Writing Prompts: How to Set a Scene [Scene Stealers]

Welcome to our third Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles.

In case you’re not familiar with Scene Stealers, here’s how it works:

  • We set the scene
  • You steal it, make it your own, and,
  • Share your creation in the comments section

Of course, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to share your work, but we hope you’ll do the exercise anyway.

 Now for the ground rules:

  • You must use the exact wording we provide—in this case it must appear at the beginning of your story.
  • Your story must be 350 words or less.
  • Your work must be original and not previously published.
  • WTD provides an encouraging and safe environment for writers to grow and learn from each other. We’d love you to comment on other people’s submissions in a friendly and supportive manner.
  • We reserve the right to delete any comments or entries we deem inappropriate and those that do not meet the specifications above.

Writers sometimes have difficulty providing enough of the right information to ensure that the reader disappears into the reality of the story’s setting. This week’s prompt is designed to help you develop your ability to set the scene.

 Scene Stealer #3

Jason pushed himself up on one elbow, groaned, and fell back to the floor. He tried to get his bearings but couldn’t think past the pounding in his head. He waited–maybe 15 seconds or so—and tried again. The room didn’t spin quite as much this time, so he looked around.

Now steal this, flesh out the scene and take the story wherever you want …

We can’t wait to see what happens.

Want to submit a Scene Stealer idea?

It’s easy. Go to the Contact page and send your idea us.  Be sure to include your full name, email address and, if you’d like, a link to your blog or website. If your idea is selected we will share this information with our readers so they’ll know how to find you.

About the author
Mary Jaksch is Editor-in-Chief at Write to Done. Grab her FREE report How to Write Like an A-List Blogger. Mary has helped thousands of students successfully create outstanding and profitable blogs at A-List Blogging and is the blogger behind Goodlife ZEN.

About the author

Mary Jaksch

Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.