Writing Prompt: Your Character Is Given a List of Names. Why?

Writing Prompt


I wrote the start of a story to the prompt above:

The woman handed me a crinkled piece of paper. She lifted a pistol up to my eye level and whispered, “We know where to find you.” Then she faded into the shadows behind a building.

Her threat ringing in my ears, I smoothed out the paper. It was a list of names, the first two crossed out so heavily I couldn’t read them. But the rest were printed neatly in crisp, capital letters:






Written under the names was “These people.”

These people? I wondered. That’s all? I squinted at the blank space beneath the words, and saw lots of dents. Staring at the filthy pavement of the side street, I spotted, where the woman had stood just minutes ago, a silver pen. I bent down and picked it up, twirling it between my fingers. It wasn’t a regular pen, though. On top was a lightbulb, hidden in the body of the pen. I pressed a tiny button an inch from the glass dome, and a violet beam shot out, like a flashlight. I angled the glow at the piece of paper. Slowly, letters started to appear, making words.

These people . . .


I hope you enjoyed the story :) In my story, it says, These people are to be destroyed. If you would like to, you can continue the story yourself. I’d love to see what you come up with!



31 thoughts on “Writing Prompt: Your Character Is Given a List of Names. Why?

  1. orleansagdoll says:

    Gah! Chokin’ here! From your greatness! Nerds, unite! (Too many exclamation points! Oops! Gotta stop! Let’s see if I can, with the word “yay”! Yay? Fail. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I STOPPED!! HOLY YUCKY MUSTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NUYGDHBSTYDGHJBAUYCYGJAABHGYQWBDJHWABDHWABDGHWABD! UNDERSTAND MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JDHBFYUGWJFHJFYGRBHFEHJWFGWYHBEHFWGYW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OK, I GOTTA STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAHGAHAGAHAGHAGAHAGHAGAHGAHAGAHAGHAAHGAHAAGAHHGAHGAHGAGHAGHAGHAGHAHGGAGHAGHAHGAHGHGAGHAGHAGHGHAHGHGHAHGAHGAHGAGAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Megan says:

    Hello Loren!
    A few weeks ago Clara had an idea to start a blog treasure hunt. Basically, she ‘hands out’ some clues she’s made to some blogger volunteers. Then the volunteers ‘hide’ the clues on their blogs, like in their sidebars or a page or something. The clue might say something like… “The blog of a very strange farm girl” (okay, that was a bad example XD) on them. When Clara announces the treasure hunt on June 10th all of the clues should be hidden, and the players can follow them from one blog to another, making sure to keep track of the red letters that will be in the clues. If they can’t figure out the clue, then the volunteer may need to give them another hint.
    Once the player has found all the clues, she will arrive at a PASS WORD PROTECTED PAGE. *collective gasp* Yes, I know. It’s very scary, isn’t it? Anywho, once they get to the password protected page they will have to line up all of the red letters that were in the clues. These red letters will make the password which will…. Any guesses? Yep! It will unlock the password protected page! Inside the PPP there will be a virtual prize that the player will get.
    So. After that long explanation, you might have guessed what I am here to ask you. Would you like to be a volunteer and hide the clue on your blog? As soon as we get responses from everyone we’ve asked to volunteer (I will never misspell that word again after all these times I’ve had to spell it in this comment) Clara will hand out some clues to you guys and ask you to hide them in some special place. At least I think that’s the plan… XD
    So! Please reply pretty soon so we can get this party started! 😝
    P.S. THIS IS TOP SECRET INFORMATION SO DO NOT TELL ANY OTHER BLOGGERS. That is why we are asking you guys on your blogs that anyone can find.
    P.P.S. Not sarcastically this time, that is why I posted this comment on a ancient post. 😉


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