Writing Prompt

Drop down and give me 20 plot twists. What a literary workout.

(Disclaimer: I hold no responsibility for creative injury and burnout.)


Step 1: Set a beginning topic to write about. Setting, time, place, people, anything.

Bob waited in the rush hour drive-through line for his morning coffee, the very taste of a middle class business man’s lifeblood.

Step 2: flesh out more details on your beginning. Make a solid paragraph. Then in the next paragraph, start with these words: “But then”

Bob waited in the rush hour drive-through line for his morning coffee, the very taste of a middle class business man’s lifeblood. The idling engine was on his nerves, but the black Toyota with a stick people family sticker on the back window could inch forward any minute. He sighed, one hand drumming on the wheel, and waited.

But then a glint of light caught his eye, and he glanced in his mirror. The light was bright. It was brighter than the sun, burning, the light, it burned white… Bob’s eyes rolled back into their sockets as the physic waves of the approaching Knux√•t mind-ships hit suburbia Toronto.

Step 3: Add another paragraph with “But then” and keep rolling until you come back full circle, hopefully. Feel free to kill off characters but don’t get lost in those mind-ships.

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