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Sometimes seasonal prompts can be helpful in your routine, to get you paying attention to your immediate environment and the sensory experiences you can collect. It can also get you thinking about story potential in everyday events. Consider how to spin theses prompts for different genres or milieus. "My earliest school memory," for example, could be memoir, historical or sci fi. Some could be humor or horror, or dark comedy, a mix of both.
I know summer is over when...
My idea of a perfect fall day is...
It must be September (October, November) because...
What a retiree to Florida misses about autumn up north.
Smells I associate with autumn.
Fall foods I have been craving for months.
How my protagonist's neighborhood changes in fall.
After dropping their youngest at college, parents return to their empty house and...
The foreign exchange program has a mix up and sends your character to...
A college freshman struggling with homesickness misses...
Three enemies are forced to create a group presentation for a class.
My earliest school memory.
What my protagonist likes most and least about autumn.
If I were at Hogwarts, what classes would I take?
A new teacher faces the third grade from hell.
Kids collecting leaves for science class discover something in the woods.
Back-to-school night goes horribly wrong.
A struggling cross-country runner finds a pair of magical shoes and...
What clubs did or would my protagonist join in high school?
The soccer moms go to war because...
How I discovered the head cheerleader is actually a witch.
Why squirrels are really collecting all those nuts and berries.
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A football fan discovers his/her magical power during a game.
What happens in the corn maze stays in the corn maze.
A booking mix-up switches the acts for the Fall Family Jamboree and Slasherfest
Something strange appears in the wood pile.
How the marching band saved homecoming.
The newest guy on the football team turns out to be a girl in disguise.
A cider tasting goes horribly wrong when...
Thieves execute an elaborate heist in an elite neighborhood on Halloween.
A soccer team bus is hijacked.
A recent arrival on the frontier has two months to prepare for winter.
How the pumpkin festival was saved.
A horror film extra gets lost in Amish country.
Leaf color changes in autumn are actually...
Which prompts appeal to you? What's your favorite thing about autumn?