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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Delightfully Frustrating Use of Words Prompt! Yay!

Specific Prompt:

Write a story about two people who are in love, but don't belong together. Make up whatever reasons you like for them not belonging together, but make them important reasons, so as to cause friction between them and any other characters in the story. Think of it as an exercise in creating internal conflict.

Fanfic Prompt:

In light of ABC Family's delightfully frustrating use of words in their commercials for the "new" episodes of Gilmore Girls, write a Gilmore Girls fic taking place three months after the series finale. Where are the characters by that point? How are Luke and Lorelei doing? How is Rory's career? Any new beau in her life? Use your imagination, because yeah...there's not any new episodes. The commercial really did have a poor choice of word use.

Write a story including the phrase:

"No, I don't know what a muskrat is."

Use this song for inspiration:

"Y Control" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

One Word Prompts:


Friday, May 29, 2009

Time is of the Essence

Specific Prompt:

Write about what time means to you. Is it something tangible that you can sense? Or is it a measurement if distance that bears little impact upon our lives? What are your opinions? How does time effect your life? Is it in the mundane ways, such as not having time to grab coffee on Tuesday, because you have to pick up the kids from soccer. Or is it more metaphysical, such as...sometimes it really does just plain old stop? Let us know.

This is a prompt I would particularly like links to if you decide to write on it. I'm always interested in learning about people's thoughts on time, because it's one of my absolute favorite subjects.

Fanfic Prompt:

Delve deep into the Whoniverse. Write a Doctor Who story about what happens to Rose and the Doctor's clone in the Bad Wolf dimension. How does she relate to this clone? Does she miss the REAL doctor? After all, she loved the bit of alien in him. What are your thoughts?

Write a story including the phrase:

I was mad. Very mad.

Use this song as inspiration:

"No One Knows" by Queens of the Stoneage

(Google it, if you don't know the lyrics.)

One Word Prompts:


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Helter Skelter

Specific Prompt:

Write about humanity from the point of view of an alien species. Would aliens find us weird, charming, evil -- or a combination thereof? The possibilities are endless, so make the most of it. Be descriptive -- describe everything like it's foreign and different than what the narrator is accustomed to.

Fanfic Prompt:

Anyone remember the 90's sardonic cartoon Daria? Write a Daria/Trent fic -- those are the best. But set it in the future -- after the show ended.

Include the phrase:

People are like puppets.

Use this song for inspiration:

"Helter Skelter" by The Beatles

One Word Prompts:


Monday, May 25, 2009


Specific Prompt of the Day:

Tell us how the world ends. Draw from religious themes, alien scenarios, natural disasters -- or create your own. Include a character narrative in the story to humanize it.

Fanfic Prompt of the Day:

Write a drabble from the point of view of Uhura from the new Star Trek film.

Write a story including the phrase:

The ocean looked like a sheet of glass.

Use this song for inspiration:

"Creep" by Radiohead

One Word Prompts:


Saturday, May 23, 2009


Specific Prompt:

A character, based on yourself, has just one $20,000,000 in a lottery. Describe how they burned through the money in less than a month. Give realistic reasons. Them buying the world's only unicorn makes for a very boring, very short story. And since the character is based on yourself, it would help to make the reasons ones you, personally, would have for blowing that much money in that short amount of time. How does this impact your characters family? Does it benefit them (because they all got new houses or something?) Or does it make them angry that your character squandered their fortune?

Fanfic Prompt:

Smallville Lexana. Drabble, Lex's POV. Setting, season 3. Write your best fluffiness set in the Talon.

Write a story including the phrase:

Strange and unusual people were everywhere.

Use this song for inspiration:

"Hotel California" - The Eagles

One Word Prompts:


Friday, May 22, 2009


Specific Prompt:

Write about the closest inanimate object to you (might even be your computer), and make the argument how it might be considered evil. Your arguments could be based on facts, both scientific and sociological, or they could be based on personal observation.

This exercise will also make you ponder: what does it mean to be considered evil? Or at least it should. Especially if you're going to attempt to demonize your computer.

Fanfic Prompt:

Prompt Romp's very first Sylaire Challenge! Sylar proposes to Claire RIGHT after she finds out that Nathan is dead (and Sylar killed him). Why does he think this is a good idea? Does he even think this is a good idea? Does she say yes or no? And if she says yes, tell us what has happened to make her want to marry the man who killed her father.

I could see this going in a cracktastic or angsty direction. Both would be awesome! I could see it being fluffy too -- that would be good too. Point is, take it in whatever direction you please. Variety is interesting.

Include the phrase:

"His offer was temping, but I'm not a killer."

Use this song for inspiration:

"Music Box" by Regina Spektor

One Word Prompts:


On a side note:

You guys can totally link me to your stories. I'm really interested to see what directions people go with my prompts. =)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Aliens Are Coming!

Specific Prompt:

Write a sci-fi story about an alien invasion. The catch? It's human beings who are the invading aliens. Exercise your world-building muscles by writing a story from the point of view of a people whom human beings conquer as they claim the stars.

Fanfic Prompt

Write the ending of Battlestar Galactica the way YOU wanted to see it. And if you liked the ending they gave you, write what happens between the time we last see our fleet on Earth and the time when Angel!Six and Angel!Baltar are walking around modern day Earth.

Write a story including the phrase:

"The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!"

Use this song for inspiration::

"Life on Mars" by David Bowie

One word prompts:


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

To All of the Trekkies Out There...

Today's Specific Prompt:

Imagine the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Make it happen to your character. How do they feel? Will they triumph over the situation? Or will it bring them to ruin?

Fanfic Prompt of the Day:

With all this Star Trek buzz, the fanfic prompt of the day is to boldly go where no man has gone before and write a good fic, set in the Trek universe, using ONLY ORIGINAL CHARACTERS. Yes, that's right. Only characters of your own creation. Every other element must come from the Trekverse. Think of it as an exercise in character creation, using a familiar territory (if you're a Trekkie like me) as a fun and convenient backdrop. And ships count as characters too, so think up your own ship name. Have fun with it. Remember: the goal is to write a convincing, compelling Trekverse story using your OWN characters. Avoid Mary Sues like the plague.

And if anyone writes such a fic, link me in the comments and I'll read it. =)

Write a story including the phrase:

All of the sunshine left the world the day the war took him away.

Use this song as inspiration:

"If You Could Only See" by Tonic

(You can Google the lyrics if you don't know it.)

One Word Prompts:


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Of Frost Giants and Zombies

Specific Prompt:

According to the ancient Norse, the earth was carved out of the carcass of Ymir, a frost giant. Explore this myth by telling your own tale JUST FROM THE INFORMATION I GAVE YOU. Don't look anything else up. Fill in the other details yourself.

Alternatively, you can tell your own creation tale of how the earth was made.

Write a story including the phrase:

The people looked looked like slimy, gray zombies.

One Word Prompts:


Monday, May 18, 2009

Day 1

Specific prompt of the day:

Character A. has just killed character B., because character B. insulted character A.'s mother. What was the insult? What was the method of killing? And how does character B. feel, postmortem, knowing their life ended over something so trivial?

Write a story including the sentence:

"I can never seem to howl at the moon properly."

One Word Prompts:


Welcome to Prompt Romp

- This blog is here because...

1. Writers like prompts.

2. I like typing random shit on the internet.


3. Writer's block is the devil.

- What we aim for?

To cure your writer's block woes. Whether you you write your own original stuff or fanfiction, this is your one stop romp to prompt city.

- How often will I update?

At least once a week -- more if I get any traffic.

- Are there any rules?

Crediting is nice. Especially if it's an extremely detailed prompt (like for a specific fandom or an extremely specific idea). Otherwise, there's not really any other rules than that. I tend to be minimal on the whole "rules" thing.