Mystery on Mondays’

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #8

I’ve read quite a few posts recently tackling the subject of character and plot, namely – which comes first. With this in mind I’ve decided to create a challenge with two possible options. If, like me, the character usually comes first, then I’d like you to chose option A (write based on plot/location). If you usually write in this way, then try out option B (based on the provided character description).

The theme of your story should focus on the particular day, so today should be crammed full of mystery and intrigue.

I’ve tried not to be too prescriptive, but when you’re adding a plot summary that can be a little difficult! Really, I just wanted to provide an opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone and explore – whichever side of the scale you’re on. So for the planners, it might go against the grain, but it can be fun to ‘go with the flow’. In a similar way, for those who avoid planning, it can be liberating to know where a story is going and to explore writing within a set of constraints.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: Begins with the purchase of Craven House – situated at the end of a row and the biggest on the block. The house has a history known to local residents but not to the new home owner (protagonist).

Trigger: Terrible things happen in one of the bedrooms inside Craven House – a room which has been mysteriously sealed off for years and was advertised as an ‘unfinished extension.’

The quest: The home owner must investigate the history, and find out what secrets the room holds.

Surprise: A workman has a fatal accident in the room and all other contractors refuse to enter the house.

Critical choice: Despite the fact your protagonist discovers the death is not the first on record, they are close to discovering the truth. They also invested every last penny into the property and have nowhere else to go.

Climax: The protagonist is locked in the room and cannot get out, despite several attempts at intervention.

Reversal: He/She discovers that it is a test, and that someone has orchestrated the ‘accidents’ in the room to scare people away so they can keep the house to themselves.

Resolution: He/She passes the text, but they are forever changed. People begin to suspect something sinister happened in the room, which forces the protagonist to reveal the ultimate secret.

b) Character Description

Name: Michael Romano

Nickname: Roman

Age: 32

Hair colour: Black

Height: 6ft 1″

Eye colour: Grey/Blue

Complexion: Tanned

Personality traits: Quiet, disarming manner, which puts people at ease. Lives for his job.

Motto: Failure is not an option.

Occupation: Detective

Martial Status: Single (married to his job)

Family: Only child. Parents deceased.

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If you have feedback on the challenges, please let me know. I’m flexible, so if you feel I’m being too prescriptive, I can adapt the prompt for the next daily challenge.

Thanks in advance.

Mel


 

 

Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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Mystery Monday prompt ~ A Full Moon

This one ends with a bang! A mystery which gave me the shivers and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this haunting tale written for this week’s mysterious Monday prompt.

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #7

I’m using pictures as the inspiration for this week’s theme. Your mysterious Monday image is courtesy of Alice Popkorn and can be found on flickr. The piece is entitled Full Moon Mystery.

Full Moon Mystery

Have fun 🙂


 

Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

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[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #6

The theme for this week is in the form of a story title. As a twist, I’d like you to start by using the title in the opening sentence.  But that’s not all – I’m also adding a word limit, with a challenge of 500 words or less.

So here’s your mysterious story title for Monday:

The Empty Mirror

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #5

 

dialogueThis week the theme is based on dialogue, so each day I will post the opening line and all you need to do is continue from there. It’s a dialogue only prompt, which can be challenging, but also a lot of fun.

So, your mysterious opener for Monday is:

 “Why the hell did you do that?”

 

Enjoy!

 

NB: I will be taking a break from running the daily prompts at the end of this week. The next series, and a new theme, will begin on the 1 July 2014.

 

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #4

It’s a new week and a new theme.  This week the clue is in the title. I will provide a daily title, and all you need to do is run with it!

The only thing I ask, is that your genre follows the theme of the day.

Let’s get started. Here is your mysterious Monday prompt:

Title graphic

 

 

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #3

Mystery on Mondays'Welcome back to a new week of the daily writing prompts. This week we’re using nature, more specifically, photographs of nature, to get those creative juices flowing.

river tree - mystery on mondays'As it’s Monday, the subject is that of mystery and suspense. If a picture can tell a thousand words, I challenge you to do the same!

You will have until Monday of next week to link your entry to this post, before a new series will begins.

Have fun!

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #2

Mystery on Mondays'

 

For our second Mystery on Monday prompt, the task, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate the following words:

Grate. Trunks. Butterfly. Soil.

[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #1

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It’s our first mysterious Monday and here is the sentence you’ll need to get started.

‘It had to be a trap.’

Enjoy!

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