Wednesday, April 5

Posted by Laurel Garver on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 10 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.


An amputee works to regain mobility in order to return to a beloved hobby or job.

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Q4U: How might you spin this prompt in an unexpected direction? How about as middle grade fiction, fantasy, or chick lit?


  1. This one would be very interesting! It would definitely require I put on my thinking cap. Get out of my own shoes and try to view life from my MC's perspective. Not that I don't do that now... :)

    I have to admit, though, I would be very cautious of how I wrote about a disability that wasn't #OwnVoices.

    1. Well, one could argue that in the hands of a good writer who does deep research and uses sensitivity readers to review the draft can give an accurate portrayal of an underrepresented group. It's trickier than writing only what you've lived, but I think that caution makes too many writers never diversify the casts of their fiction. And that's bad, too.

  2. Hi Laurel - Determination - focus - one step at a time ... so many places and people to look at to see what can be achieved - just one passion ... nothing deviates them ... cheers Hilary

    1. Single-minded focus is a force to reckoned with for sure. Thanks for coming by!

  3. Woo I like prompts! I'll have to bookmark your blog so I can use some of these when I'm out of editing and back into writing mode.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

    1. Cool. Prompts can also be a fun way to take a little creative vacation when editing and revision has you feeling burned out.

  4. This is an interesting prompt. I'll give it a go... middle grade fantasy chick-lit about an amputee returning to a beloved hobby or job :

    The young girl huffed. Her metallic left wing was nothing like her natural right one. It just wouldn't flap!

    "Maritox, you must try harder! All our females must fly."

    She nodded to Doctor Xolow, knowing she right. The elder women protected the island, and they did so by flight. It was imperative. But she was only twelve, and flying lessons were only given for two hours twice a week.

    Well, for normal girls with normal wings, they were two hours a day twice a week.

    But she had her wing ripped beyond repair by a certain bully, a bully who was soaring with the others right now and taunting her when the doctor and teacher weren't looking. Maritox had to train five times a week for an hour, and if she didn't get off the ground, she had to come back twice in the same day.

    Those were terrible days. Today was one of them.

    "Psst," a tiny finger tapped the back of Maritox's ear. "I'm here. Flap again."

    The only upside to her amputation and subsequent metallic wing replacement was that Maritox met Lilligon, the tiniest fairy in all the world. Lilligon was shunned by the other fairies for her diminutive size. But the little one knew her magic was still useful, and to prove it, she secretly became a physical therapist in the wing division. Patients like Maritox just needed a little help.

    Maritox focused. Her right wing flapped, tilting her. Then there was a tiny tickle. The metallic left wing flapped! As Lilligon cheered her on, Maritox took off. Not just a little hovering above the ground, but flight. At that moment she felt like herself again. Hope filled her heart that one day she would lead a flight team.

    1. Love it! Great work with from my humble prompt.

  5. I love using writing prompts. I usually get my writing ideas from a sentence from a Janet Evanovich novel, which is what I'll be talking about today

    1. Inspiration can come from all kinds of places--songs on the radio, a neighbor's random comment, great books and terrible ones too! Thanks for coming by!