[Updated Daily!] October Boot Camp 2017 Prompts

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500-Word Prompts

  1. Go to a public place (e.g., café, park) and try to find an anchor in the moment. Listen out for a snippet of conversation that interests you, an interesting visual, a thought that pops into your head; go from there.
  2. Write a fictional Missed Connection for Craigslist. (If you’re not familiar with the concept, read a few MCs here.)
  3. Write in the style of your least favorite author.
  4. "The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings, for it will destroy the world in which you live." - Nisargadatta
  5. It's 3am and your novel's antagonist is craving a sandwich. What happens next?
  6. Transcribe the one voicemail your protagonist will never delete.
  7. Make an annotated grocery list for a character from your favorite book. (Shoutout to poet and writer Sarah Crossland for this one!)

1,000-Word Prompts

  1. Sonder – (n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.
  2. "It's not what it looks like!"
  3. Direct me to the guest bathroom in your protagonist's house.
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