Guess what, folks? The Murder Scene Blogfest is only FIVE DAYS AWAY! Exciting, right? But, as I’ve lurked around Twitter and your blogs these past couple weeks, I can’t help but notice that some of you aren’t having as much fun with this as you should be. And the reason for this seems to be that you just can’t think of anything to write. You can’t get started. You’ve got The Block.
“Oh, I feel your pain,” she said, considering the three weeks that had passed since she last wrote a single word.
But: Never fear! I am here for you. Below, I’m going to give you three (3) writing prompts to help you get started with your oh-so-rockin’ murder scene. And you know what? Even if you don’t plan to join in on the blogfest, you can always use these prompts for some great writing practice!
Now, instead of the traditional prompt format (where I begin to set the scene and you take it from there) I’m going to do something Simon did a while back and give you three sets of elements to use in your story. Now, Simon has fancy Story Dice he can throw that will tell him what these elements are. Me? I only have the ravings of a lunatic inside my head. Almost as good, and twice as scary. So basically, you just pick the prompt you like the most and try to include all those elements in your murder scene.
Okay, ready? Here we go!
Prompt 1: an apple, a fence, the countryside, a prosthetic limb
Prompt 2: a swimming pool, a large city, feathers, gummy worms
Prompt 3: a maze, mirrors, Spandex, bad facial hair
To be fair, I did warn you that my mind is a scary place. Anyway, what do you think? Can you pick one of the prompts and work all the elements into your story? Even if you don’t use all the prompt elements, does it give you a good idea for your murder scene?
Hope that helps! Happy murdering, everyone…? (Boy, that sounds weird.)
*Edited to add: If you’ve already got something written, that’s great – please don’t feel like you have to use one of the above prompts! They are for people who might be a little stuck. So if you’re not stuck, then don’t worry about it!