Decisions, Decisions...

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My Response to a Writing Prompt

“Look, somebody has got to make a decision,” I announced before exchanging a nervous glance with my companion.

“Well, what’d she tell you?”

“I dunno...” I shrugged.

“But you’re the one that spoke to her!” he accused.

“Yeah, but I was barely awake!” I argued in my defense.

“So? She must’ve told you!”

“Hey man, it’s 2 am! The woman’s lucky that I’m even out of bed. It was your job to remember...”

“W-wait-- my job? I’m not the one that knocked her up!”

“Yeah, but that was before she got all crazy and hormonal. How was I supposed to know that she’d turn into Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde?”

“Well, that’s your problem, not mine. Besides, you’re the one that’ll be sleeping on the couch if we screw this up,” he reminded me.

“Very funny,” I told him.

“Dum-dum... dum-dum... dum-dum-dum...” when he started humming the Jeopardy theme song aloud, I turned and swung at him, but he ducked out of the way.

“Come on! Stop screwing around... we’ve gotta make a decision,” I reiterated.

Just then an disembodied (and annoyed sounding) voice repeated, “Will that be chocolate or vanilla?”

What should they choose?

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The Writing Prompt

This short story was the result of a writing prompt. The rules were simple. We were given a list of phrases. Our job was to use one of them to create a new story. The phrase I chose was "someone has got to make a decision."

It was a fun writing exercise that I would definitely recommend to others. I've found that writing exercises and prompts are a great way to begin a writing session. They help open up my mind and get the "creative juices flowing" (as a friend used to say).

This particular exercise is particularly fun when you do it with a group. Give everyone the same phrase then a predetermined amount of time to work. Then, when time is up, people can share what they've written. You'd be amazed at the variety of different stories that can be inspired by the same line of dialogue!

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BigSerious 5 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

Look out for a hub I'll be doing soon of practice writing topics and prompts. :) I'd love to read what you come up with. My practice is timed writing exercises. I started a group in college. It was great fun seeing the different stuff we each came up with. Some of our exercises we expanded into short stories.This is fun. :) What was the name of the prompt that started this? I'd enjoy seeing it at the bottom or top of the hub - what I like most about prompts are the different ways people choose to respond to them (I'm repeating myself; I know...) :)


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast Author

The prompt was simply the first line: “Look, somebody has got to make a decision." I got it from an article on a writing site that went out of business (so the link wouldn't work any more). :( It was called "This is by us" or TIBU for short.

I'll keep an eye out for your new hub. I always have story ideas-- I just need a writing exercise first to get the creative juices flowing. Does that make sense? I cna't just dive right in there-- I need to warm up first. :)


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BigSerious 5 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

Absolutely makes sense! That's what makes timed writing exercises so fun for me. I know I have to fit as much as I can in a short amount of time using the topic given for inspiration. I re-wrote a hub last night (my TV one - I made it funny instead of stupid-serious), and hopefully will get a writing one done in the next day. :) Thanks for following me, by the way! Talk to you again soon!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I'd go with one of each~~ very cool and I thank you for finding me...!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I think they will get both just to be safe, lol. I would. I love to write using prompts. I have written many from the same prompt for years. This was great, a fun and easy read.


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast Author

Thanks! :)

I agree-- if you get one of both, then don't you get to eat the one that she didn't want? ;)

Yes, writing prompts are great. I especially like the sort-of "odd" ones because they make me move outside of my comfort zone and write about something that I never would've considered on my own. It's sort of the whole "think outside of the box" thing. :)


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

VANILLA!! Great conversation and imagination! UP and AWESOME!~'


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast Author

LOL I'd go with the chocolate myself. ;) Thanks!

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