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Original fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. In the lean years there are fewer dragon riders born than dragons and each hatching the nests are soaked in the blood of the unbound.

2. The line for coffee is almost long enough to make him try and survive without, but at the last minute he sees her join the queue and that decides it.

3. With every gust of wind another small tsunami of leaves is ripped from the trees.

4. “You put too much faith in me.”

5. The lake is a quiet mirror of the sky this time of year. The few hikers who brave the cold nights are rewarded with a doubled eternity of stars.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. She can’t stand the silence where waves used to be and she moves from town to town trying to escape the ocean.

2. “It’s not that hard a choice,” the demon said. “I ask you if you want to live and you say yes.”

3. Good help is easier to make than find.

4.  When dragons hibernate they turn to stone; a slow process that fuses their scales into an impenetrable shield against the worst that winter could muster. But the humans that stumbled into their world are deadlier than any storm, and that first long winter became their killing field.

5. You could tell the tenor of the semester by the length and color of her hair.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. Markers and pens run dry, but he has blood enough to finish.

2. There is one bird that lives right outside his bedroom window that wakes with the sun every morning and does it’s damnedest to make sure he does too.

3. “I need you to believe in me. Even if it’s impossible, even if you are sure that I’m going to fail, just please, please find the kid that I know is still in there, close your eyes and believe in fairies. One last time.”

4. The worst thing about being narcoleptic is the nightmares.

5. There are times she wishes magic wasn’t invisible. It’s hard to take credit for things when there are other easier explanations for her friends to latch on to. Still, it hurts to have her hard work chalked up to ‘a gust of wind’ or ‘you just got lucky’.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. Twice now he’s asked what she really wanted, but neither the child she’d been nor the adult she’s stumbled into being was able to answer.

2. Tigers amble out of the temple in response to the bell, yawning and pausing to stretch as they flow down the steps towards the intruders.

3. I never thought I’d miss the sky. Most of my life was spent indoors, tucked away from the sunlight and focused on one glowing screen or another. Life isn’t much different now, but the choice is gone.

4. The birds shimmer in the air like heat waves off pavement, fluctuating between the realities as they soar through the darkening skies.

5. “I keep you because you don’t lie to me, the magic won’t allow it.”

“I lie all the time, don’t flatter yourself.”

“Ah pet, you lie to other people, even to yourself, but you’ve never lied to me.”

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. Sleep is more powerful a healer than stimulants, but they can’t afford to stop running.

2. Cats have a way of knowing where they aren’t supposed to be and he’s willing to hijack their superpowers if it means finding his sister.

3. There are no universal translators, each species that is enveloped by the alliance is forced to learn the shared language to survive.

4. It’s the way he cleans, reflective flinches against the normal chaos of the world, that finally clues her in to just how horrible a childhood he must have had.

5. Gryphons aren’t the terrifying predators she expects. They leave the farm’s livestock alone, preferring the abundant offal from the slaughterhouse’s compost piles to fresh meat.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Saturday Story Prompts

Saturday Story Prompts
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1. Black cats have always been lucky house pets, because the demons eat them first.

2. The envelopes that came once a week had no return address, but I knew what was in the letter without opening it. It wasn’t until the ashes of the third letter had started to cool that he showed up at my door in person.

3. Screams suddenly echo along the halls, jarring him out of sleep, but right on the heels of the cacophony comes the frustrated cursing of the nannies as they herd the playing children back to bed.

4. The dresses are beautiful, layered creations of translucent fabrics that dance on the slightest breeze.

5. She can be organized, if she forces herself, but Papa had always said ‘money’s meant to buy you time, not things’ and it’s so much easier to just hire someone else to manage her life for her.

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The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Five Full Years of Saturday Story Prompts!

Saturday Story Prompts
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With the retirement of the monthly Prompt books come Jan 1st, I’m busy working on other things to put into my Smashwords store.

The biggest so far is an eBook that covers all five years of the regularly posted Saturday Story Prompts. I’m putting in the time and money to get it proofread and find it a good cover, because I’m pretty darned proud of making it to five years. In the downtime while I get both of those done, I’m having a blast playing around with the metrics!

There are 1,305 prompts total with 483 different first words. The most commonly used first word was The at 195, which I’m sure comes as no great surprise to anyone but me. 😉

There are only 44 prompts that directly mention a dragon and 12 that mention a planet, which makes my overtly fantasy and science fiction muses sad. (There are 38 magics and 28 spaces, but still.)

The weather muses are content with 52 suns, 46 rains, 10 fogs, 15 snows, and 28 clouds. But there are only 16 moons and to 41 nights, so we’re running a bit short on satellites.

There is only 1 wolf and 8 wolves, but there are 31 dogs and a whopping 75 cats! Apparently I’m more prepared for the Revenge, Regret, and Kittens book that I thought…

To round out the POVs, there are 24 He/He’s/He’d to 36 She/She’s/She’d, but a whopping 60 I/I’d/I’ll/I’m/I’ve. Apparently first person is alive an well in my head.

All The King’s Prompts

For fun I’ve included the list of first words below in case anyone wants to use them as a prompt list. This weekend I’m playing a game of writing prompts that don’t start with them for next year!

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