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Prairie House Story Prompt

“Write a short story every week. It is not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” Ray Bradbury

Is Ray Bradbury right? I have to believe he is or at least he is on the right track. Writing exercises are good ways to build up your body of work.

If you were to follow this advice, you will have 52 short stories that you didn’t have the previous year.

For much of my life, I have been fascinated by abandoned and derelict houses and buildings. Once one of these buildings catches my eye, the questions begin rolling through my brain. Sometimes the story simply comes.

Here is a photo that caught my eye:



If you choose, use this photograph to write a short story and think about the following questions:

Who lived here?

How did they live?

What made them leave?

What thoughts do you have about this photo and how can you use them in a story?

If you aren’t a writer, would you want to visit this area?

Please feel free to share your thoughts or ideas. We’ll see if Ray Bradbury was right.

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