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The Daily Prompt – “And Then…” *Audience Participation Required


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.

The Prompt: 

There’s an improvisation game we’re playing where one team attempts to solve a central conflict and the other team attempts to develop the conflict– There is an actor on stage, and each team takes it in turn to suggest what happens next in the story.

Actor-“Help I’m lost in the woods!”

1-And then you remember you have a map

2-And then the wind gusts the map out of your hand

1-And then a bird catches it in its beak and flies it back to your hand…

and so it goes

For today’s prompt – I will begin the comments with a statement that establishes a central conflict and then each comment will alternate between attempting to help solve the conflict or heightening the conflict.  (Basically, you read all the comments to follow the flow of the story and then add the appropriate type of comment based on whoever went last.)

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

8 comments on “The Daily Prompt – “And Then…” *Audience Participation Required

  1. JG Allan
    February 6, 2014

    You are running late for work and you can’t find your car keys.

  2. Anjana @ How She Writes
    February 6, 2014

    “Where are my car keys?” I fumed, , rummaging through the drawer.
    Looking out the window now. Oh wait, I was supposed to carpool with John today. There’s his car coming up the driveway.

    • Anjana @ How She Writes
      February 6, 2014

      Sorry, that was long. Here is a better response to the first statement.

      And then I remembered, John was coming to pick me up. There’s his car coming up the driveway.

    • JG Allan
      February 6, 2014

      Unfortunately, as John pulled into the driveway his car was making a strange clunking sound. As he threw it into park there was the unmistakable hiss of air escaping a tire. Before he even made it to the door it was easy to see that front passenger tire had completely deflated.

  3. Anjana @ How She Writes
    February 6, 2014

    And then we decided to make a dash to the bus stop. With luck, we should be able to catch the 8:25 bus.

  4. John Fugman
    February 6, 2014

    The 8:25 bus arrived precisely when it was supposed to. Unfortunately, it brought along a whole new set of problems. The entire bus was filled with mariachi bands. John thought ‘damn, the mariachi festival starts today!’

  5. Anjana @ How She Writes
    February 6, 2014

    And them, he burst out singing!

  6. Kendra Virgin
    February 6, 2014

    John’s joyous tune is delightfully uplifting and causes many passers by to join in the celebration. Unfortunately the rather busty woman standing behind you is Gabriella Fontare a locally know opera singer and she is over come by the her love of music and releases a shatteringly high note which causes the buses windows to fracture. The bus driver dismally announce to the nearby crowd that the bus is inoperative.

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