Writing Prompts for the Flying M-Inklings

Our writing prompt this week was a challenge.  Every day we’ll be posting a new response to the following prompt: First line: Manipulating people is so easy. I almost stopped doing it; almost. In the text: I can’t help it. I lie all the time. Last line: Sometimes it’s best not to go home again Our first submission is from Colby Stream.  Let us know what you think! Manipulating people is so easy. I almost stopped doing it; almost.  But then how would people learn? I walked down the busy sidewalk, searching for my mark. The email had come in that morning. Anonymous, but clear: the mark would be sitting … Read more…

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Nanny Cam

I crouched over a computer in the darkness of the basement. It was still early morning, my family dead asleep. The computer had one purpose: store video from the nanny cam placed in my son’s room.  I’d placed it one week ago while he was at Saturday’s Baseball practice. It sat on his desk, disguised inside a candy dispenser. From the vantage point it captured all but the entrance.  I heaved a breath, anticipating what I might find. I had begun to suspect, and had looked for clues, but only recently had thought of this plan. I had to know. Had to find out.  The recording began right away with … Read more…

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Say Something or STFU

Always write with a message. Every piece you publish should have a message, a purpose behind it. A piece without a purpose is just words. I need to say up front: I’m not talking about free writing. You should write just to write, but you publish with a purpose. Why a purpose? Your readers give you their time; don’t waste it. ‘Purpose’ can be wide and sweeping: To get to know a character. People love connecting with people — even fictional ones. To educate. To persuade. To entertain. The other week I started an article, but couldn’t finish it. I put it away, as I often do, to let it … Read more…

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Flying M-Inklings Writing Contest – “Rising Up”

Writing Contest

CONTEST RULES: Theme – “Rising Up” Contest is open to writers 18 years and older. Entries must be original, previously unpublished pieces, 500-1500 words in length, and written in English. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Essays, fiction, and memoir will be accepted—no poetry. Pieces will be judged on their creativity, style, passion, voice, and a compelling story line or message, based on the theme “Rising Up”. They will be judged anonymously. The deadline to enter is midnight, Mountain Time on Friday, July 10, 2015. Winners will be announced on the Flying M-Inklings Website and Facebook page on July 25. The contest winner will receive a $50 Visa … Read more…

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The Scientist and The Assistant

The scientist sits in the middle of his lab on a old, wooden chair. His son built it for him many years before. He crouches forward and rests his chin on a cane, deep in thought. The scientist’s assistant waits, silently and attentively, near a polished steel workbench. His master can hardly walk, much less perform experiments. His hands are his master’s hands; His feet are his master’s feet. What his master directs, he does. This day is different, although neither the scientists nor the assistant knows it, yet. “Johann,” the scientist says, “mix the third vial with the fifth. Shake this time. Do not stir.” Johann complies. “Now heat it … Read more…

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Be Empowered by Writing with Filters

My earliest writing memory, at perhaps age nine, involves sitting at the kitchen table writing about bears. The story was about a mama bear and two cubs during hibernation. The cubs go out to have fun and get in trouble, but mama bear saves them. They go back to the cave and sleep for the rest of the season. Nice story. I might have ripped it off from somewhere. My mom read it, handed it back and told me to revise. Make it better. She didn’t make any notations of her own, just told me to revise. Later in life as I was reading a book for leisure, my aunt stopped me … Read more…

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