I am longing, as others are (judging by the decrease in the number of submissions to Prompt of the Day) for prompts that involve more than one word, because I can pick out a dictionary word, or ask my partner what he dreamed about and get a word. I have “Word of the Day” delivered to my email inbox daily– which I highly recommend– all wonderfully inspirational and often unusual words, which I so far have chosen not to write about.
But a writing community is a community. I am relatively new to the Daily Post Prompt of the Day, and I occasionally see slightly irritated posts relating to the repetition of the prompts. There is a link on the site called Submit a Prompt which I suspect we could think about using, instead of puzzling over this new one-word phenomenon.
There is nothing wrong with one-word prompts; it’s just that the Prompt of the Day, during my brief participation, has not been one-word. People like me can be inflexible and disrupted when things change. In an effort not to be that wuss, I will continue to give it a go.
In the meantime, for anyone going through prompt withdrawal, here are a few prompts to get you through the rough patch:
- You are the black sheep of the Kardashian family. Describe a day in your life.
- You have a new invention for Dragon’s Den (or Shark Tank), a TV program where entrepreneurs pitch their sometimes odd business ideas and hope to get investments. What is your idea and how do you pitch it?
- It’s a divisive world these days. What happens when two people of radically opposing views get stranded on that desert island? A liberal and a conservative. A fundamentalist and an atheist. You and your racist uncle. Be fearless.
- What kind of person would you be if you were the opposite gender?
- You have just become the supreme ruler of a huge and varied civilization, which no one can see but you. Are you crazy?