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Day/Story #12 – Prompt #1: Kidnapped (Part 4)

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #11, and prompt #1, part 3 in the book. The orange text is what the initial prompt was.

Previously…
I’ve been missing for three days. I can tell because there’s a tiny, high window in here and I’ve kept myself awake since they threw me in here and locked the door, but that’s all I know. I assume the entire Silent Guild isn’t sleeping either, considering my safety is their most important gig, but who knows, this could be an inside job. I was on my way to my part-time job at McDonald’s when people in black pickups kidnapped me. They’re treating me fairly well for a kidnapping. There’s even a couch in the cellar! After sleeping for a while, I wake up to a nice breakfast waiting for me. I figure I’ll pretend to sleep at lunchtime so I could find out who is bringing it to me. I open my eyes just a crack and finally see who is giving me nice food. I have to look twice, but sure enough, it is my dead best friend, Hyacinth. Or at least that’s what I think. Later at dinnertime, I confront her and find out that it is not Hyacinth, it is a being who becomes the person you love most. This makes me pause. Is Hyacinth the person I love most? What about my family? And is this the thing that kidnapped me?

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Day/Story #11 – Prompt #1: Kidnapped (Part 3)

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #11, and prompt #1, part 3 in the book. The orange text is what the initial prompt was.

Previously…
I’ve been missing for three days. I can tell because there’s a tiny, high window in here and I’ve kept myself awake since they threw me in here and locked the door, but that’s all I know. I assume the entire Silent Guild isn’t sleeping either, considering my safety is their most important gig, but who knows, this could be an inside job. I was on my way to my part-time job at McDonald’s when people in black pickups kidnapped me. They’re treating me fairly well for a kidnapping. There’s even a couch in the cellar! After sleeping for a while, I wake up to a nice breakfast waiting for me. I figure I’ll pretend to sleep at lunchtime so I could find out who is bringing it to me. I open my eyes just a crack and finally see who is giving me nice food. I have to look twice, but sure enough, it is my dead best friend, Hyacinth.

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Day/Story #10 – Prompt #1: Kidnapped (Part 2)

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #10, and prompt #1, part 2 in the book. The orange text is what the initial prompt was.

Previously…
I’ve been missing for three days. I can tell because there’s a tiny, high window in here and I’ve kept myself awake since they threw me in here and locked the door, but that’s all I know. I assume the entire Silent Guild isn’t sleeping either, considering my safety is their most important gig, but who knows, this could be an inside job. I was on my way to my part-time job at McDonald’s when people in black pickups kidnapped me. They’re treating me fairly well for a kidnapping. There’s even a couch in the cellar! I lay on the couch, close my eyes, and sleep for eighteen hours or so.

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Day/Story #9 – Prompt #1: Kidnapped (Part 1)

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #9, and prompt #1, part 1 in the book. Today, this wasn’t a challenge, but I made it longer than other ones I’ve done.

Prompt: I’ve been missing for three days. I can tell because there’s a tiny, high window in here and I’ve kept myself awake since they threw me in here and locked the door, but that’s all I know. I assume the entire Silent Guild isn’t sleeping either, considering my safety is their most important gig, but who knows, this could be an inside job. I was on my way to…

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Day/Story #8 – Prompt #129: Therapy

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #8, and prompt #129 in the book. I didn’t really have a challenge today, but I did switch it to first-person point of view because this story felt better and easier to write that way.

Prompt: I knew it wasn’t fair to keep my telepathy a secret. It was an unfair advantage to say the least, but it made me a top-notch therapist. “You always call me on my BS, Charlie!” they would say. My patients rarely left me, and I was in high demand with a long wait list. When Peter, my first new patient in years, jolted in his chair and looked at me outraged, I knew I had finally…

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Day/Story #7 – Prompt #107: Unattended

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #7, and prompt #107 in the book. Today, my challenge was to make it exactly one page long.

Prompt: Ted opened the door of the pet shop to complete pandemonium. All the cages were open, and rabbits were nibbling on the cardboard cutout of the famous pet psychic holding expensive dog food. A snake…

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Day/Story #6 – Prompt #143: Ghost

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #6, and prompt #143 in the book. Today, my challenge was to sum up a few main points in the life of my character.

Prompt: I have been haunting this museum for thirty-nine years. I like to think my presence has helped to keep the place interesting to its clientele. The newspapers call me the…

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Day/Story #5 – Prompt #48: Secret

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #5, and prompt #48 in the book. Today, my challenge was to take the story in a bit of a different direction.

Prompt: I’ve only ever told this story to my cat. No one else knows, not even my therapist — but who tells their therapist everything, right? It’s not like I’m ashamed or anything, but…

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Day/Story 4 – Prompt #47: Christmas

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #4, and prompt #47 in the book. Today, my challenge was to keep it a short scene with little to no story arc.

Prompt: Christmas had always been his favorite time of year. He was all in, from the decorations to the carols, even the cheesy sweaters. His whole family came together every year without fail, but this time when he walked into the house, he saw someone whose presence surprised him. He was shaken, speechless, and…

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Day/Story #3 – Prompt #120: Dragon

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #2, and prompt #120 in the book. Today, my challenge was to not hint or acknowledge at all that dragons don’t exist.

Prompt: You just can’t reason with dragons, especially when your arms are full of grocery bags and its tail is preventing your trunk from opening. It just looked at me sleepily, as if it were the one being inconvenienced. I was going to have to…

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Day/Story #1 – Prompt #80: Spiderman?

I have a book called Complete the Story and it has 150 interesting writing prompts. I recommend it to anyone who often faces writer’s block. I am going to try to do one a day. This is day #1, and prompt #80 in the book. Today, my challenge was putting in something obscure and portraying it in a thoughtful way.

Prompt:
I shouldn’t have joked about superpowers when that weird spider bit me. Sure, I’ve read too many comic books, but I’m a sane and reasonable person. Surely it’s just my imagination that I can…

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Vaughan Museum 1

Chapter 1: Vaughan Museum

A bundle of tourists frenzies around the room, snapping pictures, pretending to read the signs, and touching them. I somehow swim upstream far enough to find my favorite bench, in the corner, at the entrance to the bird exhibit.

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