Tuesday, April 11

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8 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.


What makes your inner child holler, “That’s not fair!”?

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Q4U: How might you spin this prompt in an unexpected direction? How about as political thriller or literary fiction?


  1. Laurel I participate in four flash Fiction photo prompts each week, which challenge writers with a photo inspired theme and no more than 200 words d to craft a story. I can really measure the effectiveness of my writing since I began these prompts.

    This year I am laying out the plot of a new historical fiction novel over my 26 A to Z posts. I’d love to have you stop by.

    The Steel Horse Saviors is a story about three civil war veterans who head west in 1866 with their Steam Locomotive to seek their fortune. They encounter a beautiful redhead trying desperately to save her family business that threatens to complicate their plan to escape their past.

    http://fictionplayground.wordpress.com Joe @ the Fiction Playground visiting from the A to Z Challenge

    1. Sounds like you are a true prompt-loving die-hard. Glad to hear the exercises are bearing so much fruit for you. Thanks for coming by!

  2. Hi Laurel - I could use that now with my real life situation .. one day perhaps ... just plain unfair - my frothy hasn't happened yet ... cheers Hilary


  3. Real life throws a lot of unfair at us, so indignation is one of those powerful emotions every writer can relate to, and should harness in their writing.

  4. I use this one quite a lot already. A good dose of indignation over some recent or past event makes for an interesting character and sometimes an emotional scene if it takes place on page.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

    1. It is a really unique kind of anger that can carry away even a normally level-headed person.

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