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Are you an author in search of a short story idea? Are you a poet looking for a muse or inspiration from which to draw out your verse? Check out our idea pages before or after you write. Move the switch to either Story Ideas or Poem Ideas. Enjoy!

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Story Idea - On or off the Island

A boat has landed on an island far off in a lake. Not an ocean, but a lake. The island, however, has palm trees and the beach found off the higher seas. From where did this place pop up? Why hasn’t anyone ever heard of it? How did you get here? Walk around the island. Share what you see.

Talk about the swaying trees. Talk about the fine, grainy sand. Talk about the random small creatures you see as you ponder to yourself. As you reach a cave, write about whether you seek shelter in the darkness as high clouds bring the darkness all around you as well as a rolling wave of water.

Decide the fate of the day. Decide the interactions between the mind of the character and the surroundings. What is real? What is fantasy? What is part of the island? What is part of your imagination? Do you need to wait until the end of the story to understand if the island even exists? Decide on the story, and write. Post it here, or share elsewhere, but write and enjoy…

Story Idea - On or off the Island

A boat has landed on an island far off in a lake. Not an ocean, but a lake. The island, however, has palm trees and the beach found off the higher seas. From where did this place pop up? Why hasn’t anyone ever heard of it? How did you get here? Walk around the island. Share what you see.

Talk about the swaying trees. Talk about the fine, grainy sand. Talk about the random small creatures you see as you ponder to yourself. As you reach a cave, write about whether you seek shelter in the darkness as high clouds bring the darkness all around you as well as a rolling wave of water.

Decide the fate of the day. Decide the interactions between the mind of the character and the surroundings. What is real? What is fantasy? What is part of the island? What is part of your imagination? Do you need to wait until the end of the story to understand if the island even exists? Decide on the story, and write. Post it here, or share elsewhere, but write and enjoy…

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