Stonehenge “postcard” that I created from one of my photographs.
Welcome to 2015 and this year’s first Thursday Writing Prompt! In honor of New Year’s Day I thought I’d give you a prompt that involved a new location and a new year, although not necessarily “new” in the sense of a linear timeline.
Imagine that you fell asleep after your New Year’s Eve revelries (or in front of the TV) and when you woke up the world around you was literally different. Instead of resting comfortably in bed or on the sofa, you awake to find yourself wrapped in a linen blanket and nestled in a pile of straw. And yes, there’s probably a flea or louse or some other unwelcome beast sharing the straw with you.
You jump up, noticing that the walls surrounding you are earthen walls. You panic and run outside. Your hut is just one of many small rough-built structures clustered along the edge of what appears to be a building site in an open field. Your mouth drops open when you see the massive stone sentinels — it’s Stonehenge — only it hasn’t been completely built yet.
Okay, now this is where you pick up the thread of the story. Who are you and why are you at Stonehenge? How did you get transported back in time? And just what is Stonehenge?
This week’s prompt is going to make you do some time traveling. Imagine that you’ve just gotten out of bed and you go through your normal morning routine. Everything inside your home seems quite normal. You get ready to leave for work or school, or just to go out. And that’s when it happens.
As soon as you close the door, you turn around and find yourself in the same place, but in a different time. You have two directions you can go with this idea: into the past, or into the future. It’s your call, but for this assignment I suggest trying your hand at the past. This will make it easier to figure out what you need to have or not have in your story, and you won’t have to invent technology or try to guess what the politics or social mores of your story might be. Sometimes it’s easier to work within a known framework because it gives you structure to build your story around.
So, spin those clock hands and come up with a decade of your choice. Now, write a short story from a first-person point of view about what happens to you once you’ve gone outside and time traveled. Are you alone? Can you get back inside your home? Is the building still there? And do you even want to get back home?