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28 Days of Story Prompts - A Daily Creative Exercise

teacher avatar April Merl, Film/Video

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Lessons in This Class

29 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:23
    • 2. Prompt 1

      3:19
    • 3. Prompt 2

      1:54
    • 4. Prompt 3

      1:52
    • 5. Prompt 4

      1:59
    • 6. Prompt 5

      2:12
    • 7. Prompt 6

      2:03
    • 8. Prompt 7

      2:01
    • 9. Prompt 8

      1:47
    • 10. Prompt 9

      2:04
    • 11. Prompt 10

      1:53
    • 12. Prompt 11

      1:54
    • 13. Prompt 12

      1:46
    • 14. Prompt 13

      1:43
    • 15. Prompt 14

      1:57
    • 16. Prompt 15

      2:44
    • 17. Prompt 16

      2:22
    • 18. Prompt 17

      2:33
    • 19. Prompt 18

      2:59
    • 20. Prompt 19

      2:24
    • 21. Prompt 20

      2:29
    • 22. Prompt 21

      2:17
    • 23. Prompt 22

      2:18
    • 24. Prompt 23

      1:53
    • 25. Prompt 24

      1:39
    • 26. Prompt 25

      1:51
    • 27. Prompt 26 - We're almost there!

      2:08
    • 28. Prompt 27

      1:25
    • 29. Prompt 28 - You did it!

      2:02
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In this class, you will be given 28 story prompts for a daily creative exercise. Each video asks you to set a 15 minute timer and write and/or draw about a certain character or situation. With helpful questions along the way to help keep the creativity going, you'll end up with the starts for as many as 28 new stories, illustrations, comics, screenplays... whatever your medium, you'll have tons of new ideas, and the act of creating every day will keep them coming long after. If you've ever thought about starting a 100 day project or love monthly challenges like Inktober, this is a class for you!

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April Merl

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Hello! I’m April. I’ve been working in film and television in NYC for over 20 years and am bringing my experience in video-making and story-telling to Skillshare. My classes are for anyone interested in creating fun projects while exploring their creativity - no fancy equipment, just the joy of making.

Ideas you’ll find in my classes: Use what you got. Just get straight to it. Creativity is everywhere. Find the story in the everyday.

I also believe in finding your inner kid - and collaborating and creating with the kids in your life. 

If you want to see more of what I do, you can find me on Instagram @aprilmerl, where I've been posting (almost) daily animations.

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1. Introduction: Welcome to 28 days of Story prompts this classes for anyone who wants to give their creativity a daily workout. These exercises are meant for any maker in any medium. By giving yourself 15 focused minutes every day, you will be creating both a storytelling habit and a habit of looking at things differently that will encourage new ideas. Encourage artists to try writing and writers to try. Drawing every new creative endeavor we try creates new pathways for our creative thinking. This course is set up with four modules, which have seven prompts each. Thes modules build Little by little, I recommend making it a daily creative break, maybe with coffee, and I also recommend you do these exercises in one notebook or keep the results in one folder so that they're easy to look back on. And speaking of results, what can you expect from a prompt and 15 minutes? It'll vary. Sometimes it will be a few paragraphs or an outline. Some days it will be an illustrated panel or the start of a short story. No matter where you get, it's about the process, not the product. You'll be training your brain to ask new questions and look at things in a different way. So let's get to it. I'll see you in the first prompt. 2. Prompt 1: welcome to the first prompt. Our first module is all about bringing an adamant objects toe life. I'll give you a specific prompt, and it's up to you to decide which version of the object you were using, where it lives, what it looks like. And finally who it is. There are no right or wrong answers. The whole reason we're working on these is to get ideas flowing to start challenging our way of seeing things and create story where we might not normally be used to finding it. There will be a serious of questions after the prompt to get more ideas going. Answer the ones that strike you. Skip the ones that don't by design the questions they're gonna come way faster than you would ever be able to answer them. So please press pause after you've heard the question and give yourself some time to work out Whatever ideas come up from the question. Once you've hit a stopping point, go ahead and press play again. And here the next question. Get out a notebook, a sheet of paper or a note card. Set a timer for 15 minutes and let's get to it. Your first object is a pencil or pen. Any brand style, shape size. I encourage you to start with a drawing for this one. And once you have a start of an idea, use the following questions to further explore your character. Where is this pen or pencils Face, and what features does its face have? Where does this pen or pencil live? What age are the humans it is most likely to interact with? Does it interact with humans any longer? Can this pencil move by itself? If it had to? How so? Who might the pencil interact with and how would they meet? Or does this pen or pencil like to be alone? What does this pen or pencil say either to someone else or to itself? Is the pen or pencil happy with its life? What would it change if not, what would make it unhappy? If so, when your timer rings, you're done. If you want to keep going, by all means, do it. And if you're feeling done, then you have completed prompt one. Congratulations. If you want to do another load of the next video or get on with the rest of your day and come back tomorrow and for your class project, please share the drawing of the pen or pencil or your favorite line or insight about the pen or pencil in your project. You'll be adding to these as we go along, and I really look forward to seeing or reading about your new characters. See you in the next lesson. 3. Prompt 2: welcome to prompt to and let's get right to it. Since we all have good days and bad days creatively, let's get straight to the place where most of us have at one point or another, I thought all of our ideas should go. The trash can any brand style shape location inside outside. Set the timer for 15 minutes and let's get to it. So where does this trash can reside? Where is this trash cans face? And what features does its face have? Does it move how and when on its own, or only when a human intervenes? Is it happy with its life? What would it change? If not, who might it interact with and how would they meet? Or is this trash can? A loner? What might this trash can say to someone or something else or to itself? Remember, while you were working out these answers, start writing and drawing. If you have time, come up with a quick scene or a panel written or drawn to flush these ideas out further. And when that timer rings, congratulations, you're through. Prompt to share your favorite sketch or line in your class project and see you tomorrow in the next prompt 4. Prompt 3: Welcome back. Get your notebook ready and let's get our next prompt going. Our inanimate object of the day is any tool. I encourage you to go with whatever object first came into your head. If you're not thrilled with whatever that was, though, here are some tools for inspiration. Get that timer running and let's start filling that page. Let's start with the basics. Where is this Toole's face? And what features does its face have? Where does this tool reside? Is this the usual residence for such an object? Does it move how and when? Who might interact with it and how would they meet? Is this tool longing to meet someone in particular? Or is this tool a loner? What might this tool say to another or to itself? Is it happy with its life? What would it change if not? And when that timer rings, Congratulations, you're through. Prompt three. Please make sure to add a sketch or a line from today to your class project. Let's keep at it and see you in the next lesson. 5. Prompt 4: welcome to prompt for Get your notebook ready and we're going to get right into it. Our inanimate object of the day is a piece of fruit. Again. Encourage you to trust your instincts and go with whichever fruit first came into your head . Set that timer for 15 minutes and let's get to Where is the fruit right now? How is the fruit prepared, if at all, Is it still hole? Perhaps even still growing? Is it peeled, Sliced, quartered, Mashed. Does this fruit have a face? What is the face look like? Can it move? How and when is the fruit aware that it is a food popular to many species? If so, does this give it a sense of pride or angst? If this isn't something it thinks about, what does it think about? Does it have a best friend of its own kind? Or is it about to meet another type of fruit or another species predator? Where otherwise, what might this fruit say? And when that timer rings, congratulations, you're through. Prompts number four. Don't forget to add to your class project and let's keep at it. We'll see you in the next lesson with prompt five 6. Prompt 5: welcome to prompt five. You know, I like to jump right into these things, so our inanimate object of the day is a door or intrigue. Eight. This could be a door to a house car stage coach. It could be a turnstile, a gate toe, a back garden, a prison cell door, a pet door, a laundry chute door or a door to a shop or any other gate or door or turnstile you can come up with. Set that timer for 15 minutes and let's get to it. So first things first. Where is this door? If it's not obvious, what does passing through this door get someone or something to, Of course, the door needs a face. So where is its face? What features does its face have? If this door is attached to a moving object, what is its favorite place to end up? Some doors get used often, and others don't get used much. How does the door feel about how often it's used? Too much, too little just right. What does the door think about beings that air utilizing it? What might the stories say? And to whom? What does the store believe? The meaning of its life is congratulations. You've completed prompt five. Share your favorite sketch or line in your class project and see you tomorrow in the next prompt. 7. Prompt 6: welcome to prompt six. We're almost through our first module. Congratulations. Continuing in our theme of bringing an atom, it objects to life. Your inanimate object for the day is a vehicle. As always. I encourage you to trust your instincts and go with whatever object came into your head first. If you're not in love with this first vehicle, here are a few thoughts to help create a few more ideas to choose from. Get that timer set and let's get started. So you're probably used to this question by now. And it is. Where is the vehicles face? And what features does its face have? Where is the vehicle right now? What time period is the vehicle living in? What is the part of being itself that the vehicle is most proud of? What is the part that it feels the most insecure about? Who are its friends? What was the vehicles? Last challenge Has it overcome that challenge? Keep going until your timer rings and congratulations, you're through. Prompts number six as we're winding down our first module. I hope you're starting to make new connections and are having more creative sparks when you are away from the prompts. Or maybe you are starting to find more ways to tackle the creative blocks that we all go through. Let's keep at it with our last inanimate object and prompt seven. See there. 8. Prompt 7: welcome to prompt seven and the last day of Module one and prompt eight. We're starting a brand new theme, but first, let's get to one of my favorites and our inanimate objects. Studies today's prompt is any light source. As always, I encourage you to explore the first thing that came in your head. But if that doesn't quite feel right, here are some other thoughts to get your ideas going. The light could be inside. Could be outside. It could be a natural light. Or it could be a man made light. Once you feel like you have it, set your 15 minute timer and let's get to it. Where is the light sources face And what features does it have on its face? Where is the light right now? What does the light source illuminate? Can it move? Does it wish it could move? Does it need someone to help it move? Where would the light rather be? What is its favorite thing to illuminate? Is there something it wishes it could illuminate but hasn't? Is there someone or something that antagonizes it, or that it doesn't like? How does it deal with this? And when the timer rings. Congratulations. You're through. Prompt number seven and module one. Please don't forget to share your favorite sketch or line in your class project and tomorrow starts our next theme. See you then. 9. Prompt 8: Welcome back. We are eight prompts in and on to a new module. This time we're exploring every day moments. As always, there is never a right or wrong approach here. It's all about stretching your ideas and finding creative sparks in ordinary places. So said that 15 minute timer and let's get to it. Our first prompt is breakfast. What setting is the Breakfast Inn? How many people are a part of this breakfast? Is this from the perspective of whomever is eating the breakfast, a person serving the breakfast? Or is it from the perspective of the breakfast itself? Is this about a repetition of breakfasts or just this one? Could there be a joke in here, or is this a more serious scene? Remember, while you were working out these answers, start your drawing and or jot down ideas, even if you end up crossing them out immediately, see how far the story takes you and see if you can create the whole set up or whole scenario inwards and or drawings in the 15 minutes and when that timer rings. Congratulations. You've completed prompt eight. As always. Please share something in your class project from your work on the prop today, a drawing or a line or your characters that are in the scene and let's keep at it and see you in the next lesson, continuing our everyday moments. 10. Prompt 9: welcome to prompt number nine, and our next everyday moment we're going to dive right in. Today's topic is deciding what to wear and or getting dressed. Set your 15 minute timer and let's get to it for this one. First, get the scene started in your head and see where it goes for a little bit. Then start the questions and let the scene shift or not shift as appeals to you. Who is deciding what to wear? Are they male or female, young or old? Or in the middle? Where are they doing this? At home. A locker room, a campsite store changing room. Maybe somewhere where one doesn't usually change their clothes. Whose perspective is this scene from the person changing their clothes? Someone waiting for them to get changed? Maybe a narrator. Where is the person going after they are dressed? Is this about a single day's decision, or is this a compilation of days? Could there be a joke in here, or is this a more serious scene? Please remember the questions air here to help you if you were stuck and also help you find other angles to explore. When the questions helped run with it. And when they don't move on. And either way, keep working till that timer rings. And when that timer rings Congratulations. You have completed prompt nine. Please add to your class project before you go and see you tomorrow with the next prompt. 11. Prompt 10: welcome to prompt number 10. Let's get straight to it. Today's prompt is scenes from the commute. Feel free to start from your own experience or start imagining someone else's, said that 15 minute timer and let's get to it. Is this from the perspective of the commuter, someone observing them or an inanimate object that has brought along with them? What is the atmosphere of the commune? Are other commuters rushed or relaxed? How does the vehicle affect the atmosphere? What job is this commute to work from? Are they going to a job? We're leaving the job for the day. Is this scene about what happened during one commute or about what happens over a series of days of commuting? And you might be getting used to this one? Could there be a joke in here, or is this a more serious scene? Remember, while you were working out thes answers, start your drawing and or jot down ideas, even if you end up crossing them out immediately, see how far the story takes you and see if you can create the whole set up or whole scenario inwards and or drawings in the 15 minutes and when that timer rings. Congratulations. You've finished another. Please share a sketch or a favorite line in your class project and see you in the next prompt. 12. Prompt 11: welcome to prompt 11 1st a big congrats on having completed 10 prompts. I know it's not always easy. Congratulations on making the time for yourself and here's to you for keeping up this creative habit. It's definitely worth it, and we have some really fun scenarios coming up. Now let's get to it. The scene for today is a social media or text conversation. Set your 15 minute timer and let's get writing and drawing. Which social media platform for text messaging platform is this on? And what devices are being used to have the conversation? Who or what are the participants? What is going on in the real world around the participants who were having this conversation, what might interrupt this conversation? And what is the truth about this scene? Is anyone lying in the scene? You know what happens next? Keep working, even if it involves a lot of scribbling things out. And don't stop until your timer has wrong. And if you find that you want even more time, go for it once you are finished. Congratulations again. You are now 11 prompts strong. I really look forward to seeing snippets from this one in your class projects and see you tomorrow in the next prompt 13. Prompt 12: Welcome back. Prompt. 12 is here and let's get straight to it. An office, holiday party or a family event. Try to trust your instincts and go with the first thing that came into your head just now. And this could be something from your own experience, something you heard about or a fictional scenario that strikes you right now. Set that timer and let's get to it. What is the event and where is the event happening? Was this widely anticipated as a reason for excitement or widely dreaded by unwilling participants or a mix? Is it indoors or outdoors? Does this seed happen right in the mix of the event, or is this scene taking place in a side room or side area? Maybe it's right before or right after what isn't quite right about what's happening or what happened. Who recognizes this and thinks they can fix it? Do they try to fix it? And that's it for the questions. If you have any more time left on your 15 minutes, keep going and when you finished. Congratulations, prompts. 12 is in. The books were in your notebook. Something like that. Please share with us something from this prompt in your class project and see you again tomorrow for the next front 14. Prompt 13: Welcome back were almost to the halfway point and almost to the end of this module, Let's get straight to today's prompt. Someone or a couple or a group has just finished watching an episode and has prompted for the next one. So the question is to binge watch or not to binge watch. Start getting some thoughts together. Set that timer and let's get to it. Where is this decision happening? Is it in a home? Which room, or is it on a mobile device somewhere else? Whose perspective is this scene from the potential watchers and an animate object in the room? A character in the series about to be watched? Maybe somebody who works for the streaming service or network who is offering the episodes ? What other things in the lives of the potential watchers may affect their decisions? Do they actually make a decision by the end of your seen or is the scene a cliffhanger? Remember, while you start working out your answers, start jotting down your ideas. See how far the story takes you and see what you can create in the 15 minutes once the timer has rung, Congratulations again. We're almost halfway there. Please don't forget to post something in your class Project to share and see you next time for prompt 14. 15. Prompt 14: Welcome back. We're at the halfway point and the end of the module of everyday moments and events, and next week we start looking at the world differently again. This week's prompt isn't so every day, but I believe we've all been through something like this. The prompt is a major national, international or pop culture news item or event, and this can range from elections, humanitarian crazies, celebrity deaths, royal weddings, the Olympics and anything beyond. I encourage you to go with the first thing that just popped into your head or that struck you from the list. Set your timer and let's get started. Whose perspective is this from a person who sees it on the news? A person who was there, a person who planned it, where was part of it in some other way. Who is our character with, If anyone are we before, during or after the event? Is this a moment that is frightening, exciting, sad, happy? Is there disagreement about what emotion should be felt? How does that play out? And that is all of the questions for today. Keep writing and sketching until your timer is ringing. And don't let the timer stop you if you want to keep going. Is your timer ringing? Congratulations. This is a big one. You are half way through this challenge and you now have 14 more story and character ideas than you did two weeks ago. I have a brand new module starting for you tomorrow. See you then. 16. Prompt 15: welcome to the third module of prompts. I hope that the exercises so far and the questions included, are giving you tools toe wiggle your way out of writing blocks and also are helping you get deeper into your ideas and be more flexible and changing perspective. I hope you're looking at your own daily life with new eyes and imagining all the stories around you every day. We're now in a new module, out with the everyday moments in With E. Everyday people get that timer started, and here is the first prompt a seven year old or a 70 year old Decide if you're going with seven or 70 and get a picture in your head. Let's start with the basics. Male or female? What does this person look like? Next? Where is the scene happening? A playground, a nursing home in the car, in the kitchen, at a store. Who else is here in the scene? What year is the scene happening in current life? Maybe sometime in the past or even in the future. What goes wrong? Does someone help fix this, or is this something that the character can fix on his or her own? All right. So you have your seen your person and your problem. And now I want you to switch the person's age from 7 to 70 or from 70 to 7. Keep the setting the person and the problem, adjusting the details as needed and see what this new version of your character does to solve the problem. If your timer has rung, Congratulations. Prompt. One of module three is complete. How are you feeling? As we get over this halfway mark, our ideas coming easier. Is it easier to find the 15 minutes to sit down with ease or equally hard as ever? When other ideas hit you in the midst of your day? Are you writing them down? All of these things will help you learn about your own creative habits and how creativity works for you. Keep an eye on these things as you go and see you in the next prompt 17. Prompt 16: welcome to prompt 16 in our new module. Everyday people, Let's get right to it. Today, your prompt is a cashier, and in this prompt, we specifically want to explore what they did or were thinking before work were on their way to work on this particular day. Get your time are set and let's get to it. What store do they work in? Describe the person's appearance in any work related clothing they may have to wear or tags or anything else related to their job that they might be wearing. How are they getting to work and where are they coming from? Before their shift starts? Think about where they live, who they live with. If anyone is this, their first job? Is this their career? Is this something in between the two? What would they rather be doing? If this is not what they want to be doing, think about what you've already written down. Is anything feel too easy or too usual? Oven? Answer. What if you flipped any of the above answers to something that's the very opposite? As always, pause here. Keep at it until the timer rings, and let's see how far this story takes you. Congratulations on finishing another prompt. Really excited to see what you guys have come up with for this one. Please don't forget to place something in your class project. I would especially love to know if there's anything that you flipped when we got to that part. And until tomorrow, where I'll see you in the next prompt. 18. Prompt 17: welcome to prompt 17 and today I'm going to get straight to it. The description of this one is a little complicated, So bear with me. Today's everyday person is that person you saw when you were exercising or doing an athletic activity. So what in the world am I talking about? In this scenario, there will be a main exerciser athlete character. And then there's this other character, which we will find by exploring the questions to come. Set the timer and let's get to it. So is this at a gym in a class on a field, in a park, along a sidewalk or stretch of road? I think about is the city suburb rural? And what activity is going on now? This other person, Are they also participating in the athletics or the exercise? Are they on the same team? Are they on the other team? Are they maybe not part of that? And they're observing, teaching, refereeing, coaching, cleaning a total bystander. He may not even have noticed that the exercising is going on. If they notice or are involved, what do they think of the exercising or activity? Is there any tension between the main exerciser and this other person. This tension could just be the contrast ing of their situations. It could be a judgment. It could be a competitive feeling. It it could be some other feeling that pops up. So hit. Pause. Here. See what happens in all this And keep going until that 15 minute timer rings. Congratulations. You made it through this crazy prompt. Maybe this time you're super happy about that. Or maybe this time you want to keep going. Either way, please drop something in your class project and I will see you tomorrow in the next prompt . 19. Prompt 18: Welcome back. Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. Either way, welcome to prompt 18 and getting straight to it. Our everyday person today is the teenage daughter of a famous drummer. And I'm gonna go ahead and give you your first line, which is a line of dialogue. And it is. Please pass the salt. Let's get right to it. What type of music does the drummer play? Is the drummer the teenagers, Mom or the teenagers? Dad, is this drummer a legend and a household name? Are they infamous or part of a famous punchline about something? Or are they one of those unknown by regular people session drummers? But they've played with all the legends and have a great career. Um, obviously, this could be a completely fictional drummer getting back to the teenage daughter. She's in high school. What state does she live in? Is this some city suburb? Rural big school, small school, private public? Does she live with the drummer, or does she not so describe or draw how the teenage daughter looks? Give her a name? But remember, our drummer had a part in the naming process or probably had a part in the naming process. If the drummer tours, how does she feel when the drummers leaving? And how does she feel when the drummer is back? So getting back to our first line, please pass the salt. Where are we and who is the teenage daughter with and finally, does whoever is asking get the salt? Doesn't matter if they get the salt, or are they really looking for something else? So while you're working out these answers, remember, always just start jotting stuff down. Cross out what you hate, keep what you like and keep going for the whole 15 minutes. And when your timer has rung Congratulations again, you have completed another Trumped Please add to your class project. I'd love to see who this girl is, and I'll see you next time for the next prompt. 20. Prompt 19: Welcome back. Here we are. Prompt. 19. Getting right to it. Our everyday person today is a member of the crew of a popular television show for this one . We want to hear some of this person's inner monologue during the shoot. No actors, please. This one is the camera people waiting. People sound people set designers, hairdressers, makeup artists, costumers, props, caterers, craft service drivers, P. A's etcetera, etcetera. Get your 15 minute timer ready and let's get to it. Which show is this or what? Genre of show is this? Obviously, As always, this could be a fictional show. Um, which department is the person in? Are they the head of their department? A new beat or somewhere in between? Are they male or female? What's their name? Describe or draw how they look. Is this the start of the day? Is this after lunch during rap? How long was the day or how long was the day? Yesterday? Is this indoors in a studio somewhere, or are they outside on a location somewhere? What is the hardest part about what they dio, who gives them the most trouble during their day? And the most important question What is the last straw camera speed action start inner monologue. And as usual, please pause here and keep working until your timer rings. And once your timer is ringing Congratulations. Another prompt is finished. Please don't forget to add something to your class project and enjoy your day. And tomorrow I'll see you in the next prompt. 21. Prompt 20: Welcome back. Prompt. 20 is here, which feels monumental. We've got 20 starts to stories already. Let's keep the momentum going and let's get right to it. Our everyday person today is actually not so every day at all. But let's try this anyway. The ghost of Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley and, um know where he's here. I will not be switching this in the end. All right, get that timer set and let's get to it. First question is pretty obvious. Maryland or Elvis is the scene here on earth or seen from wherever the after life is. And what does that place look like for them? So Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 and Elvis Presley died in 1977. If they are back on Earth, what day or year? Or they back? Where are they and or with whom among the living are they? And why are they with any other ghosts? In fact, I guess the two of them could be together. Can they communicate with the living in some way? Or is communication not a possibility? And do they want to have this kind of communication? Is there a misconception about themselves? that they'd like to clear up. So by now I know that you are drawing and jotting down your ideas. Maybe crossing some out and maybe going with others keep going until that timer rings and I'll see you and the other side. And after your time, where has rung? That is another one. Done. Congratulations today for the class project. I would just love to know which one you picked, Elvis or Maryland. And I would also be very curious or what year the scene was set in. And we're almost there. The last prompt of everyday people is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you there until tomorrow. 22. Prompt 21: Hello and welcome. We've made it to the end of the third module. Next week we will be doing prompts that bring it all together but to round out our everyday people module. Let's do some every day, not people at all, a cat or dog from the neighborhood. And since we've been in this everyday people thing, it will be very interesting to see how the cat or dog from the neighborhood interacts with the people in the neighborhood and how they interact with it. Set that timer and let's get started. So again are obvious. First question. Is this a cat or a dog? Now it's a cat or a dog from the neighborhood. So is this a family cat or dog? Or is this a stray cat or dog? Is it one that is seen outside? Often or never? Maybe it seemed in the window. Is it young, old or in between? What other beings doesn't encounter in its day, And how does it view them? This includes the humans. Is it male or female? What does it wish for right now? And does it have the means to make this wish come true? Or is something in its way right here. You can pause the video to keep working till your timer rings. So when your timer has rung, Congratulations on finishing yet another prompt. We're 3/4 through now, and starting tomorrow we will be mixing it all up to further explore the 21 ideas you have come up with so far. So please make sure to have all of your prompt Newt's together for prompt 22 I'll see you there tomorrow. 23. Prompt 22: hello and welcome to Week for and Prompt 22. This week, our module is basically a blender. We're gonna go back through the 21 prompts that you've already completed and mixed them up . And how about we get right to it? Get your time or ready and here we go. Take one character or story you started in module one and add it to a character or story from module to. So for all of the things this week, it's a blender. You want to let these swirl around, put them in a new scenario, used the existing scenario and then add the new character or situation. Tweak the characters as needed. You can think of this as an extension of the character already in existence that you already started, or you can create a whole new one again. It's all about getting your ideas out, feeling comfortable creating and then also just getting in the habit of getting the work done. For this week. The questions won't be so specific because of the blender aspect of the module, but here, a couple things to keep in mind as you're working out ideas what year or decade is this all happening in? Think about where it's happening. Um, what if you changed the country, the part of the country? If it's happening in a city, What if it happened in the mountains? If it's happening in the mountains? What if it happened at the beach? Obviously, one important thing always and story is what is going wrong. And then if we had any aspect of the scenario, go in the opposite way. What does that open up once your 15 minutes is up? Congratulations. Once again, we're in the home stretch and I hope that you'll share your favorite line, your favorite drawing your whole page or even just how you're feeling about all this at this point and until tomorrow where l see you in the next prompt. 24. Prompt 23: Welcome back to the blender for today's prompt. Let's take an object that we brought to life and parrot with one of our everyday people. So module one plus module three. As I said yesterday, we're gonna let thes swirl around in any combo you like. This is no pressure. Whatever happens, happens. See how these ideas bumped together based off of your own ideas. Set that timer and go again, this time with the questions. They're not going to be so specific. But here are a couple ideas, too. Get things shifted. If you're feeling blocked or even just to get new ideas stirring around, you might remember these from yesterday. What year or decade is this happening in past? Present Future? Where is the scene happening? If you decided to change the location, does that give your characters any fresh perspective? What is going wrong? Whose perspective are we looking at this from? If your first idea isn't quite getting there, what if you switch it to somebody else in the scene? And once again, if anything were the opposite? What does that open up? Once your 15 minutes is up? Congratulations. You have completed prompt 23 please post a line, a drying or even an insight into your process in your class project. What have you learned about your own creative process and doing these exercises every day So far? I look forward to having you here tomorrow until then. 25. Prompt 24: welcome back and back to the blender we go, and I'm guessing that you know where we're headed today. Let's mix up one of our everyday moments with one of our everyday people, which is module two plus module. Three. Any combo you like, use the existing scenarios that you created and combine them or start fresh with new characters and new scenarios. Set that timer and get to it. I don't think that you're gonna need many questions to keep the creativity going here, but you can always think about how things change. If you adjust any of the following and some of thes you will recognize first, what year or decade is this happening in Next? Where is it happening? Can you adjust the location in any way? I'll add a new one. What's the weather like in the scene with a snowstorm? Change things, a heat wave which gets into what is going wrong. And then who's perspective? Are we looking at this from And if anything were the opposite. What does that open up once your 15 minutes is up? Congratulations. Once more, 24 days of prompts are done. Please don't forget to add something to your class project, and I will see you in prompt 25. Until then, 26. Prompt 25: hello and welcome to prompt 25. Today I have another blender for you. And can you guess what it is? We're going to combine all three modules, so pick one element from each module. You know the drill. Start the timers and let's get to it. And just like the other prompts from this week, the questions again or not so specific. But things to keep in mind if the ideas aren't coming quickly, what year or decade is this happening in? Consider moving it into the future or moving it into the past there. Maybe it needs to be in the here and now. As always, location is key. If you moved it to a different kind of location with a different kind of weather, perhaps also think about genre ideas. Is it more of, Ah, mystery costume piece? Is it Cy? If I, as always, whose perspective are we looking at this from? If you switch the idea around to someone else, how does that change your your scene? What is going wrong in the scene? And if anything were the opposite. But does that open up once your 15 minutes is up? Congratulations. Once more you have done 25 story prompts daily and you only have three more to go to have finished this challenge. Please don't forget to add something to your class project, and I will see you tomorrow in prompt 26. 27. Prompt 26 - We're almost there!: Welcome back. Only three prompt to go and you will have finished the 28 day story challenge. How are you feeling? Excited. Exhausted. Today we will not have another blender, but we will be using an old prompt for any of the 25 previous days. Stories including your blender prompts work on the sequel or the next chapter, the second in the series, whatever the next thing would be. So choose your prompt get that time already and begin once again. Since the topics that you're choosing could be so very the questions, they're going to be a bit more generalized. But if you start to feel a bit blocked and aren't sure where you want to go with this, here are a couple ideas to get things moving. So where did your scene leave off? Was the wish fulfilled? Was the tension alleviated? Did the fears subside? If you want to twist this a little bit, does the character think the wish was fulfilled? But in fact, it wasn't and there were gonna have toe go at it at a different angle. Did the wish fulfillment bring on a new problem and what other tensions exist in this space that your characters, Aaron. And as you're going through, does your character need a new setting? Where else could they go? But other time, period. Could they be in? Who else could they see? What else could they find? Who else might they try to avoid once your 15 minutes is up? Congratulations. Prompt. 26 is in the bag. Please don't forget to post something from today's prompt in your class project. And I will see you tomorrow in our second to the last prompt prompt 27. See you then. 28. Prompt 27: Hello and welcome to prompt 27 your second to the last prompt mission almost accomplished. Stick with me and let's do this. Today we're blundering one of our old prompts. We're going to take one of our previous scenarios and go at it from a different perspective . Your choice in how this is altered change the voice from first person. The third person changed a detail to be the direct opposite of what you originally wrote. Different setting, different motivation. Change a character or a facet of a character where they white make them a person of color. Were they pour? Try seeing what happens if they're rich. Maybe your characters didn't interact. Have them interact. If the characters interacted, maybe make them miss each other. Find a way to change your seen in at least one key way and then rewrite it and see what happens. Because of that change, I won't have any other questions or ideas for you in this one. I want you to keep at it until that timer rings and when your timer is ringing. Congratulations. One more down and on. Lee, one more to go. I am so excited that we've made it this far and looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in prompt 28 29. Prompt 28 - You did it!: welcome to prompt 28 1st of all, congratulations. We're here the final day and to leave you off, we're going to get right to it, of course. And our final prompt is going to be for you to take your favorite unfinished piece from all of the 27 previous days and expand, revise and or refine for 15 minutes. Which character moved you the most? Made you laugh the most intrigued you the most. Maybe it's the idea that seems the closest to being finished. Is there one piece that's actually pretty close? And if you had 15 uninterrupted minutes toe work on it, you could really get it done. Find the one that has you the most excited right now. Set the timer and get to it. When your timer is ringing, you have done it. Congratulations on sticking with me with this class with the leaving in your ability to create something new every day and for putting my creativity into the world. And I hope that you have found these exercises helpful to jump start a creative habit that will last you for years to come. I look forward to seeing your scribbles, doodles and drafts. And for your class project, please post a peek into what you worked on today. Or maybe a peek into all of the work that you've done over 28 days. Has it grown? I would love to hear your impressions of what 28 days of creating has done for you. If you've enjoyed the class, you might also enjoy some of my other classes. And maybe you could use some of the prompts in those as well. And please give me a follow to be the first to be updated when my next classes come out. Thank you so very much for joining me here.