Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Evil Flash Fiction by Patrick M. Tracy

Writing Prompts Via Dice Roll:

By Patrick M. Tracy

So, you have to begin a story. You don’t know what you’re going to do. Something. Something clearly needs to be done. Ideas? Yeah. None of those around.

How can you get out of this soul-sucking well of despair? Well, if you have some dice, we can get you started. You’ll just need one six-sided die, actually. Probably a flat surface. An environment that features gravity. Possibly a writing utensil.

Use as many or as few of the categories as you wish. Re-roll if the combination turns into peanut butter and sauerkraut. Or don’t. Maybe it’ll be awesome to write a literary story from the point of view of an inanimate object in outer space. Stranger things have happened.

Have fun. Above all else, write some cool stuff.

Genre:

1: Horror
2: Fantasy
3: Sci-Fi
4: For Realsies Lit
5: Romance
6: Western

Protagonist:

1: Male
2: Female
3: Somewhere in the Spectrum
4: Not altogether human
5: Waay not human
6: Possibly an inanimate object

Plot Arc:

1: Person learns better
2: Person meets other person
3: Coming of age
4: Clever Tailor
5: Everyone gets killed in the face
6: Artsy and abstract shit no one understands

Tone:

1: Grim n’ Gritty
2: Sad n’ Sobby
3: Heroic
4: Upbeat
5: Earnest
6: Haz Jokes, Much Funny

Setting:

1: Normal Earth
2: Weird Earth
3: Not-Earth planet
4: Outer Spaaaace!
5: Like, real outer space
6: You’re going to have to explain, because it’s weird

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2 Responses to “Writing Prompts Via Dice Roll:”

  1. Awesome, thanks for the ideas!

  2. […] Last month we had a workshop at the Infinite Monkeys meeting based solely on flash fiction – a fancy term for super short stories under 1000 words. The workshop part was when we were given 15 minutes to write something based on what we’d learned. But there was also a twist. We left the major structures of the story up to chance by rolling the dice to decide what the stories would be about. (Want to try this yourself? Find the Writing Prompts by Dice Roll from creator Patrick M. Tracy HERE.) […]


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