Friday, April 7

Posted by Laurel Garver on Friday, April 07, 2017 6 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.


A group of schoolkids gets trapped in an avalanche or collapsed mine.

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  1. Ooh, fear is a good one, because I'm always struggling to answer the questions "what do your characters fear the most? what is the worst that could happen?"

    1. Thanks, Deniz. Making characters face their fears really shows what they are made of.

  2. Fun! I am always looking for prompts -glad you found me thru the A to Z challenge!
    As to the 'spin' just off the cuff, I would have the kids find an area where they begin to set up a place of their own....

    1. ...and trouble ensues. Love it. Have fun with it!

  3. Hi Laurel - I always think of miners trapped underground - Chile, China and early days here in the UK ... really worry me! Not a good thought ... Fear it would definitely be ... cheers Hilary

    1. It was a visit to the Mining Museum in Wales that partly inspired this, especially learning that children helped their parents in the work. How scary that must have been.