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Atlanta's January 9th prompt: Furyanta!

"The ancient Furyanta was discovered off the coast of Texas earlier this week..."
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Today’s writing prompt comes to you from a word-lover’s mouth; reading the dictionary can be a fabulously fun story-sparking exercise. But even better for sparking up a good short story for the day (or perhaps adding on to an already existing story) is to make up your own word, define it, and use it as a main plot point or character drive.

The challenge today involves using a made-up word as a story-starter. I’ll throw one out there if readers find it too difficult to make up a word: furyanta. That’s right. You won’t be seeing that word too many places, but your character will know all about it.

First, make up a definition for furyanta. Is it a noun, adjective, or verb? Determining this first is important, as it can greatly affect how you use it in the story (or how the character uses it, depending on the point of view).

When the word is defined, try starting out by using it in the opening line of the writing exercise. For example: “Not every day do you find a furyanta just lying there on the side of the road.” Or maybe: “To furyanta is a complete last resort, but that’s what Susanna was driven to on that particular icy day.”

You get the idea. Don’t feel confined to furyanta, either; make up your own and have fun. This exercise is easy to get carried away with, so just let yourself go. You may be surprised where you end up.


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