Thomas Kirk

Todays assignment: Build your own fictional world, one character at a time (1) Thomas is another character from the romance novel I’m writing. He is 35 years old, and in the beginning of the story he is the boyfriend of and lives together with the protagonist Jane, until he does something really stupid. Thomas is […]

The Hill Strangler

Todays assignment: Write a story that begins: “The last time I saw my mother was fifteen years ago.” Richard opened the cupboard over the sink and took two cups and two saucers out of it. “Would you like some biscuits with your tee?” he asked. The other man shook his head. “Are you sure? They […]

To be a man on the moon

Todays assignment: By the early 1990’s more than 30,000 Americans held reservations with Pan Am airlines for a trip to the moon. Write about one of these people. For as long as he could remember, James had wanted to do thing differently. As a boy he had been the one with the highest stilts, a […]

A case of Alzheimer light

Todays assignment: Begin a story with a character who has lost something important to them The sun shone and it almost looked like spring, but it was freezing. Gregory had left home just in his jacket; no hat, no scarf, no gloves, and now he felt cold, so he walked faster, and when he turned […]

Little brother

Todays assignment: Write from the point-of-view of a woman who had an abortion today. Do not mention the abortion. Oh, there were so many reasons. Where do I start? I’ve only come to the country recently and don’t really know the system yet, but what I’ve seen so far does not impress me. My doctors […]

Five years tops!

Todays assignment: Thirty-four percent of new American public school teachers say they plan to quit their profession within five years.  Write about one of them. Mr. Gunderson walked slowly along the corridor. It was noon on the day before summer vacation and the school was unusually quiet. Most of the doors to the class rooms […]

He had it coming

Write from the point of view of someone who committed a murder today. Do not mention the murder. He shouldn’t have done that. For the first time in years I was actually happy. Really happy. I am a good person. Have always been. And I was too good for him. That jackass! I would have […]

Getting dressed for a summer day

Todays assignment: Begin a story with a character getting dressed. Be sure to note sizes, designer labels, and any holes or stains in the fabric. A persons choice of clothing will reveal worlds about their motivation, how they perceive themselves, how they want to be perceived by others and more. The towel that had been […]

The adventures of a five dollar bill

Todays assignment: Trace the journey of a five dollar bill through the lives of five different owners. What was exchanged during the transactions? How much (or how little) did the transaction mean to each of the people involved? The five dollar bill was lying in a pink, heart shaped piggy bank together with two twenty […]

The man in the chair

Today’s assignment: Write a ’locked room’ mystery (In a traditional locked room mystery, a dead body is discovered alone in a room that has been locked from the inside.) By the time they found him he had been dead for about two weeks. It was summer; the longest and hottest in decades, and even so […]