Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Writing Prompt – Telling Fortunes, Fortune Telling

I’m reading a book by a new-to-me author and I’m really enjoying it, despite my reluctance to start. It was one of these world-traveling books where the modern-day protagonist finds a magic item at a yard sale and is whisked to another world. Quite the trope set up.

But I read a blog post by the author (on something completely unrelated) and her voice caught my fancy.

The intriguing twist in the book is that when our lovely world-traveling protag ends up in her other world, she can tell the future of anyone she touches.

So, of course, my mind is on fortune-telling. Fortunes make wonderful leaping off points for story or scene starters. I imagine they’re great for jogging your memory if you’re writing your memoir.

With that in mind, your prompt today is set of “fortune-teller like” predictions.

Here’s Your Prompt

  • “…it came to pass that…”
  • You are in the woods. You must prepare a sacrifice.
  • The architect of your destiny is…
  • You are walking the city streets, randomly turning corners, when an animal approaches you and tells you something…
  • You’re on a journey, between heaven and earth, approaching the sacred site. And the sacred site looks like a shiny diamond, protected by the worst of hell’s fatal traps…
  • Down into the deepest depths you look…and see what?
  • You have the opportunity to visit a seer. What is the one question you’re allowed to ask? What’s the answer?
  • Stones by the road tell the future of what’s to come.
  • You receive an invitation from a casual acquaintance, and find yourself at a party attended by hundreds in a large, elegant mansion in the ritzy part of a town. An hour after you arrive you receive another invitation — delivered by one of the caterer’s staff — to meet the Lady of All Wild Things on the balcony, overlooking the pool…
  • A stranger approaches you in a grocery story and hands you something, saying, “Wear this for protection.”

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Good Luck!

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