Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 18 comments
Welcome, A-Z Blogging Challenge friends. This year, my theme is Prompt-a-day, with fun or thought-provoking writing prompts to use as a story start, warm up, or creativity stretching exercise.

Optimism


After living in underground bunkers for generations, a team of survivors gets good news from probes that contamination levels are no longer dangerous.



Think writing prompts are for beginners? Think again. They can be a helpful tool, no matter where you are in your writing journey. Here's how: 5 Reasons to Write with Prompts.

Looking for more writing inspiration?

Check out my latest release, 1001 Evocative Prompts for Fiction Writers. It will stimulate your thinking wherever you are in your writing journey and get you writing today. It provides story starts and writing inspiration for a wide variety of genres by focusing on emotions, character development, and pivotal moments.

You can face a blank page with confidence when you use these prompts to warm up, beat writer’s block, develop and maintain a writing habit, change up your routine, start a new project, experiment in a new genre, deepen parts of an existing story, or overcome burnout.

What are you waiting for? Dig in and get writing right now!

Add it on Goodreads
e-book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Apple iTunes / KoboSmashwords
Pocket paperback (5"x 8", 114 pp.) Amazon / Barnes and NobleCreateSpace
Workbook (8"x 10", 426 pp.) Amazon / Barnes and NobleCreateSpace


Q4U: How might you spin this prompt in an unexpected direction? How about as middle grade or time-travel romance?

18 comments:

  1. Hi Laurel - well I'm glad I haven't been shut in an underground bunker for years ... me - I'd swing open the doors and marvel at nature ... and then go get my books and find out all the plants, birds, insects names ... that should let me lead a peaceful life for a while ... then I might think about writing something! Cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/o-is-for-orkney-islands-adapted-breeds.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. After a major environmental catastrophe, I imagine the old species might not exist, but new ones emerge. Surely it would be fascinating to study them.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Surely there would be some major celebrating happening. Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  3. I read that prompt and thought: The City of Ember! Cool book.

    O is for Owl Worship

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember my daughter loving the graphic novel version, and the movie.

      Delete
  4. Like Tamara, I thought of The City of Ember too. It was a great book. :) It's a great writing prompt too.

    With Love,
    Mandy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe Hugh Howey's Wool series has folks living in underground bunkers too. I was kind of mashing up that with Wall-E. Have fun giving it your own unique spin.

      Delete
  5. Interesting prompt! It's interesting to this about a post-apocalyptic story with some hope for a future. Thanks for sharing:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right, sort of late-post-apocalypse, when the crisis is over, and generations later, there's a chance to start fresh, which comes with its own complications.

      Delete
  6. It would be so cool to surface. Everything is new to the those in that bunker (assuming life spans have not lengthened). After a day of glee and dancing on the surface, they get to work They walk around identifying unchanged plant life from historical photos that their ancestors left behind. They figure out what they can and can't eat so they can finally stop eating Twinkies and Tang.

    Emily | My Life In Ecuador | Olon Orphanage

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, canned goods or worse--insta-food tablets--would get old pretty fast. It would be an exciting, and quite scary thing to come into the light and face the unknown.

      Delete
  7. Looking for an inspiring prompt. This one won't do for the story I need to write, but it will be cool to use sometime!
    The Ninja Librarian’s Favorite Characters

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stay tuned, I'll have more coming through April 30. My book linked above might have more of what you're looking for--with 1001 prompts, there is a lot of variety.

      Delete
  8. I could have a lot of fun with this one. I've watched and read enough that use it already, so it might take some thought to spin it my own way though.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Enjoy. Lots of things could have pushed them underground, so there are many things they could feasibly face coming to the surface again.

      Delete
  9. the survivors comes up again but find that everything has changed including the people who have sprouted wings and travel the sky like birds and live in castles floating in the sky. the survivors are okay for a time but one of them gets killed learning to fly with man-made wings. The rest of the survivors soon realize they are relics and they belong back down below where they have been rebuilding their old city using what they had. so they return back down, never to be seen again. the end.

    I think changes scares people and death attributes to it, that's seem to be the story I'm thinking of. I like a more positive approach but somehow I couldn't reach it.

    thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, the bittersweet sort of tale, in which change isn't what the bunkers-dwellers thought it would be. Sounds cool. Sad, but cool.

      Delete