As you fall asleep, do you begin to dream? As you drift into the night and your mind dreams, are there thoughts that take on new meaning, new understanding, new desires? What happens when you are asleep? Feel free to write your dream, this is all about writing what you want, and however much you want. Fantasy writers don’t need to change anything to this prompt, everyone sleeps, or at least tries. Unless, of course, you are writing about a new form of sentient life, perhaps, if you are, they are watching someone sleep?

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you.

That’s it for this series of writing prompts. I hope you have found them helpful and I hope you have begun to enjoy a long term writing habit. I’ll have plenty more resources and ideas for realising your creative potential. In the meantime, enjoy this writing prompt and then…. you could always start over again – 30 Writing Prompts.

Shutdown – 30 Writing Prompts – 29

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The day is coming to an end, and that’s where our writing prompt takes us. Everything that has been done during the day has been done, there is nothing else you can do. Some things will need to be left for tomorrow, and they can all wait. This is all about the process of shutting down.

As you prepare for bed and, hopefully, a good night’s rest, what do you do? Are there things to clean up, dishes, clothes, toys? What equipment needs to be shutdown and turned off? Do you leave the computer and phone on? Why? Are there pets that need that final moment of care, or walk, or bit of food? Do you need to check on the children?

What things do you do for yourself as you prepare for sleep? Is there time for a shower, a wash, or just the very basics? Do you aim to go straight to sleep or will there be a late night book read, TV watch or Facebook browse? Is there a moment of spiritual, or meditative, reflection? Depending on how, and what, you are writing, is there a partner to whom you need to say something, an apology, an encouragement?

If you are a fantasy writer on a quest, how do you secure your campsite for the night? What do you need to do to ensure you get rest through the dark hours? On a spaceship, the shutdown sequence may be more complicated, or it may be simpler if there are automatic systems, or you have an advanced computer, but there will be a process.

It may surprise you how much you do in order to do nothing, apart from sleep. This prompt is for you to explore that process, to think through the little things that seem innocuous, but which play an important and regular part in our lives.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

The Blackout – 30 Writing Prompts – 28

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You are relaxed at home, the day is coming to a close. You might be watching the TV or reading a book, as always the choice is yours. You might be with a partner, a friend or two, the whole family, or you might be alone. All of a sudden the lights go out and you find yourself in total darkness.

There has been a power cut, but you don’t know that yet. Today’s prompt is about how you feel and what you do when the lights go out. What is the first thing you do? How do you feel? Are you afraid of the dark? Afraid for yourself or for others, your family, children perhaps? Do you have a set routine for when this happens? Do you know where the torch or candles are? How long is it till you remember there is a flashlight on your phone? How long does the battery in your phone or torch last?

Is the power cut local, just your house or the whole street? Can you see further afield? If you are several floors up in an apartment, how far can you see? How widespread is the blackout? As it draws out do you feel less or more apprehensive about things? Do you find neighbours and discuss what is going on?

If you are on a spaceship, then a power cut is a very serious thing. What emotions run through your head in space? Are you more or less in control of your feelings as your training kicks in? If you are writing in a fantasy setting you’ll need to adapt things slightly, perhaps all the candles have gone out, or the flames from the fire and torches have been extinguished?

The lights have gone out, which means it is time to write. Explore your feelings and emotions as you come face to face with the dark.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

Street Drama – 30 Writing Prompts – 27

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As we write it is easy to think that all the drama happens to us. Our main characters are the ones that move the story, but things happen to others as well. This writing prompt explores things that go bump in the night, to others.

The scene is simple. You are safe and sound, in your own home or apartment. Then you hear a noise. What is it? You look out your window, or open your door and you see… ? That’s it, what do you see? The choice is yours, describe what is happening.

Something is happening on the street or in your building, concerning your neighbours or people passing by. There might have been an accident, or a dispute? Has an ambulance been called? Have the police arrived? Who is involved and how are they acting? This will give you the chance to describe characters and their actions in depth.

What is happening is down to you, as is the resolution, but the main focus is on describing the event and the people involved. If you are writing fantasy you may need to elaborate on exactly where you are. If you are sleeping out at night, as you journey, how do you see the events happening? Do you hear a noise and then peer through a bush to see what is taking place? Are you woken as you sleep in an inn? A space setting may be more difficult, but if you are on a spaceship with others, it can be easily adapted. If you are on your own, you’ll be describing something outside your ship, a meteor shower, space debris, aliens?

Drama, in our writing, doesn’t always involve us. Enjoy writing about others in today’s prompt.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.