Thursday Writing Prompt No. 43

Theater District street scene, New York City.
West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

This week’s Thursday Writing Prompt gives you five objects that you must use in your writing. Since I’m featuring a New York City photo for this week’s prompt, why don’t you try your hand at writing a play scene?

If you have no experience writing scripts, don’t despair. I have one modest scene that I wrote for an undergraduate writing class that consists of two people sitting on a sofa having a discussion about synchronicity. (It’s really exciting, but since nothing blows up in the story I haven’t managed to sell it to Hollywood yet.)

Anyway, Script Frenzy has an Intro to Playwriting web page that will get you started in the process if you don’t have experience, and will probably be a good review if you have done some script work. Script Frenzy is brought to you by the same folks who started National Novel Writing Month, which runs during November every year. Script Frenzy happens during April, and requires you to write 100 pages of a script in one month.

I won’t ask you to do that much writing! Five or six pages of a script might be a good starting point, as it will give you enough space to start to develop a story or sketch out a scene. As advertised, you’ll need to include five objects in your story. Here they are: a crushed, dried carnation; a wedding ring; an unopened letter with no return address; an invoice for a rental car; and a postcard from a swank hotel.



2 thoughts on “Thursday Writing Prompt No. 43

  1. Whatever type of script you’re writing, it’s helpful to think about your story in terms of a numbers of acts stuck between a series of commercial breaks. Most programs also begin with a short, highly-comedic or highly-dramatic teaser which stands alone from the rest of the episode, but also sets up the main storyline or theme of the script. Many shows also end with a similarly short outtro that pays off a lingering joke or plot point, called a tag.

    • Thanks, Sugel. That’s good advice for writers who are serious about trying their hand at writing scripts for television. I admit this is an area of writing that I’ve never seriously delved into before. My screenwriting is limited to a few English class exercises that really didn’t teach me very much except formatting! Thanks for reading!

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