Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 25

Three, two, one, _____.

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What’s your next move?

Why is it important to you?

Does it help you accomplish a larger goal?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 24

Four rabbits sit and wait for you in your front yard.

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Are the rabbits symbolic?

Is there a message they can help you realize?

How do they behave once you arrive home?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 23

You can’t make a mistake.

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Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Is the fear of making a mistake preventing you from taking a certain action?

Could you recover if this mistake happened?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 22

He didn’t want to wear mismatched socks, but there was no time to change them.

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Where is this person going?

Who will he see?

Why is he running late?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 21

She wore a backless dress and heels. Her friend wore jeans and a winter coat. They had different ideas about what “having dinner on Saturday night” meant.

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How do these two women know each other?

What will they talk about over dinner?

Where are they meeting?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 20

You’re debating whether or not to send the email.

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What does the email say?

Why are you hesitant to send it?

Who is the email for?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 19

He looked like a black and white photo, even in daylight.

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Who is this person?

How do you know him?

What qualities make someone look like a black and white photo?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 18

Too much enchilada sauce.

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Who made the enchilada sauce?

Was it mild or spicy?

Can the extra sauce be used on another type of food?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 17

Don’t make art. Be art.

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What do you consider art?

What do you consider not art?

How can your existence become artistic?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 16

After spotting her next meal, the pigeon swooped down from the sky to the sidewalk, only to discover a pile of disappointing romaine lettuce.

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Where was the pigeon originally flying to?

What would she have preferred to eat instead?

How did the pile of lettuce get on the sidewalk?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 15

Upon further inspection, the toaster oven was deeper than it appeared.

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Who is interacting with the toaster oven?

Where are they located?

What inspired the person/people to look at the appliance in a different way?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 14

He had blisters underneath his toes and a green smoothie in his right hand.

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What were the blisters from?

How long have the blisters been on his feet?

Why does he have a green smoothie, rather than another type of beverage?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 13

You may not be able to finish today, but you’ve started building.

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What are you building?

What is its purpose?

How can you keep improving it?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 12

The dimly lit room makes it difficult to see.

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What are you looking at?

Why isn’t there more light?

How did you arrive at this location?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 11

While reaching for a doughnut, you spill your salad on the floor.

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Are you going to make another salad?

Do you still want the doughnut?

Where are you located when this happens?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 10

It’s what you want.

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What is it?

How can you move closer to it?

Are there similar options you could also consider?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 9

Because you’re in no mood for delayed gratification, you check off an item on your to-do list before it is completed.

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Why have you lost your patience?

What task did the item describe?

Will you ever complete the task?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 8

You walk past someone who’s wearing a pleasant-smelling but subtle perfume/cologne.

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Who does this person want to smell good for?

When did they get this perfume/cologne? Recently? Years ago?

How does the perfume/cologne make them feel?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 7

Three squirrels chase and attack each other on a tennis court.

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What are they arguing about?

How do the squirrels know each other?

Is a peaceful resolution possible today, or is this an ongoing dispute?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 6

A freshly washed stainless steel strainer hangs from a nail on a kitchen wall.

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What type of meal/food preparation was this strainer just used for?

Who used it?

What other kitchen tools or appliances are near the strainer?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 5

A hot bowl of soup sits on a table beside a person with an empty stomach and a burnt tongue.

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What type of soup is it?/ How was it made?

Where is the person located?

Why is he or she hungry?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No.4

A thick phone book hangs below a pay phone. The receiver is off the hook.

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Who was the last person to use this pay phone?

Where is it located?

Is it broken? If so, how did it break?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 3

High. Low. Off.

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What type of device has those settings?

How often is it used?

Who owns it?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 2

A stranger asks you, “Can I use your car to charge my iPhone?”
How do you respond?

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Where are you located when this conversation happens?

What is the stranger wearing?

Who else is around?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt No. 1

Smart writing stems from consistent practice.

Once a week, I’ll be publishing a writing prompt you can use as an outlet for your creativity — a starting point for writing something satisfying, whether it’s a short story, the beginning of a novel, or an interesting blog post.

A fresh prompt will be delivered every Monday, and each prompt will include three suggestions about how you can start writing your own unique story. I provide a few details and your imagination should fill in the rest.

This week’s writing prompt is below.

An empty, leopard-print suitcase in a deserted, dirt field

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Who did/does this suitcase belong to?

How did it get to the dirt field?

What used to be in the suitcase/What will be in the suitcase in the future?

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