5 Creative Writing Prompts To Help You Banish The Blank Page – Sports Related
The blank page, we’ve all stared at it. So to send out a little love to my fellow authors I’m sharing a few writing prompts to help add a few words to that scary white space. Once you start the writing process the adrenalin will help you soon fill the page and you will wonder how you got to midnight without a break. Well that’s my hope.
The theme of the writing exercise for today is sport, I hope this may inspire you to build up that word count and add a diversion or a bit of depth to a chapter or two.
Introduce a death at a sporting event
You will no doubt be familiar with the films which have a large sporting event as a way of introducing excitement, especially during a chase. The crowd adds that extra unknown factor, anything could happen. You could go down that route or how about adding in a scene at a small local event? These could be events which happen to one of your main characters or a stranger but the effects somehow impact on your story. A few ideas just to get you started: the bookie has a heart attack just as the winning horse crosses the line and can’t pay out on a big bet. A duel leads to a body lain on the lawn. An intergalactic chess game leads to the loser being banished. A sniper attends a large stadium event, although this has probably been done to death, sorry for the pun!
How does the baddy keep fit?
All baddies should have a hobby although not always the stereotypical fencing, boxing, running. Don’t have a baddy in your story? Then maybe give one of your main characters a flaw which is unknown to their friends, a book full of nice folk may need an element of excitement, just saying. How about giving them a fitness regime similar to your own, this will enable you to go into detail. You may need to add some manic element to give your baddy due ‘fear factor’ unless of course you are a confessed adrenalin junkie who bungees at weekends and does parcour on the way home from the office.
Baddies have to get they kicks in a way that doesn’t conflict with your character’s persona. Keep it convincing, your beer guzzling debt collector most probably isn’t into yoga.
An old college scarf / t-shirt is found…
This one is an easy way of moving past the blank page. Go to your cupboard or trawl the writer’s friend, good old google images, to find a ‘sporting’ item of clothing and add it in to a scene. It could be on a dead body, trapped in a door, discarded in a chase or just pinned on an empty bedroom wall. Easily done.
A big event causes traffic delays, as a result…?
This one is great to add in tension. You must surely recall a day when you were on the way somewhere important and you got delayed. Adrenalin pumps, sweat flows, panic sets in. Just transfer those memories into your story by giving a character a problem with traffic. The FA cup final is stopping London trains, the Monte Carlo rally is in town, a simple car breakdown blocks a road to the local dog track. To make this work your readers need to feel that tension you felt.
Someone places a big bet
Now this one can be adapted in numerous ways. Is it legal? Who places the bet and of course who takes the bet? Win or lose, what is the effect? It could be a small addition to a scene played out in a casino, a distraction for the reader. James Bond is often in casinos, it’s a good place to add the beautiful and glamorous, a hint of romance and of course the baddy. It could be a different gamble, does the hero gamble on having enough oxygen to dive again to the depths?
If you would like to receive my FREE Creative Writing Prompts download please click here
Handy Shopping Links (By using these you are enabling me to continue writing, thank you!) You’ll need a pen and paper too, just click the images to make a start…