Remember something momentous that happened to you. Then write about what happened right before the incident.

After skiing at quite a few of the mountain resorts in the northeast for a little over a decade, I decided to switch to snowboarding. I was sixteen at the time, a junior in high school. When it came time for the yearly family ski trip, my parents picked Stowe Mountain Resort due to its …

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Set something on fire

“All I can see is fire. I can almost feel the heat, like it’s glowing off my cheeks. I’ve been there before. Like a place from my childhood, but it’s all on fire now. The flames keep growing in my eyes and it burns. It’s getting hotter and hotter and that’s when I wake up.” …

Write a scene in which the protagonist is wrongly accused of conspiring to cause a big accident.

    “I wasn’t even there that night. Well okay I was, but not for the whole time. Not for the part of the accident anyway. I was in a fight, you see, with my girlfriend. And she was there, at the party. So naturally I had to go over there because, you know, it wasn’t …