List—perpetually ongoing prompts edition

Collating ideas for (possibly somehow segmented) short stories. A list of ideas meant either as a springboard into bigger things, or even to fill in that last little piece of the puzzle missing in something already created.

Please feel free to use any or all of these for anything and everything—I only ask to see the end result, which, unless you are adverse to it, will have a link posted here to match the end results with the prompts. This has the potential to become very collective and connecting and interactive, and I’d love nothing more than to cultivate that. So, all you writers, poets, artists, musicians, and creators of all types, please take part and share what you make.


So far:

•Lighthouse (1)
•Ambulance ride
•Gypsum
•Collarbone (1)
•Supernova
•Leviathan
•Labyrinth
•Nautilus
•Broken guitar/piano
•Gears of a clock
•Sense of time/lack of time/outside of time
•Tesla coil
•Fragments
•Conversations of mass
•Ash
•Minerals/stones
•Bones (1)
•”The Company”
•Ghosts
•Reaffirming life decisions with/through sex
•Giant open air caves
•Feathers
•Wings
•The sea/the ocean
•Fog/Mist
•A song
•Narrow streets
•Hive/hive mind
•Leaves
•Blood
•Poison
•Letter/postcard (1, 2, 3)
•Loss of direction
•The pitch black
•Memory
•The desert
•The bottom layer of your lungs (1)
•Landlocked/planetlocked
•Echolocation
•Diagrams/blueprints
•Seaweed
•Halocline
•Coal mines
•Train
•The bottom of the ocean
•Powerlines in bloodlines
•”There’s that steady artist’s hand.”
•Richmond/the James River
•Jaw in jaw/Jaw and jaw
•Lost/hidden city/city ruins
•Steam
•Concentration
•Alcohol
•”With clouds that look like mountains.”
•Skeleton key (1)
•”Paranoia sings like a bomb.”
•Affairs of all types
•Sacred and profane
•Railroad and/or railroad workers
•Daguerrotype camera/photos
•Motor machinist on a ship
•The WWII generation
•War
•Muscles and sinews and tears
•”Sometimes water is thicker than blood.”
•Handler of an obscure/created hazardous material