The fictional thumbs have done their QWERTY roving, causing their fair share of both tears and laughter. As for those texters who took part in our prompt text challenge, the names of all the authors went into the Promptly 10-gallon hat, and one emerged via random drawing to receive some WD interoffice swag books–Chris Deaton. (Chris, when you get a free moment, can you e-mail your address to me at writersdigest [at] fwmedia.com?)
Chris’ response to the challenge—"Write the text message that made her laugh, made him cry, and changed things permanently"—is below, followed by a few others. For the rest of the stirring lot, click here.
A regular Promptly prompt follows. Thanks to everyone who took part—the swag towers on my desk are beginning to teeter again, too, so expect a similar short-form drawing soon …
Ur bros flight was early. No worries if u r working late 2night. He said he had menottes 2 share b4 u came. Sounds yummy. Hope they r not fattening. Love his french accent 2! XOXO
I'm sorry. I can't come home. Not with Sonny gone. Give Manny a kiss for me.
U want my honey and I'm Winnie the Pooh. But I'm not as generous. Ur a heffalump and a woozle. I'm a bear who can't share.
Just got done at the doctors. We need to go back to the store and double up on everything. We're having twins. Love you.
Handcuffs, or menottes, illustration by Abu badali, via Wikimedia Commons.
WRITING PROMPT: The Diner
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response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments
section below. By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our
occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re having trouble
with the captcha code sticking, e-mail your piece and the prompt to me
at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and
I’ll make sure it gets up.He stared and stared, all through their dinner. And then, as they were leaving, he approached.
Want more writing prompts and exercises? Brian Kiteley has packed more than 200 wildly original ones into his 3 A.M. Epiphany. Check it out here.