Sunday, February 12, 2017

Writing Prompt: The Free Write: Something’s in There

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

This week’s prompt is a free write, so take the seed below and run with it. It doesn’t have to turn into anything (unless you want it to, of course), just let the words flow and see where they go.

Continue this opening sentence:

There was something in the air vent.

Write as much or as little as you’d like.


  1. There was something in the air vent. I could smell it, but I couldn't hear anything. This was mysterious.
    What could it be?
    Where was the lamp when I needed it?

  2. There was something in the air vent. Its yellow eyes watched me through the grill as I spread grape jelly on my toast.

  3. There was something in the air vent, and when you’re on a spaceship, where you have to recycle the same air over and over again, that’s some bad news.

    He wondered what could have gotten on board with them. Rats? Cockroaches? Everyone knew the critters had somehow even managed to infest Mars colony.

    He didn’t fancy crawling up there and go looking. But what the hell. Somebody had to, usually the one with the lowest rank.

    After three days, the captain had to choose a volunteer to go looking for his missing crew member.

    And the scratching noises had multiplied.