In continuing my series of short collections of writing prompts, I thought I’d venture into a genre I absolutely love reading – perhaps more than any other genre. Let’s see if my prompts live up to my own expectations!
A travel photographer on assignment in the jungles of India gets a far more personal look at the big cats she photographs than she ever intended – and discovers something truly incredible in the depths of the jungle
A treasure hunter, a Catholic priest, and a civil rights activist find themselves working together on this rather unexpected mission: to save an ancient farm in the hills of Tuscany
The setting: deep in the Amazon jungle; the lead character: a female missionary pilot; the problem: a missing American passenger
A British art thief, a Kenyan international beauty queen, and an Italian housewife must save the world from a merciless dictator bent on ruling the world
Obviously, the hardest part of writing a mystery is creating a believable and intriguing mystery to be solved. The same stories are told over and over again, wrapped in different packaging – so it can be tedious or challenging to come up with something new.
So, I thought I’d offer some fun writing prompts in the genre. Maybe it will help someone kick past a blockage they’ve been dealing with as they write. Who knows?
A cat prowling around a murder victim’s house while the police detective investigate knocks over an urn. But instead of ashes, an ancient Egyptian necklace falls out.
Setting: Small village in Iceland. Murder victim: local tour guide. Single clue left at murder scene: a hunk of rare Italian cheese. Whodunnit?
Florida Man wins the lottery and finally goes on the vacation to Colorado Springs he’s always dreamed of. Out on the hiking trail, he discovers something in his knapsack. Before he can do anything about it, he keels over dead.
The murder weapon: a stone globe. The victim: a veterinarian in New York City. The murderer: the owner of a small, yellow bird. Why’d they do it?
In my writing group lately, we’ve been using prompts and games to work on our craft each meeting. I thought I would create a few prompts in multiple genres this summer for fellow writers looking for a boost in creativity.
These are all completely just from my brain – there’s no backstory to discover. Just use the imagery the words elicit and write away.
Who is the Righteous Ryder and what is her/his mission?
There’s a magical plant in the woods, which a young girl discovers one day while collecting herbs for her father’s cookery. What does the plant do? What happens after the discovery?
What would happen if three owls, two unicorns, and a dragon were all best friends?
A talking medieval cat discovers something sinister in the castle dungeon while hunting mice one morning.
A duck and her ducklings hold the secret to the universe.