Writing Prompt Wednesday #1

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It’s November and there are many people doing NaNoWriMo, so I decided to start a new writing prompt series that may help. But this isn’t just for NaNoWriMo participants; anyone needing some inspiration can use these any way they like. I will add a new prompt every Wednesday to help jump start your story, inspire a new one, or take the one you are currently working on in a new direction. I’m going to try to be creative and pull from different sources to inspire you.

“We take our point of view so much for granted, as if the world were really as we see it. But it doesn’t take much analysis to recognize that our way of seeing the world is simply an old unexamined habit, so strong, so convincing, and so unconscious we don’t even see it as a habit. How many times have we been absolutely sure about someone’s motivations and later discovered that we were completely wrong? How many times have we gotten upset about something that turned out to have been nothing? Our perceptions and opinions are often quite off the mark. The world may not be as we think it is. In fact, it is virtually certain that it is not.”

Norman Fischer in Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong


Prompt #1: Surprise (or even shock) one of your characters. Have them realize somehow that the world is actually quite different than what they believe it to be. Have them question their perceptions, opinions, even values.

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