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So I've noticed that people sometimes do fic writing that uses writing prompts that seem like writing exercises, albeit enjoyable ones ... "50 Things" is one such.

Where does one find these prompts?

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sanada
Jan. 25th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of LJ communities for writing prompts, but I think the best known (and possibly the original English one) one is 30_kisses. Sometimes they're translated from similar prompts on Japanese websites. If 30 is too many there are ones with 10 or less... 7_snogs is the only one I can think of though. ^_^; You usually have to claim a specific series/pairing and join the community, but for the Japanese ones you can just write or draw without claiming anything (although the work is usually restricted to one pairing).
chomiji
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)

I'll check those out at home - a little afraid of what I might find here ... . Tonight's a good night for it, with nothing but a haircut scheduled before noon tomorrow!

chomiji
Jan. 26th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)

Clearly I stayed up too late - it took me ages to find where the 30 themes were!

I'll have to think about that one - no one's doing SDK at the moment, so they're all free.

telophase
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Or one creates a community and makes them up. :)

(Or one goes to the random art prompt generator and chooses the "simple" option, as many of the one-word options I stole from various writing prompts I found online. XD Well, I tended to choose synonyms, rather than the exact prompts, but still.)
chomiji
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

Never fear, I haven't forgotten your prompt generator! But I like the idea of the discipline of doing the large number of set prompts. This week at work, I finally got my manager to basically list out specific tasks by priority - it's what I needed at this rather turbulent moment in my life. Similarly, there are times when I think my creativity might need the exercise of some very specific and small assignments.

(And I haven't forgotten the ransom idea, either - I need to download the original story at home and start putting some bits into a file. I've already been hashing through "what would be different" and "what would be close to the same" while washing dishes, which is a great time to think ... cooking uses too much brainpower to work that way.)

telophase
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've got a list of 100 prompts from a Japanese art prompts translation somewhere...here we go here and here. I'm sure they could be turned to drabbles and short-shorts just as easily as artworks.

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smillaraaq
Jan. 25th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Red's done a bunch for 100_Roadtrips, which is Saiyuki-drabble-specific, and macavitykitsune has done a list for 30hugs, which looks like it's another generic multifandom prompt comm like 30 Kisses. She's also done some DIY prompt series by picking a word for each letter of the alphabet and using that as a drabble theme. And if you want excuses to play with graphics there are icon prompt communities too...

chomiji
Jan. 26th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)

30hugs link is giving me an error ... I'll poke around on macavitykitsune's when I'm more awake!

smillaraaq
Jan. 26th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
D'oh, I fatfingered and left out an underscore -- 30_hugs. And I don't think she has the Alphabets series on her journal, it's up at the Pit.
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redbrunja
Jan. 25th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I like to do those 50 words, one sentence each prompts, and for those I go to either 1sentence or 1fandom
chomiji
Jan. 26th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)

Yeah - that's what I was looking for!

Now I have to see how brave I feel.

Thanks!

redbrunja
Jan. 26th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. Who/What are you thinking of writing?
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ipperne
Jan. 26th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
there's 10 Settings too.
Maybe I get time to do that one eventually^^
chomiji
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)

The trouble with that one is it's heavily oriented toward modern settings. I guess I could do it with a Fruits Basket character or something.

ipperne
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
or a Gravitation character, if you feel for it...
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