What do you mean you haven’t signed up for Figment Daily Themes yet? Where have you been all this time? Lucky for you, there’s still time to rev your writing engine, pump out some great stories, and make 2012 a year of writing every day.
Do you have to write every day? No, but Figs who respond to the prompts regularly (and tag their pieces DailyThemes) will receive a badge full of sparkle and shine–I mean, we’re not saying the badge is exclusive, but–it’s super exclusive.
Sign up to receive Daily Themes each weekday through March 30, catch up on the prompts you missed, and keep an eye out for themes from authors like Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake), and Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep).
January 2, 2012: “Affirmations (I’m good enough, I’m smart enough…) tell us a lot about how a person sees herself and what characteristics she values and wishes to achieve. In journal form, write an affirmation for a character that hints at his deepest fears about himself, as well as his wildest dreams.”
January 3, 2012: “Set a scene during the set-up for an elaborate event (like a feast, a ceremony, a press conference). During the set-up, something goes terribly, terribly wrong. Your narrator is in the center of the action but not a part of it (though he or she may have witnessed this type of event before).”
January 4, 2012: “Describe in detail the few moments before a character is about to do something he or she is mortally afraid of. How does the anticipation affect her physically and emotionally? How does he gear himself up? And what happens next?”
January 5, 2012, brought to you by Nell Freudenberger: “Write a letter (or an email) to yourself from someone else. The author of the letter can be real or imaginary, someone you know well or a distant acquaintance. The person should be someone you’re curious about, someone who’s done something that’s hurt, baffled or mystified you. Give the author of the letter enough space to really explain things to you in his or her own voice.”
January 6, 2012: “You’re on an airplane, mid-flight, when one of the overhead bins suddenly opens. Three bags fall out, spilling their contents up and down the aisle. Describe the three bags and what was in each. Through your descriptions, show us who their owners are and what those people are like. Added challenge: Turn those bags into characters. Try using personification and other forms of figurative language to make the baggage itself have, well, baggage.”