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I was destined to save the world but I overslept

Like the person who refused the call to be the chosen one, you were the chosen one but you were too busy sleeping. Now what?

I was destined to save the world but I overslept

  • In what way did the world need saving?
  • How did you manage to sleep through that?
  • Did you try staying awake all night and then nod off?
  • What will happen now?
  • Can someone else save the world?
  • Can you still make things right?
  • Are we all doomed?

Let us know if you write something to this prompt. We would love to read it.

Platform building starter prompts

Earlier this year we had a little competition. Twelve weeks, twelve prompts. While we are still making a new plan regarding picking the final winners the topic of “what were the prompts?” has been asked in our Facebook group.

While we are still making a new plan regarding picking the final winners the topic of “what were the prompts?” has been asked in our Facebook group. That got me thinking that 12 prompts to kickstart your platform might be a good topic to post about.

So here they are.

12 prompts to kickstart your platform

What other prompts would you add?

My mum is a vampire hunter

My mum was the last person I expected to save us. She’s just so timid and small. Who would have thought that she, of all people, was a vampire hunter?

What happens next?

I’ve always been a fan of unlikely heroes and it seems, from that introduction that this mum is the least likely vampire hunter ever.

  • How did you get into danger to start with?
  • How does mum save you?
  • What’s your reaction to being saved by your mum?
  • What happens next?

Do you ever find out…

  • How long has she been hunting vampires?
  • Why she hunt vampires?
  • How she kept this a secret from you?

So many questions raised by this prompt. I can’t wait to see what you make out of it. Drop a link back to this post so I can read your work.

A character I most regret killing off

As writers, we often form a close connection to our favourite characters. Sometimes though, these characters are destined by plot or by design to die.

As we said in the last prompt (Favourite line that you cut from a story) it is an often repeated truism that:

In writing, you must kill your darlings

That applies just as much to characters as it does to excessive prose.

For today’s platform prompt, tell us about a character you most regret killing off.

Why would I write about that?

I still hold that it is true that there is something wonderful about getting to see inside the editing process of a writer. Never more so than when talking about the characters you would have liked to have kept alive or that you regret killing off.

You never know what will hook a reader into buying a book but if you are willing to share some of your passion for your story, that passion can infect new readers.

We said of sharing favourite cut lines:

There is little or no downside to sharing much loved but ultimately cut moments from a work but plenty of potential upsides. If only because it gives you something to write about on your blog while you edit.

The same is true of sharing favourite characters that you finished off in some gruesome way.

Don’t make this one mistake

There is one mistake you can make when sharing your regret over the death of a character. One mistake you must never make.

That mistake is major plot spoilers. Do not post unmarked spoilers unless you want very unhappy fans.

Without any spoilers, which character do you wish you had not killed off?

I was the chosen one but I said “no”

The trope of “the chosen one” is so common that I think we all know what it means. So what would happen if the chosen one took a long look at the call to heroism and then said “nope“?

That’s what this week’s Fiction Friday prompt is all about.

I was the chosen one but I said “no”

  • How did you know you were the chosen one?
  • What were you chosen to do?
  • Why did you say “no”?
  • What form did your refusal to be the chosen one take?
  • What happened as a result?

As always, we’d love to read what you write. If you link to this post, and your system supports sending pings or trackbacks, we will get notified and can come and read it.

Hmm, we need a new idea

I am not always the fastest when it comes to realising something just in not working. I’m more of the “must try harder” school of thought.

That said, I can see that my big idea for the grand finish is not being run up too many flag poles for a salute.

I figured combining Reddit (which can be great for traffic) with the final vote was the best option. Reddit, I reasoned, allows anyone to sign up. We can all post our stuff and all vote for a winner.

Like I say from time to time:

I’m moving to theory. Everything works there.

Reddit, for all I think it is great for platform building is not a place you guys seem happy to play.

Maybe, if I had been paying a bit more attention, I might have figured this out sooner.

I am at a bit of a loss as to what to suggest for the final vote. There was so much great content written during the contest that it seems a shame not to have a vote for a winner.

The floor is open. Who would like to take the mic and make a suggestion?

This pen is too dangerous to use

For this week’s (slightly very late) Fiction Friday prompt we have a pen that is too dangerous to use.

For some reason, this prompt got caught in draft and I never hit publish. Sorry.

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword and in this case…

This pen is too dangerous to use

As always, we have some initial questions that come to mind for this prompt.

  • Why is this pen so dangerous?
  • How did you find out?
  • What happened?
  • Where did this pen come from?
  • What are you going to do now?

If you write to this prompt, we’d love to see what you make of it. Drop us a line so we can read your work.

I think I might be a god

You have reached a startling conclusion – maybe you are a god.

This week’s Fiction Friday prompt is what do you do if you think you are a god?

I think I might be a god

Each week I post a prompt I also try and post some of the obvious questions that the prompt raises. Here are the ones that this one raises for me.

  • When did you first suspect you were a god
  • What makes you think that you are a deity?
  • What sort of god or goddess are you?
  • Do you have god powers and if so what?
  • Are you a metaphorical god?

If you write to this prompt, please link back to this post so we can read your creation. I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Plotting or Pantsing: What is best for me?

And so we come to the last theme of our competition. One last hurrah and then the big vote off. Back when I was thinking up this idea I thought that ending on a reflection about if planning or discovery writing was best was a great idea for platform building. You guys have taken things in an interesting direction and I have no idea what you will do with this one.

Competition Theme

This is the theme for this week. Closing date to have posted it online is midnight on Monday the 29th.

Plotting or Pantsing:
What is best for me?

You can write anything you want that fits that theme. As little or as much as you feel you need to. If you are new to this and joining us late welcome, thank you for joining us, please see week one’s post and the FAQ if you need more information.

Pantsing, for those that don’t know, is where you make up the story as you go and “fly by the seat of your pants”. The opposite is plotting, where you plan the plot out in advance. I used to be a pantser but I am more of a plotter these days.

How to win

There will still be a “best post” and “best comment” but as you might have realised by now, we no longer have a “most comments”. Instead, there will be a “most votes on Reddit” section. This week, and going forward for the last few weeks, the Reddit section will be a special one created for the competition. This is also where the grand, overall, winner will be chosen by you.

Sometime after this post goes live I will be picking out winners. I hope you guys have written something great for me to read (I’ve seen some of them so I know that you have).