No idea if this will be helpful or not, but... maybe! I have no special expertise, no experience with writing prompts, no aspirations to greatness. But I'm bossy, so... I've got that going for me! In this thread, if you want, post about something that's getting in the way of your writing, and I will set challenges (totally non-binding and in no way enforceable) that I, in my dubious wisdom, think may help you get past your current issue. (And if any of these challenges lead you to run back to your WIP with new enthusiasm, feel free to abandon the challenge. They're just meant to kick your creativity into gear, not to create a final product. Unless you're inspired to do so...) (And if anyone has their own challenge for themselves and wants to post here as a way of making it more publicly accountable, that's cool, too.) From other threads, I know that @Mckk is struggling to get inspired, to keep going on her years-old WIP, to find something that excites her. My challenge for @Mckk is... songfic! @Mckk, if you chose to accept this challenge - find one line or stanza from a song (or, if you're better with instrumental music, I guess you could try for one passage from an instrumental piece) and write the story behind it. It doesn't need to be a full story; it could just be an outline, or a quick summary, but it should be something you want to think about for a while. If you're stuck on finding a lyric, I will go to my guy, Mr. Springsteen, and suggest: You can hide 'neath your covers And study your pain Make crosses from your lovers Throw roses in the rain Waste your summer praying in vain For a saviour to rise from these streets Well now I'm no hero That's understood All the redemption I can offer girl Is beneath this dirty hood With a chance to make it good somehow Hey what else can we do now ? - (listen to all of Thunder Road if you want more context) - tell me the backstory on these two. What's been hurting Mary, and how was the narrator part of that? If Bruce isn't your jam, how about: See my old man's got a problem He live with the bottle that's the way it is He says his body's too old for working His body's too young to look like his My mama went off and left him She wanted more from life than he could give I said somebody's got to take care of him So I quit school and that's what I did - (Tracy Chapman's Fast Car for full context) - tell me the story of the daughter finding the mom. Does she blame her or forgive her, or both? What does the mom say? Does she feel guilty, or not?