Writing Prompts: 30 March 2022
Wednesday Writing Prompts are back, but renamed simply Writing Prompts. This is so I don’t feel obliged to do one every week, especially when I’m snowed under doing other, paying work.
Six months away
Personally, I try to work roughly 6 months ahead because the majority of my writing markets are quick to take work from me and publish it. Many markets, however, already have their content planned for up to a year.
Quicker writers than me will also be able to churn out an entire book — or more than one — in time to hit the market when the anniversary strikes. You will already know what kind of writer you are.
Do check these dates yourself before doing too much work. If I’ve already noticed any contradictions, I’ll mention them. But sources do go slightly awry on occasion.
What I’m working on in March
In March, I’m ‘thinking’ September, ‘writing’ August, and ‘submitting’ July.
At the moment, I’m catching up, so while I’ve selected seven potential story themes for September, the following prompts are my ‘throwaways’ for that month.While I may not manage to write something about seven different things, I do at least have time to still plan some in between then and now.
Some of the following prompts appeared last year when I was offering prompts for 12 months away. There’s still plenty of time to write something for the faster markets if you can write it now.
These prompts can be applied to fiction or non-fiction, or even poetry.
Topical anniversaries in September 2022
September in general
September is harvest month in the UK. Food festivals, music festivals and well dressings are still underway. But the Morris dancers may have hung up their clogs by now.
Multi-day UK events, September 2022
22 July – 2 October: Buckingham Palace State Rooms open to the public
1 September – 30 September: Urology Awareness Month
9 September – 18 September: Jane Austen Festival, Bath
10 September – 17 September: International Agatha Christie Festival
13 September – 17 September: British Science Festival
17 September – 25 September: London Design Festival
Evergreen: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
Evergreen: Partridge shooting begins
Evergreen: World Coconut Day
40 years ago, on 2 September 1982, Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ house burnt down
100 years ago, on 4 September 1922, William Walmsley and William Lyons founded the Swallow Sidecar Company, which later became Jaguar, in Blackpool
50 years ago, on 4 September 1972, thieves stole 18 paintings from Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Evergreen: National Hot Dog Day
125 years ago, on 10 September 1897, London taxi driver George Smith was the first motorist ever to be convicted of drunk-driving
This year, on 11 September, it’s Ironman Wales
This year, on 11 September, it’s the Great North Run
This year, on 12 September, it’s Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Evergreen: Roald Dahl Day
This year, on 13 September, it’s Widecombe Fair
40 years ago, on 14 September 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco dies following a car crash the previous day
Evergreen: International Red Panda Day
Evergreen: Devil’s Nutting Day
This year, on 22 September, it’s the autumn equinox
125 years ago, on 23 September 1897, a 9-year-old boy became the first motoring fatality on a public highway, crushed to death by a taxi in Hackney, London
This year, on 24 September, it’s World Bollywood Day
Evergreen: Nutcrack Day
This year, on 30 September, it’s the world’s biggest coffee morning
Over to you
I hope you find something of use. Please let me know if you do, and come back and let me know what you did with it/them and how you fared.