Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A year of writing prompts: 19 September

How to use these prompts

Write about this shipwreck.
How did it come to be here?
Does anyone (or anything) live in it or visit it today?


  1. Childhood is a disease. A sickness that you grow out of.” William Golding
  2. On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, write a story about pirates.
  3. In the movie Forrest Gump, it's on this date that Forrest stops running and decides to go home. Your character reaches a turning point where they decide to stop doing something, and/or decide to return home after being away for a while.
  4. On this date in 1961, Betty and Barney Hill claimed they were abducted by aliens, taken aboard their craft, probed and then let go. Write a story about alien abduction.
  5. In 1975 the first episode of Fawlty Towers was first screened in the UK. Write a story about a stay in a terrible hotel.

Character Names
Zita, Wilhelmina, Verner, Connor, Connie, Constance, January, Emily, Constantine, Carita

Character Traits
  • Shy and quiet, but attract many friends who are very important to them. Family ties are also important.
  • Generous - may support family members, possibly including distant as well as close relatives.
  • Believe spiritual growth is achieved through discipline.
  • May take life too seriously, May be religious.
  • If they are rich, they will use their money wisely; if not they tend to improve their social status and become wealthy.
  • Dedicated to their work, hard working and persevering. They never complain even though they may feel bored and trapped by their jobs at times.
  • Their employers trust them with important and delicate tasks.
  • Possible leanings towards radicalism or communism.
  • Interested in psychology, sociology, self-improvement and astrology.
  • Like active sports which burn energy.
  • May be involved in more than one romance at a time.
  • Nature lovers.
  • Likely to travel and/or have a connection with foreign lands. Likely to travel with others.
  • Can be argumentative and hold thought-provoking opinions.
  • Best careers: writing or teaching.
  • May be gamblers.
  • Leadership abilities but have a tendency to dominate. May be cruel and misuse their power.
  • May suffer from eczema.

Possible Themes
Astrology and the occult.
Travel and exploration.
Personal power.
Governments and the military.


A flock of birds; an orange tree in fruit; a lawn; rose bushes; a big wheel; autumn leaves pressed into a book.