Collaborative Stories for the Collective Imagination

Story Prompts

April 2024

Every month, we release new story prompts to help you launch your next collaborative fiction journey. This month’s theme: Sprites

1

This is an origin story or creation myth for red sprites - massive electric discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds and give rise to red abstract shapes that burst up to 30 miles long in the night sky.

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2

A young boy grows up in a desert town and finds regular solace beside a river canal inhabited by a water sprite that only he can see.

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3

In April 1974, designer Tomohiro Nishikado wanted to go beyond the rectangle shapes of "Pong" so he created the first video game to represent character players as pixel-like human sprites. Write a storyline for a video game about a world of rectangles who suddenly discover they may rearrange themselves into something more.

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4

The gang of young goddesses ​set off a red sprite storm whenever they ​carried out their mischief.

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5

It was 1994 and Penelope Cashdollar was the kind of middle school girl who spent her lunch money on a pack of Twix bars, a roll of Lifesaver mints​, and a can of Sprite.

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