Prompt Me Punk……


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by Kath Unsworth


One fine autumn morning my eldest came to the breakfast table with a problem. She had to write a short story for a competition at school. My eyes lit up, my head started whirling and clicking as a cloud of imaginings hovered above.

“Mum I’m not allowed to have any help.” She said. She was one step ahead of me, stopping  my mouth from opening and spilling a multitude of story possibilities her way. She went on to say she loved writing too, but finding the idea for a story was the hardest decision.

I thought about that and looked across the table grabbing a book I handed it to her. Not a book on inspirational story ideas, no, I handed her the latest edition of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. She looked at me like I was nuts.

“You can make a story from anything.” I said. She flicked through the book and laughed, “some pretty crazy characters in here.” She added. “Prove it.”


Prove it, make a story out of um lets see, she closed the book and  turned to face the cork board on our kitchen wall, her hand landed on the words waste disposal voucher………”This one mum.”

“Waste disposal voucher? TOO EASY!” I said.


I imagined a picture book with a small boy opening his birthday presents he had left the best until last. His grandmothers gift. It was and envelope but that did not faze him his gran was cool and never, ever gave him a lame present. When he opened it he found a voucher for waste disposal and his day ruined. Gran smiled and asked him to look out the window. There in the paddock was a giant elephant. She told him he was going to need the waste disposal unit with a pet like that.


She laughed. “Not bad  Mum.” She left the room with a sparkle in her eye I knew I had inspired her for the day and I could see an idea bubbling above her head.

I then thought about writing prompts, at my writing group I love listening to the different stories from the one writing prompt.

A fun idea popped into my head.


I am never short of ideas for stories but the ones I want to get published I can hardly share here in fine detail,  I still need to practice…..flex those writing muscles as it were. I recall reading somewhere a few years back, that I needed to stop reading books about how to write and start writing, it is the only way to perfect the craft.

Here’s where YOU fit in…

In the comments leave one writing prompt, maybe title of book or first sentence, something creative. Give me one character name (animal, human, anything) because it will be a draft for a picture book. Bear in mind my daughter is going to pick the one she likes.  Keep it rated G folks I might try to get an image sketched to go with it.


I’m waiting, prompt me punk…..I dare you…… leave your prompt and next week maybe yours will be the one my daughter chooses for me.

I will post it next week.

Thanks for reading……..this should be fun, have a great week everyone.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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47 Responses to Prompt Me Punk……

  1. The outstanding wife says:

    Okay… I’m thinking!

  2. Audrey Chin says:

    Ocky wanted a name that would terrify; ‘dwarf leopard’ just didn’t make the grade …

    • Oh Audrey I love this one and the chance to draw a dwarf leopard they are so beautiful, my daughter loves the big cats especially snow leopards, it will be interesting which one she will pick. Thank you for taking the time to leave one.

  3. Joan says:

    Darla looked over her shoulder…

  4. title of a book prompt… The Outsiders…
    character name prompt… Farfalle the Dog
    sentence prompt… “And then something went BUMP!”

    • Dana very cute, we will see which one my daughter chooses, she loves dogs. Thanks. On the beach once I saw the tiniest little puppy all white with one patch over its eye. I wished I had asked the owner for some photos it would have made a great character in a story.

  5. Verti looked up the tree. Life as a squirrel who was afraid of heights was tough.

  6. Prompt: “Common side effects include…”
    Kath, I love the owl. QUEEN IF THE NIGHT! You just keep getting better and better.

    • Susan thanks love the prompt they are all so much fun I wish I had the time to do them all. My daughter will enjoy picking through all these wonderful ideas and it will inspire her creativity too.

  7. diannegray says:

    I chose this one because of the recent photos I took and I can’t seem to shake them from my mind.

    The noise became louder as Lizzy walked through the forest. A dragonfly swooped down and stopped in front of her face. It looked at her for a moment through metallic blue eyes as if trying to warn her. In a second it had shot through the trees followed by a thousand others. Her heart raced. Something was coming…

    Sorry, I got a bit carried away here LOL. I shouldn’t do these prompts because I’m so easily distracted by stories 😀

    • Dianne you are in the zone I go to and get hopelessly lost in story possibilities. I love that you get carried away, so do I and I love your prompt. My daughter is going to read them all in a day or two and decide which one…should be fun no matter which she chooses.

      • diannegray says:

        I do tend to get lost in the ‘zone’ and it took me about ten minutes to shake this one off and get back into my WiP LOL 😀 Best of luck with the prompts – it’s been a load of fun already reading all the others! 😉

  8. Letizia says:

    Bertie the terrier. Puccini the piglet. They are friends in Paris.

    Admission: This was actually inspired by true events but I thought it might make a fun prompt.

    I LOVE your impromptu prompt about the elephant – you are so clever!!

  9. So clever. This is not something I can do at all. I must be inspired. I’m in awe of you.

    • Jacqui it is my curse I enjoy the idea…..of a new story but this year I will finish one completely, words and images to be sure. Thanks to fantastic beta readers for Sugar Goes to the Fair…..such as you.

  10. Della Law says:

    The snake was in trouble, caught up in a snare of brambles, it looked up at her with hope in its eyes…

    • Della a snake would be a challenge, but a good story on how to respect nature. Have you ever read Gary Larsons book There’s a Hair in My Dirt? It is one of my favourite stories on a worm…….

  11. snappychat says:

    The rescue of topsy the tadpole.
    Love the owl sketches

    • Thanks Suzanne he is rather cute, my husband when I first met him had a very lush tropical garden and he was saving tadpoles all the time. We don’t see many out here on the farm, we adore frogs.

      • snappychat says:

        I rescued some tadpoles that were in a puddle back in spring and some of them are still developing I thought they would have all been frogs by now.

        • I think frogs are extra special because they won’t lay eggs unless there is a good dose of rain. I would love the challenge of creating a good froggy character too one day…….so many ideas not enough time lol.

  12. This is so fun! Hmm…. let’s see. Sophie the Pug, in a hot air balloon, looking over a beautiful New Zealand scene as she embarks on her search for adventure.

    We had a Sophie the Pug, but she just tried to take over the world. She was more evil scientist than adventure seeker. 😉

    • Stephanie I love it, my friend has a beautiful new puppy pug dog she would make a great character in your story. So many cool ideas…which one will my daughter choose for me???? We will see. thanks for the tweet you are too sweet!

  13. Sheila says:

    I love your owl. For the prompt…a parrot who gets in trouble for repeating things. Either that or anything with a monkey. 🙂

  14. mrsgillies says:

    Am i too late?
    “Barry the Macaw was having a bad day. His escape plan hadn’t gone smoothly…”

    • Hey Mrs Gillies she is still thinking sounds fun to me especially attempting the illustration thanks for stopping by when I know how many posts you had to read, I hope you caught up lol

      • mrsgillies says:

        I wish! I just singled all of your posts out that I hadn’t read and read them all in one go. Haha. I didn’t want to miss entering my prompt idea! Thanks 🙂

  15. Sara says:

    I don’t know if I’m within the deadline or not, but this reminded me of a story I wrote when I was in gradeschool, probably 3rd or 4th grade. The story began, “There once was a cow named Greedy.” I don’t remember how it turned out, but I’ll never forget that first line.

    Good luck with the story!

  16. Kath, catching up with emails and blogs. Love your idea. Here goes…
    Tootsie (a girl with red pigtails and freckles across her nose, blue eyes) looked over her shoulder and saw….

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  18. Desi Clown says:

    I’m waaaaaaaaay past the deadline here.. That owl looks amazing by the way! This concept you’ve got here is a lovely exercise for creativity. Reminds me of “Whose Line is it Anyway” :p

    But just for fun, how about Mayur the peacock who’s been shipped to another country’s zoo? Mayur is Gujarati for peacock, and also a popular name. The prompt being, “After what seemed like forever, the doors of the cage opened. After his eyes accustomed to the light, he got startled when he saw……”

    • Desi I will be doing another Prompt me Punk soon. I love your prompt, thank you for reading one of my old posts I appreciate that. By the way I use to live in London for a spell and enjoyed watching the original “Whose line is it Anyway.” One of my favourites.

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