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A Writing Prompt
Sunday, February 1st, 2009

People always ask writers where they get their inspiration for new stories. The automatic answer that most often comes is, “Everywhere.”

Case in point. I was cleaning out my photo files tonight—mostly looking for unflattering pics of myself (I cull them ruthlessly!)—when I came across this one. It’s blurred. Elle James, Sylvia Day, and Jordan Summers are almost unrecognizable, and the background is overexposed. But my finger hesitated on the mouse while I contemplated deleting it.

Why? It’s creepy. And the longer I looked at it, the creepier it got. I started the old “what if” question all writers ask themselves when they start brainstorming a new project. “What if a woman takes pictures of friends in a familiar place, but the ghostly background isn’t the same one she snapped? What if she’s seeing how that same place looked fifty years ago, a hundred years ago, or five hundred?” And off my imagination went…

10 comments to “A Writing Prompt”

  1. Sylvia Day
    · February 1st, 2009 at 2:04 am · Link

    If you write a story where the three of us are sucked into some time warp/haunted mansion/etc. can you write in some hunky, well-endowed guy for me? And make me skinnier and prettier?

    Pretty please…

  2. Delilah Devlin
    · February 1st, 2009 at 2:20 am · Link

    I PROMISE yours will be the best-endowed and you will be a goddess (that would only be the truth)!!! :mrgreen:

  3. Brandy Walker
    · February 1st, 2009 at 8:54 am · Link

    Y’all are too funny. I do think that would be a good premise for a story though. You just proved that inspiration can come from anything.

  4. Elle James
    · February 1st, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    You really should have hit the delete. But I’m with Sylvia, please make me beautiful, young and skinny and give me a hunkilicious hero!

  5. Shayla Kersten
    · February 1st, 2009 at 10:16 am · Link

    *shiver* Your mind is so warped! But that’s what makes you so much fun!

  6. Delilah Devlin
    · February 1st, 2009 at 11:08 am · Link

    So sis wants her own hero, but I alread promised the best-endowed to Sylvia. Sorry, sis!

  7. Jordan Summers
    · February 1st, 2009 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I’m thinking the younger skinnier thing is a must. *ggg* I already have the guy. 😉 (wg)

    As for your premise, I was thinking… what if you take a picture of your friends, but when you look at the picture instead of seeing smiling faces you see something far scarier. You look up and nothing has changed with their appearance, so you take another picture figuring it’s just your camera. Unfortunately, the same gruesome creatures are staring back in the new photo. Now you have to pretend that everything is normal. 🙂 BWAAAAAA!

  8. Delilah Devlin
    · February 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm · Link

    WICKED, Jordan!!!!

  9. Fedora
    · February 2nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm · Link

    See, this is why you’re writers, and I’m not! I look at it and think, huh, I’d better check the auto-focus on this… 🙂 Can’t wait to read the stories inspired by this 😉

  10. Delilah Devlin
    · February 2nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm · Link

    I know, we’re always seeing monsters. We take a very twisted view of everything!

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