We assign three objects to one another and each must write a story that includes every element.
Here are the prompts from our Saturday night session:
I assigned Ron:
• A staple gun
We assigned our 11-year-old:
• A mouse
If you want someone to pick three items for you to use in your OWN story, give your Facebook friends or Twitter followers a shout-out for help. Or, ask an online writing group like the Writer’s Digest Community or Ticket to Write Yahoo Group—or even email a friend or text a family member, requesting three random objects.
No one to play with you? Pick up a book and turn to a random page, selecting the first noun you come across. You can also do this with a dictionary, encyclopedia, magazine, Magnetic Poetry kit, CD song list and so on. Or just look around you, picking three items that you see.
Go ahead and try it!
Here’s the first line of my story using the three objects my husband assigned to me:
“She knew the tank of propane would come in handy, especially after Diane stole her book idea.”
“Noah rides his bike now and then. He doesn’t ride all the time. Sometimes, when he drinks coffee, he gets energy. The next day, he takes his coffee on the porch. Before he could drink it, he saw that a mouse had died next to the step.”
Here some three-item lists for you to use in your own stories; feel free to mix and match! In fact, I’d love to read any stories you write based on any of these words—or your own Three Item Writing Prompts!
yellow chrysanthemums topaz ring jack-o-lantern
monocle cell phone theater ticket
spoon false eyelashes cup of dirt
½-gallon purple paint comb ice cube
used teabag jellyfish typewriter
Kleenex snowman sculpture jackhammer
I'd love to read anything you come up with using the 3 Item Writing Prompt, so feel free to tell me about it!