I love it when I find new prompts!
As yesterday I opened up the website for Writing Exercises, I saw a brand new page about SETTINGS. My eyes lit up.
Today I clicked on all the buttons and tried to tick all the boxes. Here’s the prompt:
Take a random setting and write the story springing up from it. Take 10 minutes.
SETTING: It’s mid-afternoon. There’s a strong wind blowing. You’re in a forest. The atmosphere is barren.
I didn’t even think there could be wind in a forest, but I guess this place barely counts as one. There are countless trees around me, yet not one leaf on their branches. Then only green I see is that of the weeds, indomitable parasites, fearless survivors.
I know I should be home before it’s dark, so I look up at the sky: the sun is still up high, plenty of time.
My steps resound in loud cracks, as I brace myself to walk against a wind that feels like a solid wall pushing me back. It’s almost as if something is trying to keep me away. Away from what? That’s what I am here to find out and I have no intention of falling back on my steps.
I know something has happened to turn all those trees in wooden skeletons. The same thing that has hit my grandparents’ house and garden. They too have been left for skeletons.
I know this is the start of something. I just can’t quite see where it goes.
I guess I have to keep on walking through that forest…