Writing Prompt Wednesdays: Daily Encounters

Writing Prompt Wednesdays: Trapped in a building in the middle of nowhere!

Welcome to “Writing Prompt Wednesdays,” a haven where your imagination can roam free in the realms of speculative fiction. As we embark on this weekly journey, it’s thrilling to think about the untold stories waiting to be penned in the domains of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Whether you’re a seasoned author or a budding wordsmith, these prompts are your gateway to unexplored worlds and untapped potentials.

Every Wednesday, we’ll serve up a fresh, thought-provoking prompt designed to ignite your creative spark and challenge your storytelling prowess. Think of these prompts as a key, unlocking the doors to uncharted territories where your creativity is the only limit. From eerie, shadow-laden corridors of Gothic horror to the farthest reaches of interstellar space, and the mystical depths of high fantasy, our prompts are a kaleidoscope of possibilities.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to approach these prompts. They are mere stepping stones, guiding you towards the vast landscapes of your imagination. Use them to break free from writer’s block, to experiment with new ideas, or simply as a fun exercise to keep your writing skills sharp.

This week’s writing prompt:

This week’s word of the week is about realization regarding other people’s existence. The woman who works at your morning coffee shop has an entire life, of which you play a small or insignificant part at best. Much of writing fiction is about empathy – about being able to imagine and describe an existence outside of ourselves. We create characters, and then we create their lives and situations. This week, I want you to pick one random person that you bump into while going about your daily life. Maybe someone buying groceries that has interesting shoes, or maybe the assistant at the library with the ear gages and Baby Bop tattoo on her arm. Select someone at random, and write a scene about them. Where do they go next, what do they do? Are they secretly leaders of an underground revolution? Lizard people sent here to infiltrate humanity? Demons or angels in disguise?

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