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Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: YA Fiction

roadw-2107481_1280This is my last spark for YA fiction. I chose this photo because it can be used in any genre. Who is the girl and why is she hitchhiking? Is she hunting for a friend who disappeared after a murder was committed? Is she on the run from officials because she possesses special powers? Is she crossing the country to start her first year at college and her car has broken down in a remote area without cell reception?

What’s the story you imagine?

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: YA Speculative Fiction

fantasyw1-2704453_1280I used this photo last year during my month on speculative fiction. I like it so much I’m using it again. Something about the girl’s pose intrigues me. And the sun setting on what looks like a steamy summer day in the city. Perfect for a techno noir, like Blade Runner.

Here’s what I wrote last year:

“A whisper of a breeze signaled the coming of night. As the police jets patrolled the city, the broiling sun slid to the horizon. In fifteen minutes, I’d be free. At least for a few hours, sneaking into the cracks and crevices in this city where the patrols either didn’t know about or didn’t go and no cameras watched. I checked my phone. Time to go. I got up and walked over to the street lamp. I wrenched aside a loose metal panel and set my phone inside. Now I was invisible in the city. I went to the door and ran down the steps.”

Now it’s your turn. What’s the story with the teen girl, the futuristic city, and the patrolling jets?

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: YA Historical Fiction

teenagerw-349981_1280One of the perks of writing YA fiction is that you can write in any genre as along as your main character is a teen. This photo caught my attention because it looks like it was taken a hundred years ago, and about 1925, my grandfather severally injured his hand as a teenager. He was firing a muzzleloader that someone had overloaded with gunpowder, and it blew up. He lost the index finger on one hand. His father didn’t think he would be able to use his hand, which had serious consequences on a farm.

He should have know my grandfather better. He was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The doctor told him the exercises he needed to do to regain strength and mobility in his hand. He did them no matter how much it hurt. As an adult, he ran a farm, mined coal, and eventually researched businesses for Dunn and Bradstreet.

What story do you imagine for this character?

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: What’s the Story?

teenagerw-959125_1280This month’s theme is Young Adult fiction. The Sparks will be photos that can ignite a Young Adult story.

What’s the story in the photo above? Who are these kids? Why is there only one girl with eleven boys? With the kids all looking the same age and standing around in the woods, they remind me of my trail group that I led when I chaperoned my oldest and 150 classmates at sixth grade camp for three days. Although making a group of one girl with eleven 12-year-old boys seems cruel. I can imagine her concern.

Lone girl: Miz Allen, my friend Madison is supposed to be in our group.

Me, digging out sheet of paper: She’s not on my list.

Boy #1: So you take the French fries and stuff them up your nose and …

Other boys: Cool!

Lone girl: Can I please go find my friend Madison?

 

 

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: What’s the Story?

peoplew-2592030_1280As distressed as the people are in this photo, they provide a wealth of inspiration for a story. Who are these women? Sisters? Mother and daughter? Friends? Are they sad? Worried? Scared? I think the woman on the left has confessed something, and the one on the right is very moved, either to sadness or anxiety.

What story do you think is the behind the photo?

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